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Bowls In Focus : August September 2011
Bowls In Focus 9 Graeme Hosken President WITH winter now drawing to a close many Victorians will by now be heading home after having spent time in warmer climates north of the Murray River. They are heading home in anticipation of a new and challenging season of pennant and state competitions, drawn up in line with the new Regions and Divisions of the state and in line with recent amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. For many of us who have been actively involved in the transformation over the last three years or so, it is an exciting time as we see the plans that were outlined originally now coming to fruition. I look forward in anticipation to a great season of bowling enjoyed by all who participate. I am very pleased and thrilled to be able to officially announce that the newly appointed Governor of Victoria, Alex Chernov AO QC, and his wife Elizabeth, in keeping with past traditions, have accepted the invitation of Bowls Victoria to act as Joint Patrons of our organisation. We thank them sincerely for undertaking this role and I look forward to meeting up with them personally in the near future. Over the past month a lot of time has been spent in preparing and lodging with Bowls Australia, our nominations for the inaugural induction of members into the Australian Bowls Hall of Fame. The successful nominations will be announced at a function to be held in Adelaide during the Asia-Pacific Championships early in December. I am very hopeful that from the nominations that we have put forward at least six will be recognised in the inaugural induction. Subsequent inductions will then follow at two yearly intervals. Preparations are progressing well for two major events to be conducted within Victoria later this year. Firstly, the Australian Junior Championships will be conducted at Darebin on October 3-6 . All of the states and territories will be represented at these championships and I am very hopeful that our Victorian representatives will be prominent throughout this competition. The second major event will be the staging of the Victoria Open, which will be conducted on greens within the Shepparton area. The support that Bowls Victoria has received in setting up this event from the City of Greater Shepparton and Shepparton Park Bowls Club has ensured that this event will be a great success. The Victorian Open will provide qualifiers direct entry into the Australian Open to be conducted in February of next year. • Governor of Victoria, Alex Chernov AO QC and his wife Elizabeth.
June July 2011