ON A ROLL: Campbell Hansson, 4, a future Australian bowler, practising outside Bunnings on Saturday.
ON A ROLL: Campbell Hansson, 4, a future Australian bowler, practising outside Bunnings on Saturday. Mike Richards

Club shows bowls isn't just for oldies

THE green carpet was rolled out on Saturday at Bunnings as the Port Curtis District Ladies Bowling Association tried to raise funds and attract more bowlers.

There was the sausage sizzle with drinks and two greens for people to try their hand at the sport.

District secretary Margaret Henderson said the idea was to introduce the sport to a new age group.

"With the aging population we would like to offer children an alternative sport," she said.

"We can offer children a non-contact sport with social aspects that give you the ability to play in your own community."

The practice greens were an obvious hit for some of the young bowlers.

James Benjamin, 7, said the game was pretty easy.

"This is better than rugby because you always have to run and kick in rugby," he said.

"I suck at kicking but I'm good at running and palming. I'm the third strongest in my team."

Margaret Pengelly from Calliope Bowls Club, which was running the sausage sizzle, said it was good for little kids to come and try the sport.

"It's good to get past the image that bowls is for oldies," she said.

"These days are also great for raising funds for our club so we can keep growing."

Bowls Queensland development officer Greg Cauley said the sport can offer a lot to young people.

"There is a pathway within the sport now," he said.

"You don't have to be in Brisbane to make the Australian team. It's a very inclusive sport."

Mrs Henderson said it offers a lot to people with disabilities.

"People in wheelchairs and other disabilities can play bowls," she said.

"We have a deaf bowler who is in the Australian team and equipment that other people use who can't play other sports."



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