Forum looks at bowls’ future

Bowlers from across the western region flocked to Dubbo City Bowling Club last Friday for a forum on the future of lawn bowls in regional NSW.

Top bowlers: Kelvin Kerkow, Karen Murphy and Australian high performance coach Steve Glasson spoke at Friday's forum. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Top bowlers: Kelvin Kerkow, Karen Murphy and Australian high performance coach Steve Glasson spoke at Friday's forum. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

About 80 bowlers attended the forum, which was hosted by Bowls Australia with the support of Domina-BCIB.

Also in attendance were Commonwealth Games Singles gold medallist Kelvin Kerkow, former World Champion Karen Murphy and Australian high performance coach Steve Glassons. 

“They spoke about changes in society and how as a club and as management [we have to] think of different ways to present bowls to different people and encourage people to come and play the game,” Dubbo City Bowling Club member and Bowls NSW zone councillor Matthew Goodwin said.

“They were very open and honest in the things that they were willing to speak about.

“They were willing to engage the group and readily made themselves available to talk to people about their individual concerns in their clubs.

“They were very generous with their time and their efforts.”

Bowlers travelled from 16 different clubs to take part in the forum, with some coming from as far away as Bathurst, Coonabarabran, Mudgee, Gulgong, Parkes and Condobolin.

“It was very pleasing to know that people want to be involved in where our future is,” Goodwin said.

Kerkow, Murphy and Glassons were also in town to participate in a charity bowls weekend at Club Dubbo, with all proceeds going to Orana Early Childhood Intervention.

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