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Bowls In Focus : February 2010
We welcome new staff member Jane McMena- man to the Bowls Victoria Development Team in her new position as Development Officer. Jane is a familiar face to many on the greens where she has been a division one bowler for some years at the Fitzroy-Victoria Bowls Club, and will be bowling at 'Tigerland' with Richmond Union next season. She has also been the smiling face of the RVBA at Bowler's House where she undertook reception and administrative duties last year. Jane has a passion for all sports and would argue that she has played most. Over the years golf, football, cricket, soccer, swimming, tennis and netball were all a big part of her sporting life. Being a very patriotic Victorian, her greatest sporting achievement to date was being selected to play and represent her state in the Victorian Women's Under-17 cricket team. She aims to one day represent her beloved state and country in lawn bowls as well. Jane is a keen AFL supporter and follows Essendon, but it was in her formative years she followed her father around the various VFL/AFL football clubs where he was employed. He was an assistant to well-known coach John 'Swooper' Northey, who was at the helm of the Melbourne, Richmond and Brisbane clubs for a total of 271 VFL/AFL games in the 1980s and 1990s. This association was to be was very influential as it taught Jane about leadership at a very young age, something she has carried on in both her sporting and professional career. In her new role, Jane hopes to promote the sport of lawn bowls to people of all walks of life and to re- move the perception from the community that 'lawn bowls is only a sport for old people'. She believes everybody should be given an equal opportunity to enjoy bowls, regardless of their age, gender, physi- cal or intellectual ability, race or income. Jane looks forward to her new and challenging role with Bowls Victoria and is hopeful that her leadership skills and passion for the game inspires others to help shape lawn bowls to be the envy of other sports in the state. She replaces popular former development officer Tim Cleveland who has moved on to a position with the Wyndham City Council. - Marnie Gregory New face in state team • Meet Jane McMenaman the newest recruit to the Bowls Victoria team.
March April 2010