Lean green bowling machine chases record

TIGHT SCHEDULE: Victorian man Frank Peniguel is trying to create a world record for the greatest number of lawn bowls clubs to be played by one person. He played at the Gladstone Bowls Club on Ferris St recently.
TIGHT SCHEDULE: Victorian man Frank Peniguel is trying to create a world record for the greatest number of lawn bowls clubs to be played by one person. He played at the Gladstone Bowls Club on Ferris St recently. Brenda Strong

A VICTORIAN lawn bowls enthusiast has used a Gladstone game to help push his bid for a world record for the greatest number of clubs to be played at by one person.

Frank Peniguel is aiming for 700 games in 12 months.

He recently played his 352nd game against Gladstone Men's Bowls Club secretary Steve Buffier.

"Creating a world record is an enormous challenge, and I think I can do it," he said.

"It's never been done before, but I'm sure there'll be lots to follow. In this country we're sporting crazy and love to meet a challenge."

The cheeky and energetic fellow departed his home town of Daylesford, central Victoria, in January, but more than six months on the road hasn't dampened his enthusiasm - or his pace.

He aims to play three games every day - each against a different club.

Each game takes at least 40 minutes, so he keeps a tight schedule.

In Gladstone recently, he was greeted by locals at the Ferris St club before scooting over to the QAL club by mid-morning, and out to Calliope in the afternoon.

The 71-year-old is passionate about his sport and driven by a desire to see more young people take it up.

"It's constantly demanding of you to improve your skills and your luck," he said.

"It's a competitive game. The majority of people who play are older, but young guns are taking over."

Gladstone bowler Peter McWilliams witnessed the game.

"It's quite novel, what he's doing," he said. "It's a great sport, but too many people think of it as old person's sport."

He said the resurgence in interest witnessed in cities like Melbourne, where hipsters and corporates alike frequented bowls clubs for weekend outings and Christmas parties, hadn't made it to Gladstone yet.

Mr Peniguel's record-setting tour has so far taken in Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland, with Tasmania and South Australia also on the cards.


Topics:  community sport

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