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Moreton Bay Bats, winners of the Moreton Bay Shield 2021

Above is a group photo of participants who played in the Mayor’s XI match held in September 2021. Mayor’s players are in white, the BATS players are in Maroon and Umpires in Blue.
Above is a group photo of participants who played in the Mayor’s XI match held in September 2021. Mayor’s players are in white, the BATS players are in Maroon and Umpires in Blue.

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 objects and aims.

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. Early 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.

Also in 2022, we formed BATS Sports Club, Moreton Bay, the Inclusive Activities sub-branch that manages Inclusive Activities for those who reside in the Moreton Bay Region. Free local transport is available to those who need it. Blind Bats Inc. hope to raise other BATS Sports Clubs in selected locations throughout Australia. To become a member of  BATS Sports Club Moreton Bay click here.

All Bats Sports Club events are inclusive.

Soccer (3)

10am – 2pm, Sunday 5 February 2023

IS IT ON?    YES

Mayor's XI v BATS

A photo of the players in the Mayor's XI match. BATs players are in maroon uniforms and the Mayor's players are in white uniforms. The Umpires are wearing blue shirts and black trouwsers.
A photo from the Mayor's XI match. BATS players are in maroon uniforms and the Mayor's players are in white uniforms. The umpires are wearing blue shirts.

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 Sports Day on Sundays

Brendon batting for the Blue Dolphins team, listens closely to the new beeping cricket ball as he readies himslf to hit the ball through the covers.
Brendon, batting for the Blue Dolphins team, listens closely to the new beeping cricket ball. He is determined to hit the ball through the field to the boundary but the Red Dragons team fielders have other ideas.

Beep Cricket Under Lights

Beep Cricket at night for the first time. In the photo from left to right are Bill Hensen (umpire), Karen Carpenter (bowler), and Paul Szep (observer). Karren, a member of the Dragons team is ready to bowl the white beeping cricket ball.
Beep Cricket at night for the first time. In the photo from left to right are Bill Hensen (umpire), Karen Carpenter (bowler), and Paul Szep (observer). Karren, a member of the Dragons team is ready to bowl the white beeping cricket ball.

Saturday Night - Beep Cricket

Blue Dolphin's batsman Brendon, listens closely to the beeing ball in readiness to hit through the fielders to the boundary.
Blue Dolphin's batsman Brendon, listens closely to the beeing ball in readiness to hit through the fielders to the boundary.

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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

A photo of Ian Healy, Paul Szep and Tony Clark in the podcast on Beep Cricket
Ian Healy, Paul Szep and Tony Clark in this Podcast speaking about Beep Cricket

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

The technology used in our Beep Cricket Ball will be used in a number of ball sports included in the BATS Sports Club's Inclusive Sports Program

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 RADIO

Listen to the ABC Radio Interview – Beeping Ball

ABC DIGITAL NEWS

Beeping cricket ball inventor and Blind Bats founder Paul Szep celebrates progress in modified game, read more

A Blast From The Past

Above is a photo of Kenin Magee (World Champion GP Racer) with Ben Felton (Blind Motorcycle Speed World Record Holder). Both riders standing next to their motor bikes on the white salt flat test track.
Above is a photo of Kenin Magee (World Champion GP Racer) with Ben Felton (Blind Motorcycle Speed World Record Holder).

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.

Paul Szép

President, Blind Bats Inc.

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2022 Beep Cricket Presentation Night

From left to right, Photo of Paul Szep, Ian Healy Adam Haine at the 2022 Beep Cricket Presentatoin Night
From left to right, Photo of Paul Szep, Ian Healy Adam Haine at the 2022 Beep Cricket Presentatoin Night