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in Sydney's developing suburbs
that our game is secure for future
I believe a positive step forward
would be the setting up of a Centre
of Excellence for lawn bowls where
our club's administrators, bowls co-
ordinators, umpires, coaches, officials,
etc. could be correctly trained in
the administration and conducting
of our sport.
Training and high performance
could be held for our Under 18's,
regular, indigenous and elite bowlers
of both genders, while major events
(to include TV coverage) could be
conducted at such a centre, all of
which would raise the profile of
It goes without saying that we
would work hand in hand with such
bodies as the NSW Dept of Sport
and Recreation, Clubs NSW etc. to
ensure the success of the centre.
We would be seeking advice and
assistance from the State Govern-
ment in relation to such a venture,
but I believe that this is the path
we must travel if our sport is to
survive and prosper in the future.
It is no good having money in
the bank if we are not moving
forward, and as our membership
base indicates this is the current
scenario, then we must increase
both membership and participation
in the sport.
On a brighter note, tonight is
about recognising the achievements
of our bowlers who participate
in different facets of the game
throughout the year, and I con-
gratulate all of those bowlers who
have achieved success.
It is also about sincerely thanking
our generous sponsors who have
continued to support the Associa-
tion in what has been a most dif-
ficult year, courtesy of the financial
crisis. Let us trust that the worst
is now behind us, and thank you
one and all.
Again this year we have broken
new ground and created a first
when our State side tackled a very
strong Queensland outfit on the
indoor green at Tweed Heads.
I must admit that I was somewhat
apprehensive at first knowing that
many of the Queenslanders had
vast experience on that indoor
green, but our young side per-
formed magnificently to inflict a
3-0 whitewash upon them before
capacity pro-maroon crowds.
It was a truly magnificent series
and the high standard of bowls was
In yet another first we held our
inaugural 'Rookies' event culminating
the State finals held at the Raymond
Terrace Club, and what an outstand-
ing success this event eventuated
into with the participating players
and officials alike ecstatic over this
new event, which encourages new
bowlers to stay involved in the sport,
and be able to participate against
bowlers of similar experience.
A review of this event has now
been completed, and with a few
minor adjustments to the COP, I
am confident that it will be a great
success again in 2010. Full marks
go to our Development Team who
devised the idea.
Congratulations go to our State
Under 18 boys' and girls' sides
who collected not only both the
boys and the girls trophies, but the
overall trophy as well at the recent
Australian Under 18 championships
at Halekulani. Well done!
A number of our bowlers have
competed successfully both at home
and overseas, and I congratulate
them on their achievements.
Our sport was involved in the
recent World Masters Games in
Sydney, and it was a wonderful and
colourful sight witnessing bowlers
from all around the Nation, and
indeed the World, and to think that
we had a 101 year old participate
Our bowling calendar is almost
completely full catering for our
State sides from the Under 18's right
through to the Seniors, as well as
the many other events that provide
competition for our bowlers.
However, we must never lose
touch with the social aspect of the
sport, for it, too, fills a vital role as
it allows for people from all walks
of life, including many retirees, to
attend at their local bowling club
several times a week if they so desire
to compete against, socialise with,
and enjoy a convivial drink with
Surely, is this not assisting in
keeping them active and therefore
beneficial to their health?
In many communities, particularly
in rural areas, the local 'bowlo' is
the hub of the community where
just about anything of note in the
town occurs, and so it provides a
vital service to the local community.
However, it is becoming more
difficult for these clubs to survive,
and with the volunteers being dis-
couraged by the tough new laws
now in effect. This in turn makes
it extremely difficult for those clubs
who rely heavily on their volunteers.
The volunteer has always played
a vital role in both our sport and
the clubs, and surely we have a
duty of care to assist them and the
clubs where ever possible to ensure
While I have only recently assumed
the position of President, I am now
in my 10th year of service with the
'Royal' and during that time I have
worked closely with the Executive
and Board, and I thank them sin-
cerely for the assistance they have
afforded me over the years.
However, there have been a
number of recent changes in both,
and I look forward to working closely
with our new Executive and Board,
and I am confident that if we work
in harmony and as a team for the
betterment of the sport, then we
should be able to raise the sport
of lawn bowls to the lofty heights
that it deserves.
To our Chief Executive Greg Helm
go my sincere thanks for all the
hard work he has put in over the
past 12 months, and he has the
office running very efficiently with
the staff all happy in the service.
But I am sure that Greg is well
aware that challenges lay ahead of
us in the future.
My heart-felt thanks also to our
dedicated staff who have worked
tirelessly throughout the year, but
to me they are more like a large
family all pulling together in the
best interests of the Association.
Finally, I wish to pay tribute to
my long suffering wife Pat, who
without her assistance I would not
be standing before you tonight.
Pat is also my best friend, my rock,
my advisor (even if I don't need it),
my secretary, telephonist (takes calls
both good and bad), and is totally
supportive and continually a source
of encouragement to me.
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