AAA bowls day at Sandown Cobras
Bowls is a sport for life, and there’s no shortage of examples of bowlers of all ages doing great things in the sport.
Many first try bowls because of family connections, while others are exposed to the sport when they’re young through school programs and fun days.
Bowls Victoria recently took part in an All Sports Fun Day in Springvale for students from specialist schools and disability services, and helped over 200 people experience bowls for the first time.
A joint initiative between the Sandown Cobras All Abilities Club and City of Greater Dandenong, the All Sports Fun Day saw Bowls Victoria, AFL, Baseball, Cricket, Football, Badminton, Netball, Tennis, Basketball and Volleyball run activities for people to come and try.
The circuit of activities gave attendees the opportunity to try all the sports and access information about other opportunities to be involved.
The day also included a delicious sausage sizzle for lunch, a game of football and there were even friendly mascots roaming around helping add to the fun of the day.
Bowls activities were run by Bowls Victoria’s Peter Loe and Scott Nicholas, and up-and-comer Lucas Protopapas with the help of SEDA Sport students Dylan and Patrick.
Lucas is set to represent Australia along with fellow Victorian Josh Barry at the World Cerebral Palsy Games to be held in England starting next week so it was great to have him there to promote the elite pathways within the sport.
Activities were run using Bowls Australia’s Jr. Jack Attack equipment, which Peter says are an important tool on exposing people of all ages and abilities to the sport.
“They’re great, you can eliminate the barriers for people to participate by modifying the activities quickly and easily to suit their needs. The bowls are very user-friendly and adaptable for students with small hands or limited hand-grip strength.”
Bowls Victoria is set to continue their work promoting the sport to students within specialist schools as part of the upcoming All Abilities Bowls program running throughout September and October.