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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
40 Bowls In Focus The kids roll in at the National Championships The 2011 Under-18 National Championships were recently conducted at the Darebin City Bowling Club where Victoria played host to the best junior bowlers in the land. Whilst the competition was heating up for the competitors on the greens, more than 70 children from the Victorian Under-18 Development Squads around the state arrived to participate in clinics presented by former Australian international representative and Commonwealth Games medallist Barrie Lester. Taken through drills and games, whilst being taught techniques about how to best prepare for every condition possible, the kids began to show that in the coming years, it will be them potentially donning the ‘Big V’ to compete for their state. This was a great opportunity to give the youngsters a chance to meet one of the best bowlers in Australia and give them an idea of what they need to do to improve their game if they want to reach the highest level. The improvement of every player was evident after spending time on the greens and the excitement and enthusiasm shown by all was fantastic to see. On the final day of competition, over 100 children, representing 12 local schools, who participate in the Active After-School Communities program - a national Australian Sports Commission initiative - were exposed to the nation’s finest Under-18 bowling talents. The AASC program aims to engage traditionally inactive children in sport and other structured physical activities, and through a positive and fun experience, develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club. The children learnt the basics of lawn bowls through fun and innovative games and drills, to gain an understanding of the rules and techniques, before having a chance to emulate their junior peers vying for a national championship title by having a game themselves. I would like to take this opportunity to thank AASC, Barrie Lester from Bowls Australia, all the parents and managers of the Under-18 Development Squads, all the teachers and carers, and of course the children who took part in the event. If you would like to learn more about the Under-18 Development Squads, please visit our website at www.bowlsvic.org.au, while for information relating to the AASC program, visit: www.ausport.gov.au/participating/schools_ and_juniors/aasc on the web. Health and Bowls Health & Bowls Jane McMenaman • Youngsters from the AASC program enjoyed the bowls activities at Darebin.
August September 2011