Students bowling into new sporting options
BOWLS: A group of students are smashing stereotypes, proving lawn bowls is a sport for everyone.
Visiting North Dalby Bowls Club each Friday this term, up to 60 students from Our Lady of the Southern Cross College and Dalby State High School have actively opted in to play bowls.
OLSCC teacher Jodie Biggar is a bowler herself, playing on and off for the last 20 years, and has found it rewarding to see her students engage with and improve in the sport.
"This is my club so it's great to see them out here on the green,” she said.
"Bowls is about having fun with your friends and being competitive.”
Biggar said the first visits were all about teaching the kids how to play, but now that they can play independently, she is looking to set up a social competition next term to provide an extra incentive.
For a lot of the students, the attraction is in the competitive yet social nature of the game.
Year 11 students Isaac Halling and Josh Hart are among the 30 OLSCC students who have been playing bowls in search of something a little out of the ordinary.
"I just wanted to try something new and different to other sports,” Isaac said.
"It's good to play with your mates and have a chat while you're competing.”
Josh said he decided to give it a crack and has been enjoying playing each week.
"I wanted to have a go, I'd never played before,” Josh said.
"I've picked up different skills along the way and it's been really good.”
Both students said if given the opportunity, they would continue playing bowls, possibly even competitively.
North Dalby Bowls Club members Dave Owen, Les Berghauser and Neil Turner have been volunteering their time to coach the students.
As a successful competitive bowler, Owen has enjoyed watching the kids get involved and improve over time.
"I love it and it's great to see the kids get out and get involved in the sport,” he said.
"They have learnt a lot, when they first came, they'd roll it into the ditch but now they're getting quite close.”
Owen believes it's important to teach the students how to play while they are young.
"If they are taught now, even if they don't play for years at least they'll know how to play,” he said.
"I appreciate them coming, when I was in school I don't remember ever playing bowls.
"I remember footy and cricket but that's all, so it's great to see them out here.
"Bowls is not an old people's game any more, they're all young ... my grandkids are 10 and 8 and they're keen as mustard to play.”