No bias to one's age at Alumina Bowls Club
LAWN BOWLS: It was just a day before Australia Day, but a group of men enjoyed a day on the green at the Alumina Bowls Club on Wednesday under a baking hot sun.
The day was designed to attract new members and according to club president John Richards, that's exactly what happened.
The club's newest likely member, Ken Worley liked what he saw after started playing the sport at Solander Lakes Bowls Club on Bribie Island.
"I started bowls three or four years ago and have been a member at that club for three years," Worley said.
What makes his outing on the bowling green the more remarkable is that he uses a bionic arm which he has used for over two years.
"I use it because I have a bad back and two bad knees," Horley said.
"It's just an extension of my arm and it's the same principal used.
"The only thing to get right is the release of the bowl.
"That took a while to get used to."
Worley also dedicated his involvement with bowls to his late partner Carol.
"She passed away three years ago and she encouraged me to play bowls," he said.
And he has no regrets.
"I like the smaller clubs like this one and the friendly atmosphere," Worley said.
Kris Chalmers, 22, is the second youngest member at Alumina and his brother Greg is the youngest at 20 years of age.
They break the perception that lawn bowls is for the older generation.
"I have been playing for 11 years and my dad Brian Chalmers got me involved," Kris said.
"It's just a family orientated sport and a great sport for the younger members."
Brian is a 20-time club champion while Kris and Greg are club champions in pairs and fours respectively.
"They boys joined the club when they were both 12 and the more younger members, the better because it will keep the club going," Brian said.
Richards said the day was a success.
"There were 28 people who rolled up and it has succeeded my expectations," Richards said.
"It was pleasing to see and was a good start to the season."
The first club competition starts tomorrow in a pairs format from 9am.