Teens learn bowls is not just for grannies
MONTO State High School kids are bowling over stereotypes.
Their Friday physical education lessons are not only about learning the game of lawn bowls, but finding a way to get more young people interested in the sport.
“Bowls has certainly got a reputation for being an old people’s sport,” PE teacher Danielle Low said.
“Even when we announced we’d be learning bowls, the only thing a lot of kids knew about it was that their grandparents played.”
At the end of six weeks of coaching, the kids have to write an article about how to promote bowls to teens.
“It is a sport that very few of the kids have played, so learning how it all works will also be a challenge,” Mrs Low said.
Danielle Low Bowls has certainly got a reputation for being an old people’s sport.
“And if kids do get an interest, it’s a sport Monto can easily cater to. We have the facilities here so they can get really involved in it.
“It’s also a sport that doesn’t require a whole team of people to also take an interest, like sports like cricket do. You can just go out and practise by yourself.”
But after growing up playing quite a bit of the sport, student Simone King was already shedding light on the difficult subject.
“Bowls is in my blood,” Simone said, with a laugh.
“Lots of people in my family play it. It’s a good way to hang out with older people in your family who might play it.”
Nathan Hill on the other hand, had never played the sport before.
“It’s a bit of a slow sport, but that’s okay. I think I prefer sports with more action, but I like the talking part of it,” Nathan said.
“Maybe I could promote that it is a good way to socialise.”
ON THE GREEN: Monto State High School kids like Hannah Staines, are learning to play before they write an article on how to get teenagers more involved in the sport.