Helen excels with bowls juniors
ANY club in any sport that does not have a constant flow of juniors to replace ageing members is on its way to extinction
Helen Potter is doing an excellent job to make sure that doesn't happen to her club, Calliope Central, by coaching junior bowlers.
She started two years ago after being worried about this phenomenon and now has 20 plus junior bowlers under her care. She is well qualified being a National Coach Level 1, a successful and experienced bowler and holder of a blue card Helen was born in Scotland.
She began her bowling career in Cooroy during the 1970s and won singles and pairs championships.
After moving to Gladstone she joined Gladstone Ladies Bowls club in the 1990s and immediately became a hard-working committee member and filled several official positions.
On the greens she was a runnerup in the singles, winner of fours twice and Belle of the green several times in addition to many club and division titles.
About four years ago she joined Calliope Central Bowls Club and served several terms of providere to both ladies and men's clubs and continues to be an enthusiastic club supporter as a social bowler and a competition player with success in PCDLBA Champion of Champions where she was defeated in the Bundaberg/Port Curtis District singles Husband Phil and Helen play social and competition games with success.
Helen saw the need for Junior Bowlers and while most supported this concept with words.
She turned ideas into action by becoming a National Coach "so I could help the ladies of the club and promote juniors''. A junior bowler is a bowler under the age of 18. As well as Saturday afternoons she is also singlehandedly promoting our sport in the local school.
Her bowlers are well disciplined and she induces the true spirit of the games - enjoyment and sportsmanship - in her bowlers with motherly care.
Her success has spread beyond Calliope Central and include juniors from Gladstone and has a well functioning relationship with Mount Larcom juniors.
Her efforts have been well rewarded with support from her club who raise funds for her charges and have supplied special sets of suitable bowls.
Another half dozen sets have been donated by sponsors. Helen is showing what can be done with a lot of serious effort and energy and is warmly congratulated.
She plans to take most of them to a carnival in Townsville in September.
Helen is chairperson of thr PCDBA Junior Bowls Committee. She has co-operated with Bundaberg Junior Bowlers co-ordinator Betty Murray from Bundaberg.
Last year she arranged games at Gladstone and Tantitha allowing junior bowlers to meet in competition on the greens and socially off the greens.
Clubs supporting junior bowls are Mount Larcom (5), Miriam Vale (2) and 1770 with a schools program. Boyne Tannum Bowls Club had a strong junior contingent but it is now in abeyance.