News

Spina bifida no obstacle as young player bowls 'em over

Boyne Tannum Bowls Club secretary Bob Lees assists player Alana Horley during the annual Easter Carnival.
Boyne Tannum Bowls Club secretary Bob Lees assists player Alana Horley during the annual Easter Carnival. Contributed

HAVING spina bifida isn't proving to be an obstacle to one of Boyne Tannum Bowls Club's newest members.

Alana Horley, 23, may need to be pushed around the green on a special wheelchair, but her mother, Sonia Horley, said that hadn't stopped her from having a great time.

Alana, a Boyne Island resident, took part in her first competition over the long weekend at the club's annual Easter Carnival.

"She actually bowled really well," Sonia said.

Sonia said despite her team finishing last in the group of eight teams, Alana had enjoyed the game.

"I think it's a social thing and that she can actually get out and do it," Sonia said. "It's getting her out of the house, doing something."

Sonia said she was grateful to the other members who had welcomed Alana.

Club secretary Bob Lees said the members were happy to assist Alana, who needed to be pushed up and down the green.

He said Alana was a natural at the sport.

"She loves it," Lees said. "She has taken to it like a duck to water."

The club was hoping to get a shelter for the green so Alana would be able to continue playing without holding an umbrella.

"It's very hard for her and a lot of the other older members out in the sun," Lees explained.

He said the club had looked at purchasing an automatic shade that would cover the 40m green, but the cost was more than $140,000.

Even if the club was to get a grant for the shade he said it would still have to put in $50,000.

"It's a fair amount," he said. "(But) we'll get there."

He said the club was in the process of securing a 10-year lease, allowing it to plan for the future, which also included the hope of securing a grant for solar panels.

The carnival was played in a five-a-side format over Sunday and Monday. The winner was Wayne McCallan's team, with Trevor William's combination the runner-up.

Topics:  bowls boyne island gladstone spina bifida



Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

YOU may not associate Brisbane with a burgeoning art scene, but you’d be mistaken.

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Gladstone region's fattest suburbs revealed

There are serious issues with people's weight throughout Australia.

NEW figures show Central Queensland's most obese or overweight areas

Gladstone turns it on to welcome cruise ship passengers

Judy White and Dianne Kirby enjoy the Feast on East markets at East Shores Precinct.

PHOTOS: Did our photographer snap you?

LIVE UPDATES: Family told to give up prisoners if whereabouts known

Capricorn Correction Centre prison generic.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

RESIDENTS urged to "be aware" as police search for escapees.

Local Partners

Battle raging over money to fund CQ roads

Funding for CQ's road upgrades is being ripped out of the region leaving our projects languishing at the starting line says QLD Minister.


Win a $1000

GROCERY GIFT CARD!
Learn More

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

SUNSHINE Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice nearly saw her form a duo with her battle round opponent.

Gladstone turns it on to welcome cruise ship passengers

Judy White and Dianne Kirby enjoy the Feast on East markets at East Shores Precinct.

PHOTOS: Did our photographer snap you?

The 'pirate' ship welcoming Gladstone on board

HISTORIC STEP: Graeme Wylie built the replica 15th century caravel, Notorious.

'Never found the remains': the historic 'pirate' ship

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!