Tasmania joins Arm revolution
Arm Bowling’s Australia-wide growth continues, with Tasmania about to emerge as a new force.
Bowls Tasmania have approved the establishment of a committee (BAT or Bowlers with a Bowling Arm Tasmania) to help develop Arm Bowling in Tasmania.
On the eve of the 2017 National Bowlers Arm Championships in Moama from September 10-13, adding Tasmania for future years would complete all mainland States having Arm Bowling set-ups.
Bowls Victoria Arm Bowling Co-Ordinator Phil Gude said: “This would see the last piece of the national jigsaw that we commenced some seven years ago finally in place.
“Queensland made a big splash at last year’s Nationals which they hosted magnificently and we have WA coming across the Nullarbor this year for their first appearance at the Bowling Arm National Championships which makes the event stronger and a truly national event.”
The driving force in the Tasmanian movement is Owen Preston, a former NSW Player and Arm Coach who now lives in Tasmania at Deloraine.
The Committee is following a similar path as was undertaken in Victoria and will be running coaching clinics across Tasmania to help promote the concept both with coaches and players.
Mr Gude said: “Owen is the right man for the job and Tasmania are to be congratulated for supporting his initiative and drive in this area.
“Immediate goals are to secure a base of Registered Bowling Arm Players, to develop Arm Coaching offerings, run Arm only events and hopefully to secure a side of 17 including at least two ladies or more on ability for the 2018 National Bowling Arm Championship in Newcastle.
The State team is likely to be known as the Tassie Diemans.
Arm Bowlers in Victoria interested in playing in Tasmania should make contact with Owen Preston on 03 6302 3377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org