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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
Bowls In Focus 39 RECLINK Celebrates Mental Health Week Sunshine City Bowls Club played host to the RECLINK 2009 Mental Health Week Bowls Day early in October. The day was co-ordinated by Peter Hession, who oversees all of RECLINK's Bowls programs, and was attended by approximately 30 participants, including a number of different agencies. RECLINK works to assist and fund individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and supports a range of programs, such as the well publicised 'Choir of Hard Knocks' program. RECLINK has contributed over $12,000 towards bowls program in the last 12 months in order to engage their members in the sport. It also runs a number of bowls programs around the Melbourne metropolitan area and works together with a number of bowls clubs including Lilydale, Sunshine City and Bundoora RSL. Congratulations to Peter on his fantastic efforts to get another year of successful bowls programs up and running. The next big RECLINK bowls event will be the Christmas party, which is to be run at the Bundoora RSL Bowls Club and will have close to 200 members on the green. For more information about the RECLINK bowls programs please contact Tim Cleveland from the Victorian Development Team on (03) 9819 0757. Girls Sport Victoria Day Recently the Ashburton Bowls Club played host to the Girls Sports Victoria Sports Day. The day involved a number of girls' schools engaging in a number of sports including bowls. Nearly 60 girls participated in the bowls program in an attempt to try and get more girls engaging in the sport. Some of the schools involved were PLC, MLC and Sacre Coeur. This bowls program is aimed at attempting to increase the number of girls schools and girls participating in the Metropolitan Schools Pennant program (run in February-March each year). The RVBA and VLBA is also targeting getting more girls involved in the Under-18 Development Squads program as well as identifying more talent for the VLBA Under-18 State Squad program. A big thank you to all the coaches and volunteers who assisted in making the Sports Day a great success. Likewise to the Ashburton club for again providing the use of its clubrooms and greens. For more information on the Girls Sports Victoria Sports Day, the Under-18 Development Squads program, or the Victorian Metro Schools Pennant Competition, please contact Tim Cleveland from the Development Team on (03) 9819 0757. Deaf Bowlers Squad Last month the Victorian Deaf Bowlers Squad had their first training session at the Geelong RSL Bowling Club. The day was coordinated by squad coach Joy Jarvis and Robyn Larkin, president of Deaf Bowlers Victoria. The session was well attended and also enjoyed by a number of coaches and volunteers from the Geelong area. It is the first of many involved in lead up to the National Deaf Games, to be held at Lockleys Bowling Club in Adelaide in April 2010. This squad is one of four Victorian Disability Bowls Squads and capitalises on the many people with disabilities taking up the sport of bowls. The other disability squads are Victorian VICSRAPID Bowling Squad (catering for persons with intellectual disabilities; Victorian Blind Bowlers Squad (catering for persons with sight impairment); and Wheelchair Sports Victoria Bowling Squad (catering for persons with physical disabilities). For more information regarding the Victorian Disability Squads programs and how to get involved contact Tim Cleveland from the Victorian Development Team on (03) 9819 0757. Tim Cleveland • Coaching guru Shirley Snow puts a group of young ladies through their paces at Ashburton.