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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
Bowls In Focus 41 Club recognised for Inclusive Approaches Australia Day 2011 was extra cause for celebra- tion for everyone involved at the Melton Bowl- ing Club when they were recognised for their efforts to encourage opportunities for young bowlers with a disability. The club won the ‘Community Project of the Year’ category in the Shire of Melton Community Achiever Awards, and took centre stage when it were presented with the award in front of hundreds of people during Council’s Australia Day celebra- tions. Melton has been involved in the Western Region Lawn Bowls Program for each of the five seasons it has been operating. The program sees Special- ist Schools link with their local Bowls Club for six weeks of learn-to-bowl activities, culminating with an inter-school Gala Day competition, where the schools vie to become the Western region champions. Club president, Daryl Leonard highlights why the club has been such an active and enthusiastic par- ticipant “Not only do the students benefit, but our club benefits greatly too,” he said. “We introduce new people to the sport we love, we get to promote our club to the wider community and our volunteers get a real boost from being a par t of something so valuable for local young people with a disability.” He added, “This has been a joint effor t between the club, school and Council’s Access for All Abili- ties program and I would encourage all clubs to think about what they could do to include people with a disability, and there is plenty of support avail- able if clubs do want to take this inclusive path.” One of the key outcomes of the project has been the development of a variety of games, initially developed for this program but now being used by the club to introduce other new participants to the sport. With the guidance and support of Council’s Access for All Abilities Officer, the games were cre- ated and new equipment introduced. The difference to the bowls experience for the students and the club’s volunteers alike has been fantastic. I would like to take this opportunity to congratu- late Melton Bowling Club on its wonderful award and encourage other clubs to follow its lead. Melton Bowling Club will also be hosting a VIC- SRAPID day in March for the Victorian Squad for persons with an intellectual disability, where players from the Western Region Lawn Bowls Program have been invited to attend. Vics victorious at the Open It was a very successful week for the Victorians in the inaugural Australian Open – Athletes With a Disability Championships when Tony Scott, Josh Barry and Ross Brown played brilliantly to claim gold medals, while Michael Barca, Mary Price and Joanna Lomagno won silver medals in their respec- tive events. Bowls Australia changed the tournament for 2011 to allow all MOU partners an opportunity to participate in the event as opposed to the past when only AUSRAPID (persons with an intellectual disability) had been involved. Each participating state was able to select one male and one female competitor for each discipline. The Victorian representatives were: VICSRAPID: Ross Brown and Joanna Lomagno. Disability Spor t and Recreation Victoria: Josh Barry. Deaf Bowls Victoria: Michael Barca and Lorraine Turner. Blind Bowls Victoria: Tony Scott and Mary Price. Congratulations to all players on their fantastic achievements and we look forward to developing our teams for next year. Health Through Bowls Health Through Bowls Jane McMenaman • Shire mayor Justin Mammarella presents Melton women’s president Lyn Leonard with the community award. • State coaches Glen Baskett and Gay Jebb (rear) with Victorian BWD medallists Ross Brown, Josh Barry and Joanna Lomagno at the Australian Open. Coffs Coast Holiday Parks Follow us on CoffsCoastHolidays CoffsHolidays Park Beach Holiday Park & Sawtell Beach Caravan Park Ocean View Villas Powered and Ensuite Sites Free weekly BBQ Breakfast# Special Long Stay Rates Walk to Bowling Club, Beach and Cafes #BBQ Breakfast is cooked by staff during winter months June to end August. *The winter deal is valid on all Cabins and Powered Sites from 1 May to 31 Aug 2011. Winter Deal Stay for 7 nights and get 1 night FREE* Winter Deal Stay for 7 nights and get 1 night FREE* Free Call: 1800 200 111 www.coffsholidays.com.au