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to the Minis-
his passion and
not only of
sport in general, but also for the
club Industry, is clearly evident.
I thank Minister Greene for his
time here tonight, and his support
We continue to work closely
with ClubsNSW, and we acknowl-
edge their efforts in providing
advocacy, services and support
to bowling clubs across the State.
The "It's Your Club" television
commercial that you saw earlier is
a great example of the fine work
this organisation produces.
Many of the issues faced by
bowling clubs are not uncommon
to the whole of the club Industry,
and we will continue to create
partnerships with our like club
industry groups to tackle these
issues on a united front.
Without healthy clubs, our com-
munity suffers, additionally without
healthy bowling clubs, our whole
I would like to thank each
and every one of our corporate
partners here this evening, in
particular BCiB -- represented by
a number of friendly BCiB staff
members, and led by Managing
Director Ian Hopper.
Also Club Keno Holdings, rep-
resented by Executive Manager
Raelene Breakwell; Paynter Dixon,
represented by General Manager
Steve Alley and Design Manager
Michael Saul; and Australian Sen-
iors Finance represented by Direc-
tor John Thomas.
I thank you for your ongoing
support and for helping to make
tonight a possibility.
To our Association and event
sponsors -- Alphapharm, Corpo-
rate Interactive, Lawler Partners,
BowlsBet, the Greater Building
Society, bowls manufacturers
Henselite, Greenmaster, Taylor
Bowls and ComfitPro -- your sup-
port for bowls in NSW is greatly
THIS month's report features
the text from my address
to the Annual Awards Pre-
sentation Evening, because
it embraces all of the elements
that I want to spread among our
They say time flies when you
are having fun, and it seems
like only yesterday that we were
together celebrating the achieve-
ments of our Association and the
champions of our sport.
In 2009, Bowls NSW has con-
tinued to create opportunities
for our clubs and our members
to participate and excel in the
sport of bowls.
The industry as a whole contin-
ues to face challenges that I have
no doubt that we can overcome
through positive change, persever-
ance and commitment.
As an Association we are merely
custodians of this great sport.
Like all of those individuals that
have gone before us, we have
been entrusted to ensure that the
sport survives and is sustainable
for years to come.
We recognise and respect that
society and times are chang-
ing, and with this in mind we
are aware that to progress, we
too must instigate change and
innovation to remain relevant to
We are also conscious that our
sport is steeped in great tradi-
tion and history -- that we have
established stability and comfort
through the somewhat conserva-
tive nature of our governance
In moving ahead for a sustain-
able future, it is important that
these elements of our sport are
Instigating change and innova-
tion is never easy. In many cases
the fear of the 'unknown' prevents
us from dipping our toes in to
test the water.
However, I truly believe that
with thorough strategic planning
and diligent change management
by the Board of our Association,
our sport can more confidently
instigate the changes that will
ensure a sustainable future for our
members, our clubs and our sport.
In fact, possibly our greatest
success this year came from test-
ing the waters and exploring the
unknown. The Inaugural NSW
Rookies Event was an innovation
of the Sports Development Team,
which sought to create an oppor-
tunity for aspiring novice bowlers
to compete for a State Title.
We thought that being its first
year, we would consider the 'idea'
a success if we got 200 to 300
entries in the Singles and Pairs
events state-wide. We received
With the enthusiasm and talent
displayed by these Rookies at the
State Finals held at Raymond Ter-
race BC, there is little doubt that
our future champions will emerge
from these ranks.
Vital role for Unification
Looking ahead, the Association
continues to move towards amal-
gamation with the NSW Women's
Bowling Association to form one
unified body to govern, administer
and promote lawn bowls in NSW.
This will play a vital role in
ensuring the sustainability of our
We also continue to explore
the possibilities of establishing a
Centre of Excellence, which will
allow the sport to invest in the
ongoing education and train-
ing of our members, volunteers,
officials and club administrators,
and seek to develop a standard
of excellence across all aspects of
the sport in NSW.
We certainly make no secret
that we strive to be the best in
everything that we do.
Of course, we cannot be the
best by doing it all on our own.
Bowls NSW is lucky to have many
supporters, sponsors and corporate
partners that are vital in ensuring
the success of our operations.
The NSW Department of Sport
and Recreation, and in particular
Minister Kevin Greene, continues
to offer ongoing support to the
Association, and I am sure you
would agree that after listening
Greg Helm -- RNSWBA Chief Executive Officer
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