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Bowls In Focus : June July 2010
24 Bowls In Focus Consider looking outside the square Now we are coming into winter and well into the off-season, it is time for clubs to consider how they might recruit new members for next season. Whilst many clubs go down the social bowls path, very few consider opening their doors to disability or multicultural groups. Are there social clubs for particular nationalities in your area? Have you considered extend- ing an invitation to the group to come down and try lawn bowls? I paid a visit to a club recently and the president was telling me how they hire out their facilities to many com- munity groups within the area, including the local Italian social club to play cards. I thought to myself, fantastic! Here is a club who is welcoming local groups within the community. I then asked how often they get out on the green to have a roll. The president looked at me blankly and said, 'Never, they just play cards'. During the time I was there, on a morning during the middle of the week, there were at least 20 people walking through the clubhouse using the facilities for different programs, but there was not one person out on the green for a fair part of the morning. I suggested to the president that maybe there was an opportunity to invite the card players to give the cards a miss one week and have a try of bowls. Okay, if they aren't interested, that's fine. What have you lost? Maybe 30 seconds of your time by asking the ques- tion. If you don't consider these things, you could poten- tially lose a whole lot more. What if these 10 gentlemen decide they want to give bowls a try, and better still, they enjoy it! There are potentially 10 members sitting there under the club's nose and a simple invitation to have a roll might be all that it takes. Often I hear of clubs holding 'Try Bowls Days' where they encourage new people to their club. Something many clubs don't consider is making contact with their local council to use their networks. They have access to many groups within the area and are normally more than happy to help promote a day that benefits the community. Most local Councils also employ an Access All Abili- ties (AAA) officer, who is able to help link people with a disability to local sporting clubs. AAA's are a fantastic resource as they can also assist a club that aims to be- come more inclusive, with training and valuable advice as to how best prepare their facilities. Maybe clubs could consider contacting their local AAA for their next 'Try Bowls Day' and extend their hand to a new audience. If you would like the contact details for your local Access All Abilities officer, please contact me on 9819 0757 or email@example.com The 2010 National Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls Championships These championships hosted by Wheelchair Sports Victoria last month at Darebin City Bowls Club. There were 30 entries competing for glory in both the singles and pairs competitions and teams travelled from all over Australia represent- ing Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. The finals produced a quality display of bowling and sportsmanship in both disciplines. In the pairs final the partnership of Liam Buckley and David Bailey proved too strong with a convincing win over Neville Dum- mett and Peter Ackley in straight sets. The women's singles final went down to a tie-breaker in a close match between NSW teammates, with Jillian Cupples overcoming Joanne Hunter. Two of Australia's young guns Liam Buckley and Josh Barry battled it out in the men's singles final after dominating the earlier rounds of the tournament. Josh, the defending champion, was beaten by Liam whose brilliant form throughout the tournament enabled him to claim both the singles and pairs titles. Final Results: Men's Singles: Liam Buckley (SA) defeated Josh Barry (Vic) 10-4, 8-7. Women's Singles: Jillian Cupples (NSW) defeated Joanne Hunter (NSW) 5-12, 6-5, 4-0. Pairs: Liam Buckley and David Bailey (SA) defeated Neville Dummett and Peter Ackley (NSW) 7-4, 14-4. Jane McMenaman • Singles fnalists Liam Buckley and Josh Barry on the Darebin indoor carpet.
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