Teens learn bowls is not just for grannies

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Emily Smith

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.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

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.

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