Club call­ing out for young blood

Franklin County News - - SPORT - BRIAR HUBBARD

Waiuku Bowl­ing Club is on the hunt for new mem­bers, af­ter a de­cline in num­bers in re­cent years.

It opened in 1907, mak­ing it one of the old­est bowl­ing clubs in the district, but the once pop­u­lar club now has just 32 mem­bers.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Alan Fer­gu­son said it was his aim to get more peo­ple play­ing his beloved sport.

‘‘Bowl­ing clubs are suf­fer­ing from a drop off in mem­ber­ship, es­pe­cially within coun­try ar­eas, so we need to raise our pro­file a bit. It’s an age­ing pop­u­la­tion and no one is re­ally com­ing in to take their place.’’

In par­tic­u­lar, he is af­ter young re­cruits, but said bat­tling the age per­cep­tion that bowls had was a tough chal­lenge.

‘‘The public gen­er­ally think that bowlers are older.

‘‘I’ve played against some youth and thought ‘this will be easy’ but they killed me...the top ech­e­lon of bowlers are all young.’’

He added it was a highly ad­dic­tive game. ‘‘It’s an ad­dic­tive sport. ‘‘It hooks you in and if you can’t play re­ally ac­tive sports, this is a way to be able to play a sport. It’s fun and we can help them all the way.

‘‘You can play it so­cially or you can play it com­pet­i­tively, and it’s non con­tact...the more you put into it, the more you are go­ing to get out of it.’’

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Rod Macgre­gor said it was also a good sport for those with dis­abil­i­ties.

‘‘It caters for dis­abil­i­ties as well. I can’t walk with­out my walk­ing stick. Peo­ple don’t have to be phys­i­cally fit. There’s re­ally no re­stric­tion on your abil­ity.

‘‘I think some peo­ple might be daunted and think their body won’t hold up to it, but there’s ways around it.’’

The club is hold­ing have a go days on Oc­to­ber 15, 22 and 29 from 10am to 12 noon.

‘‘They just need to bring them­selves and their en­thu­si­asm and gee whiskers, if they can do that, then that’s half the bat­tle.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion about the have a go days, call 021 1633 883.

Alan Fer­gu­son and Rod and Linda Macgre­gor are keen for more mem­bers at Waiuku Bowl­ing Club.

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