Moreton Bay Bats, winners of the Moreton Bay Shield 2021
Welcome to the Blind Bats Inc Website. Our website is designed to provide you with information about Blind Bats Inc and our inclusive activities. Feel free to go through each of the website pages and as you read each page, ask yourself if you would like to help us progress our aims and objectives.
The 2021 launch of our Beeping Cricket Ball proved to be an incredibly special occasion for Blind Bats Inc. and the Moreton Bay Community. Representatives from all three levels of Government, our local University USC, and various leaders from within the local community came together to showcase community-inclusive activities.
In 2022 we have progressed our prototype Beeping Ball to the final stage and along with Beep Cricket, introduced 3 new sports, Football, Softball and, Touch Football.
Also in 2022, we formed BATS Sports Club, Moreton Bay, the Inclusive Sport and Activities sub-branch that manages our Inclusive Sport and Activities program. For those who reside in the Moreton Bay Region, free safe bus transport is available to those who need it. To become a member, click here. Bats Sports Club sport and activities are community inclusive.
In 2023, we will be introducing the sport of Hockey. Also being introduced in 2023 will be Deep Sea Fishing, Ten Pin Bowling, and Social Events. Expansion to other locations is now in progress.
Beep Sports Day
Sunday 11 June 2023
10 am – 2 pm
IS IT ON? YES
2023 Creative Industries Demo Day!
Congratulations to Blind Bats, the unanimous Judges’ Choice winner at the 2023 Creative Industries Demo Day!
🚀 Introducing the game-changer: Blind Bats’ Beeping Ball!
We’re thrilled to celebrate Blind Bats’ President, Paul Szep, and his Beeping Ball as the unanimous Judges’ Choice winner at the 2023 Creative Industries Demo Day. read more
Mayor's XI v BATS
This inaugural event proved to be a big winner with both the Moreton Bay community and visitors from other regions of Queensland, giving it the thumbs up. Because of this, an annual shield was produced. However, mainly due to delays caused by the Covid-19 shutdowns and local flooding of our facilities and grounds, the return match has been rescheduled for a day in the second quarter of 2023. We very much look forward to this event. read more
Inclusive Sport on a Sunday
Beep Cricket Under Lights
Listen to our radio 101.5fm ad!
BATS Sports Club’s Inclusive Beep Sports Program is conducted each Sunday. To confirm if this activity is on, check out the notice on the top right column of this page. These Beep Sports Sessions will be held each weekend on a Saturday Night or Sunday. To view our Event Calendar click here
Podcast with Ian Healy
Listen to our Podcast with Ian Healey
At Blind Bats Inc, our aim is to provide our members with the opportunity to participate in activities designed to experience a more active and inclusive lifestyle.
We are working closely with local community groups, sporting clubs/associations to develop programs that help deliver our aim. Please feel free to let others in your community know about us and our services. Blind Bats Inc. is a family-friendly charity.
NDIS NEWS: Beeping Cricket Ball
NDIS Media Release
26 September, 2022
Paul makes perfect pitch for beep cricket
Meet Paul Szep, the Kerry Packer of blind cricket, who is set to change the way the game is played since its creation 100 years ago. read more
ABC DIGITAL NEWS
Beeping cricket ball inventor and Blind Bats founder Paul Szep celebrates progress in modified game, read more
Listen to the ABC Radio Interview – Beeping Ball
When Paul was six months old, his family was told he was legally blind as a result of contracting a disease called Pink’s disease in the hospital.
“It was a rare disease that was brought over from England, and there was only a few people in the hospital that contracted it, but they all ended up with eyesight like mine,” Szep told 7NEWS.com.au. Read more
Vision Australia Radio
Listen to the Vision Australia Radio podcast with Sam Corley and Paul Szep, President of Blind Bats Inc.
To listen click here
A Blast From The Past
Ben Felten is the world’s fastest blind man on a motorcycle!
I recently caught up with a dear friend of mine who is one of the most driven and talented blind people I have ever met. We go back to the late 80s and early 90s at Nepean Blind Sports Club where a group of people from the local community, unknowingly established the first inclusive sports club for the blind in Australia.
Ben Felten, Michael Linke, and I, were leaders who formed one of the most successful Blind Sports Clubs in NSW, winning the NSW Blind Cricket Competition at our first attempt. We all have moved on to bigger and better things now however, in my heart, Ben will always be a shining light for young legally blind people. He is living proof that if you have the will and are prepared to do the work, you can achieve your dreams no matter how much sight you have.
President, Blind Bats Inc.