Bowls club looks to the fu­ture

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

Tawa Bowl­ing Club is mov­ing with the times and show­ing off its gen­er­ous spirit next month.

Com­mu­nity bowls will run at the club for five weeks each Thurs­day night, be­gin­ning Fe­bru­ary 9.

Or­gan­iser Peter Nixon said it’s the fastest grow­ing part of the sport in New Zealand and has led to ris­ing mem­ber­ships at par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs. ‘‘It’s some­thing we need to em­brace,’’ he said. ‘‘There has been a bit of push­back from some of our mem­bers, but more of them see it as a way to re­vive in­ter­est in bowls, get­ting more peo­ple in­volved.

‘‘It’s ca­sual, not too se­ri­ous and doesn’t take long, which is im­por­tant as peo­ple are time poor these days.’’

Nixon said while other clubs were strug­gling to hold their num­bers, Tawa’s mem­ber­ship was steady, thanks to solid mem­ber­ship drives each year.

All that’s re­quired is flat shoes and a will­ing­ness to get stuck in, he said. ‘‘It’s easy to get hooked.’’ Con­tact Toru John - 232 6649. Mean­while, on Wai­tangi Day, the club hosts its third an­nual char­ity gala.

Or­gan­iser Judy Toomer said it was a fun oc­ca­sion, usu­ally with about 20 teams tak­ing part.

‘‘We’d not had some­thing like this for a while [prior to 2015], so our club com­mit­tee got to­gether and said ‘let’s do it’.

‘‘The idea was met with ap­proval across the club and it’s raised a good few dol­lars for char­ity.’’

The Arthri­tis Foun­da­tion re­ceived money raised first time around, and Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance last year.

Many of the bowls teams wore the char­i­ties’ colours on the green in 2015 and 2016, and Toomer said it would not be sur­pris­ing if the colours of this year’s char­ity, the Stroke Foun­da­tion, made it out on Fe­bru­ary 6.

Mem­bers of other bowl­ing clubs from across Welling­ton are very sup­port­ive, she said. There will be spot prizes and quick­fire raf­fles. Toomer said many busi­nesses in Tawa and Porirua have supplied goods for prizes.

Con­tact Trevor Rayner - 232 5615.

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