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Bowls In Focus : January 2010
Doncaster Sporting Gear 914A Doncaster Road, East Doncaster Vic 3109 Ph: (03) 9848 7387 We have everything you need with over 40 Brands across the store. S g y With over 10 Brands to choose from we have a full range of Mens & Ladies Colour Shirts & Pants. Colour Clothing Catalogues for Club Orders available now! wwww.doncastersportinggoods.com.au Bowls Embraces Multiculturalism Sunshine City Bowling Club proved to be the perfect location for the conclusion of an eight- week introductory pilot program conducted by Bowls Victoria for western suburb migrants and refugees last month. Approximately 54 young men and women from countries such as, Sri Lanka, Korea, Serbia, Ethiopia, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Sudan and the Middle East competed in a two-bowl fours round robin finale. Ah Bu of Korean descent and proud member of the runners-up team arrived in Australia only days prior to participating in the bowls gala day. What Ah Bu may have lacked in skill and flair, he made up with his pure enthusiasm for bowls. He was delighted that he wad given the opportunity to compete and the hospitality that he received from the volunteers at Sunshine City. The winning team was comprised of three male members and a female member, all of Ethiopian descent from the Footscray AMES (Adult Migrant Education Service) campus. Efraim Abay, Esti- fanos Tulu, Tilahun Tessay and Azmera Bitelign all managed to hold their nerve and took out the championship narrowly by two shots. The high quality of bowling displayed throughout the day illustrated that the program was successful in providing all of the students with an insight into the history, traditions and theory of the game, as well as the practical skills of playing bowls. The Program has been developed for mature age literacy and Youth Program English language students who have attended one of many state- wide AMES campuses. Working in conjunction with AMES and SWS (SpiritWest Services is the education, training and community development division of the Western Bulldogs Football Club), the bowls program has assisted with further developing the students' language skills and has also served to expose the group to Australian culture whilst connecting the Sunshine City and Werribee RSL Bowling Clubs to their changing community. Terry Norris, experienced Sunshine City club coach and bowls enthusiast, initiated contacted with the Victorian Bowls Development Team late last year. He had developed a keen interest in the program as result of a previous feature articles written in this magazine. He was extremely excited about the possible prospects of his club becom- ing involved and the Victorian Development Team saw the Sunshine City club as an ideal match for expanding the program. Terry said, "The club was delighted with how the program was organised and the volunteers got a real thrill out of mixing with such a variety of indi- viduals spanning different nationalities and culture backgrounds." It was evident that the simple, inclusive nature of bowls enabled everyone in the group to participate on equal terms, no matter their background or physical stature. The program is a two-year commitment that has been made possible by the support of VicHealth (PISCAR program) and our continued partnership with the AMES Footscray and Werribee Campuses, and SWS. I would take this opportunity to thank all of you that have supported the Multicultural Bowls programs and the various other programs and ini- tiatives that have transpired in the past 12 months. Volunteers are extremely important in our ability to be able to conduct successful programs and pilot new ideas. Without them it would extremely difficult to deliver on such initiatives as the one above. There- fore, I would personally like to send all volunteers a special thank you for enabling 2009 to be a suc- cessful year for the Development Team. This year promises to be an extremely exciting time for bowls in Victoria with the launch of the new Forty/40 bowls program and with recent unification of the RVBA and VLBA; I encourage all of you to jump on board and enjoy the exciting times that are in store for Bowls Victoria. I look forward to reporting on more events and hopefully inspiring you all to greatness in 2010. Kate Benton • Competitors in the recent fnal at Sunshine City showed plenty of enthusiasm.