Club wants to change the face of bowl­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Meet the new faces of the Ti­tahi Bay Bowl­ing Club – not a wrinkle or a grey hair in sight.

Ai­dan Green, 13, and Brady Amer, 12, are the club’s youngest mem­bers, and are pas­sion­ate about their sport.

‘‘It’s a think­ing game and a strat­egy game,’’ Ai­dan says. ‘‘ It’s re­lax­ing. You don’t re­ally get hurt, it’s more to have fun and en­joy your­self.’’

Both boys got in­volved be­cause of fam­ily mem­bers – in Ai­dan’s case his nana – urged him to try the game. ‘‘It in­spires me. It makes my nana happy, it makes me happy. It’s a sport I en­joy.’’ Brady joined the club at 8 when older brother Lo­gan took up bowls at Aotea Col­lege.

‘‘I just wanted to be like my big brother and beat him,’’ Brady says.

‘‘When you first start you find it hard but if you keep com­ing out and prac­tis­ing you get the hang of it.’’

The pair are used to play­ing op­po­nents seven decades older – Ai­dan’s old­est com- pe­ti­tor was 90, Brady’s 87.

Club cap­tain Colin Amer, Brady’s dad, says the club is on a mis­sion to at­tract fam­i­lies and younger play­ers.

It is stag­ing short tour­na­ments for time- pressed mem­bers, and is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to en­ter teams in its leagues. ‘‘Our fo­cus is to re­con­nect with our community,’’ he says.

The club has a ‘‘have a go day’’ this Satur­day, where lo­cals can try the game.

Ti­tahi Bay Bowl­ing Club free open day, Satur­day, Septem­ber 8, noon to 3pm, 13a Tireti Rd, Ti­tahi Bay.

Photo: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Young blood: Ti­tahi Bay Bowl­ing Club’s youngest mem­bers Ai­dan Green, 13, and Brady Amer, 12, are the chang­ing face of a stereo­typ­i­cally el­derly sport.

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