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Bowling through perceptions

HOWRAH Bowls Club is challenging perceptions by engaging with schools in the community and teaching students how to play bowls.

Guilford Young College students recently participated in four sessions at the club as part of their Health and Physical Education program.

Howrah Bowls Club coach and Bowls Tasmania Junior Development Committee chair Bernard Knight said the program was an introduction to the game of bowls.

“We started off with the basic skills such as getting used to the idea of holding a bowl, looking at the line they’re going to take and learning that the bowl doesn’t go straight,” he said.

“It’s primarily looking at their delivery style and how they do that, and then they learn from there.”

Mr Knight said the program was changing the perception of bowls being an old person’s game.

“We try to see it as a young person’s game that old people can play,” he said.

“If we can get enough young people to play, there’s every opportunity that they can go far in it.”

Guilford Young College Health and Physical Education teacher Michael Gowans said the school liked to give students the opportunity to participate in things they wouldn’t normally be exposed to.

“It’s a new skill for the students – they’ve played football, soccer, cricket and hockey all through high school, so it’s great for them to be exposed to different sports and different activities,” he said.

Year 11 student Bayley Aziz said it was a great experience as bowls wouldn’t be his first choice to play as a sport.

“You’ve got to concentrate and have patience,” he said.

“There is a great community and it’s a fun sport to play with your friends.

“It’s also rewarding when you let go of the ball and you watch it guide its way to the jack.

“I reckon I’ll give bowls more of a go after the footy season is over.”

Howrah Bowls Club has also hosted students from Howrah Primary School and Rosny College.