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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
8 Bowls In Focus Peter Hanlon RVBA News Around the Greens RVBA News Around the Greens RVBA News What should I say in my role with the RVBA, when we are less than two months away from voting to amalgamate (or not) with the VLBA to form a new organisa- tion in Bowls Victoria? First and foremost I believe it should happen. I know that my President and my Board believe it should happen. I know that the President, Executive Officer and Board of the VLBA believe it should happen. I have had numerous Clubs write to inform the RVBA that they have voted for unification already - some almost 12 months ago. In saying so, I recognise the history and legacy of the RVBA as an organisation established in 1880 and can see no reason for not con- tinuing to celebrate its heritage for many years to come (as with that of the VLBA with its 102 years as a leading Association in women's sport). Then I reflect on my previous careers in football and cricket. My employment in VFL/AFL from 1989- 2001 just happened to correspond with the transition of the VFL to become the AFL - which for Victoria meant the end of the VFL and the VFA, as we had known them, but ensured the success of the game, which in Victoria had declined in participation by 33% between 1981 and 1988. In recent years, most football- mad Victorians would not have even thought of what happened to the VFA, had forgotten about the VFL Under-19s and embraced the Calder Cannons etc as the breed- ing grounds for new talent, and never even known that the body known as Football Victoria, which had overseen all football in our state since the 1990's, recently was renamed AFL Victoria. Then I was with the national body for cricket (2001-2006) as it moved from being the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) to become Cricket Australia. I was lucky enough to be part of the team developing the new logo for Cricket Australia and all that it symbolizes. Australians have embraced Cricket Australia and recognise the baggy green cap as its iconic symbol. But, how many cricket-mad Victorians have noted that (apart from being associated with the Board of Cricket Australia itself) the only place you'll see the traditional ACB Coat of Arms is on the baggy green cap (men's and women's national teams) and not on the playing uniforms or other playing caps? The tradition lives on through the baggy green and the Board, but as part of a modern, streamlined organisation. The consequent changes at state level to the Victorian Cricket Association in becoming Cricket Victoria were not easy or without opposition, but they enabled the sport to adapt and progress in ways which would otherwise have been slow and cumbersome. And the Cricket Victoria offices are filled with the historic galleries of shields, photos, furniture from the days of the VCA. The heritage is respected and secure. The fears and concerns that bowlers have about the proposal to embrace a new identity (Bowls Victoria) and a more modern sys- tem of governance for our sport is probably not much different to the issues addressed by other sports, and by other state bowls associa- tions who have already amalgam- ated (Bowls WA, Bowls SA, Bowls NT, Bowls ACT, Bowls Tasmania, Bowls Queensland and Bowls Australia). Many of the other State B Associations which have un have enabled Victoria to not learn from their mistakes, bu also learn from the strength well structured unified body. we have been very well guid learning of these through th years of solid work, which h to the vote being set for 3 D ber 2009. My fear is that the vote w be 75% 'yes' for both organi tions, and how we as manag and Boards are to interpret a vote. The RVBA and VLBA alre do so much together that th move to unify at State level pears so logical - and to not so illogical. We jointly own o million plus building in Hawt We have joint committees fo Under-18 Development Squ for Promotion and Develop- ment, for Coaching. We join run this magazine. We jointl manage our Development Team. We jointly manage our biggest funding agencie (VicHealth and State Gover ment). We have taken out jo insurance (where we can) with BCiB. And do many oth things together. To not unify - does that mean go back to being completely separate? To sto doing things co-operatively/ collaboratively? To run Under-18 squads separate- ly? To address all the issues with coach education sepa- rately? To establish two websites rather than our current one? To stop running test matches together? To address financial matters separately? To continue with two separate databases for membership? To continue with two affiliation fees? To compete for gov- ernment funding and sponsorship? The other fears in the bowls community relate to changes at local level. The Joint Working Party has tried to communicate that the changes at local level will be mini- mal. That pennant competitions will continue, that championships will continue, that volunteers at all lev- els will still have significant roles to play at Club, Association (Division) and Group (Region) levels, as well as on State Committees. That clubs can continue to have separate committees for mens and ladies sections if that is what they want to do. Many clubs may well set up a more streamlined system (as indeed many already have done), but that is up to each club. The heritage of bowls in Victoria is rich, dating back to clubs in 1864. Throughout our history there have been changes to enable the sport to adapt and respond to the times. Now is a time when all state sporting associations need to be able to be managed as businesses, with effective modern governance structures and a capacity to drive the business and the sport as a major competitor for funding, partnerships and participants in a highly competitive environment. From a state perspective, our current structures simply do not en- able us to meet these objectives. Some Observations