Two honours for Phil Gude
State Arm Bowling Co-Ordinator Phil Gude has been presented with two separate honours by Bowls Victoria.
Mr Gude has been recognised for his excellent service to Victorian bowls and on the Bowls Victoria Board from 2012 to 2016 with a Distinguished Service Award.
And the State Singles titles at the upcoming Victorian Arm Bowling Championships will be named in Mr Gude’s honour. They will be known as the Phil Gude Arm Bowlers State Singles titles.
Mr Gude said he was humbled and “blown away” to receive both honours, describing his work in the Bowlers Arm area as a labour of love.
A former education minister in the Kennett Victorian State Government, Mr Gude did much work in the governance area for Bowls Victoria. Much of that work has helped Bowls Victoria to the point it earned a strong tick recently from the Australian Sports Commission for its quality of governance.
Mr Gude has also been the primary driving force in the uptake of Arm Bowling in Victoria, and nationally.
From humble beginnings, the Arm Bowling movement has grown to 7,000 registered users of a Bowlers Arm in Victoria – much of it attributable to Mr Gude’s tireless work in promoting and championing Bowlers Arm activity.
Arm Bowling has now been recognised with a National Championship, as well as an inaugural Victorian State Championships to be held in January 2017 – with Mr Gude a key driver in making both events happen.
Mr Gude, from Dromana BC, is also an accomplished Arm Bowler and part of the Victorian team which in 2016 won its fourth successive national title.
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