Club wants to change the face of bowling
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.
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.