The Community Links gang gathers around Charlie Walkus (seated) and his new bowling apparatus last week at North Island Lanes.

The Community Links gang gathers around Charlie Walkus (seated) and his new bowling apparatus last week at North Island Lanes.

Charlie back on lanes

Charlie Walkus returns to bowling lanes after receiving a newly-fabricated bowling aid.

PORT HARDY—Charlie Walkus is back in action.

Walkus, a Port Hardy resident restricted to a wheelchair by cerebral palsy, tested his new bowling apparatus during an outing of the Community Links “gang” to North Island Lanes.

The steel apparatus, featuring legs that fit over Walkus’s chair and a diagonal chute for rolling the ball onto the lane, was fabricated and donated last week by Wade Roberts, a local fisherman and all-around handy man.

“He spent a week building it, and brought it in today,” said Shannon Ward, a support worker with North Island Community Services who helps on the bi-weekly bowling outings of the Community Links group.

Walkus had been limited to sideline cheerleading since his previous apparatus, made of heavy-duty cardboard, was destroyed in the flood that damaged North Island Lanes in September of 2011.