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Bowls In Focus : June July 2011
Bowls In Focus 7 Graeme Hosken President President Leading The Way Leading The Way Leading The Way BEFORE getting into the detail of this month’s column allow me to apolo- gise to Yarraville Footscray’s Wayne Rob- erts for my error in not naming him as the successful skipper in the gold medal win by our Victorian triples team in the recent Bowls Australia Super 6 Series at Nelson Bay. It was entirely my error Wayne, so my apologies and also my congratulations on an outstanding achievement. I would also like to convey my congratulations to Lisa Phillips from Rich- mond Union, Clayton’s Joyce Lindores and Dylan Fisher from Melbourne on being selected to compete in the Golden Nugget Invitation Singles at Tweed Heads on 8-11 August. This is one of the sport’s most prestigious events and to be invited is an achievement in itself. I’m sure Lisa, Joyce and Dylan will represent us with great pride. Recent announcements by the State Government and the tabling by them of proposed amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, is expected to be effective from 1 August 2011. This has in fact illustrated that Bowls Victoria was actively working behind the scenes with the government and government depart- ments, on a confidential basis, to get some action to correct the anomalies aris- ing from previous decisions in this area. The role played by our chief executive Peter Hanlon in these discussions was critical and has been reflected in the wording of the amendments that apply to our particular concerns. These amend- ments now provide Bowls Victoria with some flexibility in the way in which our competitions, including pennant, can now be conducted. This includes the playing of single gender for women if that is the preferred option, provided that certain criteria are considered and met. Over the past month meetings have been held with members of the Victorian Regional Advisory Group (VRAG) and representatives of the match committees from the various Regions and Divisions throughout the state, to explain the proposed amendments to the legislation and to examine the options that are avail- able to us in structuring our competitions. The proposed amendments will hopefully go some way towards increasing the participation level of members, particularly in our pennant competitions. Only time will tell. Early in June the Board ventured off-site for a couple of days to conduct a strategic planning meeting. This meeting, which was very productive, was the first in a series that will lead to the develop- ment of a Strategic Plan for Bowls Victoria covering the period of 2012 to 2016. The development of such a plan is crucial in an organisation such as ours and will assist us in our endeavours to maintain or increase the level of funding that we receive from sources outside of the sport, as well as providing us with action plans needed to achieve success in the conduct of our sport over the im- mediate future. Many of our newly formed committees are actively working on vari- ous projects and they will also play a big part in the development of this plan. Despite some frustrating delays caused by procedural problems in Consumer Affairs Victoria, the process of incorporating all of our new Regions and Divisions is progressing satisfactorily. Many areas have in fact received con- firmation of their incorporation and now have their office bearers and committee structures in place and operating. I know that the process has not been easy, but to all concerned in achieving what has been finalised to date I say thank you and well done. Thanks to our Operations Department, headed by Graeme Bridge, the timetable for season 2011-2012 is now available. A quick glance at it certainly confirms the fact that the coming season is going to be a very busy one, which hopefully will not be impacted by adverse weather like that experienced last season. For the first time all of our men’s state events in the metropolitan area will be conducted up to Region winners by the regions. This will no doubt place an increased workload on the match committees of these regions but I am sure that they will handle the situation capably. In accordance with the constitution of Bowls Victoria four members (two female and two male) of our Board are to retire from office at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting, which is to be held in September. Nomination forms for these vacant positions are now available and I hope that if you are interested in being an integral part of our very exciting future, you will consider completing and lodging your nomination prior to the advertised closing date. To those of you who get the opportu- nity to get away during the winter months I trust that you enjoy the break and that you all travel safely. Diary June 2011 6-7 Bowls Victoria Strategy Meeting 8 Meeting with Premier Division clubs 15 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting 22 Bowls Victoria VRAG Meeting July 13 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting • Victorians Joyce Lindores, Lisa Phillips and Dylan Fisher have been selected to play in the prestigious Golden Nugget Invitation Singles at Tweed Heads on 8-11 August.
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