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Bowls In Focus : January 2010
Bowls In Focus 31 A Fond Farewell Well, all good things eventually have to come to an end, and at the end of December 2009 my time on the RVBA/VLBA Development Team con- cluded when I accepted a unique opportunity to work with the Wyndham City Council. This new challenge allows me to work closer to my young family, something that is very important to me. My new position also involves working with a number of junior and multicultural bowls programs running out in the Wyndham City Council area, as well as working with a number of other sports. Having recently com- pleted my 'Club Coach' Bowls accreditation and being a current member of the Werribee RSL Bowls Club, I will definitely be looking to stay involved in the sport of bowls into the future. I have enjoyed my time working in bowls, having experienced and witnessed a great deal of progres- sion and change during almost three years in it. This is most evident recently with bowls clubs voting in favour of moving forward to become a new unified Bowls Victoria organisation. I hope that I have managed to have a positive impact on the sport and have assisted in its progres- sion. In my time working with bowls, the sport has experienced significant increases in participation and created a range of new opportunities for people from a number of disadvantaged communities. These disadvantaged communities include par- ticipants from multicultural and low socio economic backgrounds as well as accommodating a broad range of disability groups. I have also enjoyed contrib- uting to the development of juniors in the sport, which has experienced a significant increase in junior par- ticipation numbers between 2007-2009. This is largely a result of the implementation of a fantastic Under-18 Development Squad program, which was formulated by the RVBA/VLBA Junior Committees. Programs such as the 'Under-18 Development Squad programs', 'Schools Pennant Competi- tion', 'Active After Schools Community Program', 'Multicultural Bowls Program', the 'RecLink Bowls Program' and the 'Victorian State Disability Squad Program', which now accommodate bowls squads for people with specific needs. These include people with intellectual disabilities (VICSRAPID Squad), physical disabilities (Wheelchair Sports Victoria Squad), vision impairment (Victorian Blind Bowlers Association Squad) and the hearing impaired (Victorian Deaf Bowlers Association). An identified 'disability pathway' has been drafted recently through the 'Bowls Disability Steering Committee', which was formulated to work towards accommodating the needs and increase opportunities for people with disabilities. All of these aforemen- tioned programs have contributed to creating oppor- tunities for more people to play bowls, which works to raise awareness of the sport and most importantly increases participation in the sport. I would also like to make mention of the huge sup- port 'Sport & Recreation Victoria' has contributed, par- ticularly from the 'Access All Abilities (AAA)' providers that are located across all of the Victorian Local gov- ernment council areas. The AAA co-ordinators have provided localised assistance in catering support for people with disabilities and their integration into bowls clubs. There are now 80% of AAA co-ordinators assisting with bowls programs across Victoria and reflecting that bowls is one of the most accommodat- ing sports that the AAA works with. I would also like to thank VicHealth for their contribution and support to the sport of bowls. Without VicHealth's funding support, many of our bowls programs that cater for disadvantaged communities would have trouble getting off the ground. Likewise, I would like to thank everyone from the bowling community that I have worked with over my time, for opening their clubs to assist with many of the programs and providing insight into the challenges faced by many clubs operating at grassroots level. Finally I would like to thank all the staff and volun- teers in both the VLBA and RVBA offices that I have worked with for their assistance. I would particularly like to thank Peter Hanlon and Leonie Schulz for the guidance and the opportunities they have provided me with during my time with bowls. I look forward to seeing the next exciting chapter as the sport moves forward to become Bowls Victoria. 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