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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
32 Bowls In Focus Interview BAYSIDEJACKHIGHBOWLS 739 Centre Road Bentleigh East, 3165 PH / FAX 9579 4440 www.baysidejackhighbowls.com.au For your new season • Club Clothing • Accessories • Lawn bowls • Good ser vice and Advice BOWLS COORDINATOR Tweed Heads Bowls Club is a world class entertainment venue consisting of 4 outdoor greens, an internationally renowned indoor green, 3 restaurants and a modern gam- ing floor. The Club is located in a picturesque area near the border of Qld and NSW. The Bowls Coordinator is considered a crucial position and reports to the General Manager. The Bowls Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination and development of bowls at the Club, including organising major bowls tourna- ments and promoting the game of bowls throughout the community. The successful candidate requires: excellent communica- tion and people management skills, good organisational skills and a thorough knowledge of the game of lawn bowls. It is desirable that you are an accredited registered coach and be recognised as a top quality bowler. Candidates will require previous experience in organising bowling events and working with volunteers. Hours of work and remuneration package are negotiable. For more information and a Position Description contact the HR Manager – Penny Tovey on firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (07) 5506 8147. Applications Close: 4th November, 2011 Thirty years ago a starry-eyed teenager watched the Men’s World Bowls Championships at Frankston and at the end of the day she announced that one day she would play this sport. And she has. Not so many years back she announced to some friends she would win something significant in bowls. And she has. The Victorian Women’s Singles Championship to be precise, and very a significant win considering that in the bowling world Melissa Larcombe would be considered just out of rookie school having started in 2006 with four lessons at Moama. “And away I went,” she laughs recalling that she fulfilled that teenage promise to herself and no doubt to her grandmother Florence Scott, who took her to the event. But it is easy to understand how quickly Melissa honed her skills as she is, or was until bitten by the bowling bug, a spor tswoman of all seasons, blessed with a natural co- ordination and blessed with a brain that can sor t out puzzles and problems in an eye blink. In 1987 she re-wrote the then highly popular live TV game show ‘ Wheel Of Fortune’ record book, by amassing $60,681.00 with a string of winning answers. The format was, a contestant spun the wheel and it stopped on a puzzle that had to be solved. “ It was a lot of money then. I also won a car, four holidays, ninety prizes overall.” I still have a few left, like the guilt mirror that hangs in the hallway at home and I drove the car for years,” she laughed as she told the story of delivery trucks rocketing up to her house on a weekly basis with things like washing machines and TV sets. But she is quick to point out that her mental agility is a skill inherited from her late father Ian Scott, a banking executive who had absolutely no need for a calculator. “ You could throw up an incredible sum at him and he would answer it just like that,” said Melissa, snapping her fingers in the air as she went on to explain that her father also masterminded the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund, which channeled into early research on infant cot death. As she speaks of him it is obvious who her role model was. It was her father who was responsible for the first big challenge in life, horse riding, when his early-proposed retirement from the bank was refused and he was offered his choice of jobs – trouble shooting at country branches because he preferred the way of life. “ Naturally I didn’t want to leave the city, so I was bribed by dad with the promise of a pony when we moved to Alexandra,” she laughed. Watch out here comes Melissa!
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