KEN Greenhalgh believes you are never too young to start playing bowls.

The 78-year-old is probably among the younger members of the 44 bowlers taking part in the 2012 Queensland Bowls Goodwill Tour.

"Only two people here are under 70," he joked.

Greenhalgh wants to erase the perception that bowls is an old person's sport.

"Every bowler here says they should have started younger," he said.

Greenhalgh is known on tour as the most travelled bowler.

"And the most well behaved," he added.

He has taken part in almost every Goodwill Tour since its inception.

The outdoors, conversation with people from all walks of life and the challenge of being a fair competitor is what keeps him coming back every year.

The experienced bowler is no stranger to Gladstone. His grandchildren attend Clinton State School and he is currently in the midst of training them up to be the next generation of bowlers in Gladstone.

"I gave them an old set of bowls and we often play in the backyard," he said.

On this short trip however, there is no time for family. After arriving in Gladstone yesterday the bowlers will continue their tour in Bundaberg today.



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