Swan Hill AAA Day 2017

by Team BV

Swan Hill Racecourse Bowls Club hosted the third Regional All Abilities Bowls event in June 2017. 
Bowls Victoria, Mallee Sports Assembly, and Bowls Australia provided support and equipment to Swan Hill Racecourse Bowls Club for the event.
The day was a great success with 80 participants of all abilities from Murray Human Services – Swan Hill & Kerang Links, Balranald MacKillop Rural Community Services, Swan Hill Specialist School (34 all day, 25 after lunch), and Mallee Family Care.
Participants enjoyed morning tea before hitting the rinks playing bowls, Jack Attack and also a few games of Spiders. A spider in bowls is where a jack is placed in the centre of the green with all of the players standing all around the green with one foot in the ditch. Everyone has one bowl each and bowl all at the same time. Whoever is closest to the jack when all bowls has come to rest wins.
This was followed by lunch which was catered for by the club for approximately 100 people including supporting staff, carers and volunteers.
After lunch approximately 25 participants from Swan Hill Specialist School arrived, enthusiastic to play bowls.
Bowls Australia Regional Bowls Manager John Emerson says Swan Hill Racecourse BC is one of the most progressive clubs in Victoria.
“They have a very strong band of volunteers which come from a strong member base in excess of 100,”John says.
“They also have well in excess of 2000 participants each year. These include all types of players including people with a disability, social, commercial and pennant sources.”
This year Bowls Victoria provided a green-friendly wheelchair for use at the event. This wheelchair has bigger tyres so there are no divots made in the greens.
Participants received show bags supplied by Bowls Victoria and Bowls Australia, as well as information booklets, wrist bands and pens from CFA and SES.
Special thanks to Swan Hill Racecourse Bowls Club, Bowls Victoria and Bowls Australia, volunteers, carers and staff for joining together to provide this wonderful opportunity to people of all abilities.
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