Steve Glasson has done about all there is to do in the world of lawn bowls so when he says an event in Dubbo will be a "once in a lifetime opportunity" you know it's a big deal.
Glasson, an Order of Australia recipient who reached number one in the world during his playing days and also coached the national team, was in Dubbo this week to help promote the City of Dubbo BCIB International Fours event.
The tournament will be played out at Club Dubbo in October and is set to be one of the biggest bowls events in the world.
The $100,000 prizemoney on offer is up there with the best any tournament can offer and it has attracted a star-studded field.
The 42 team slots filled quickly after the tournament was announced earlier this year and some of the very best in the world are set to take to the Club Dubbo greens alongside a number of local hopes.
"It's spectacular," Glasson said.
"In any sport, a lot of people don't get the chance to rub shoulders with the best players in the world.
"We're talking world champions, Commonwealth champions, national champions, and champions of the future, which is exciting."
Glasson has worked with BCiB (Bowling Club Insurance Brokers) for a number of years and has regularly made trips to Dubbo due to the company sponsoring a variety of tournaments and carnivals.
He's seen the Club Dubbo team, led by chairman Tony Speirs and bowls manager Anthony Brown, push themselves and work to create bigger and better tournaments all while promoting the sport and the region.
"To see the vision they have to put on this world-class event at what is a world-class venue now is super exciting," Glasson said.
I encourage everyone to be here. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.Steve Glasson
"I'm certain it's going to be a super advert for Club Dubbo and the Dubbo region.
"There's a lot of positives and to see the quality of teams and players come in, along with a nice mix of local talent, is fantastic.
"I encourage everyone to be here. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."
Among those who will take part are world and Australian champions Karen Murphy and Aaron Wilson, as well as Commonwealth Games and World Championship silver medalist Barrie Lester.
They are just three of the national stars set to take part, with Murphy to play on a team with local bowlers.
There's also going to be an international flavour to the tournament, with superstar bowlers coming from Canada, Northern Ireland, and New Zealand, while Norfolk Island has locked in two teams.
Glasson, who recently retired as national coach after a decade of sustained success, won't be playing in the event but will still be in attendance.
"I love it. It's been good to me and I'm still heavily involved," he said of the sport.
"I'm looking forward to it and witnessing some great play, and meeting and greeting, and enjoying the event so I'll be in the best seat in the house."
The City of Dubbo International Fours will offer $30,000 to the winning team while prizemoney will be awarded down to the 24th-placed team.
The tournament will run from October 28-30.
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