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RECENTLY the NSW Develop-
ment Team attended the
Bowls Australia Conference
Chris, Mark and I get pretty
excited about the chance to get
interstate, and Adelaide was hosting
the conference for the first time.
At the conference we get to see
everything new from the other
states, raise issues that may have
national resonance, get some train-
ing (and this year it was facilitation
training), and generally compare
notes with the other Development
Officers around the country.
Before you start jumping up and
down about it being a junket, we
have two nights and three days
of pretty intensive meetings, and
they are very long days.
One of the difficulties this confer-
ence faces is the huge turnover in
staff at the Development Officer
level. To put it very simply, we
attract very good people, but
can't afford to pay them what
most other sports can pay.
Every year we hear of staff
members leaving after a year or
two, having learnt the trade and
getting to a point where they are
useful, only to be stolen away by
another sport or a club.
As other sports become more
professional and gather financial
momentum, they can then afford
to pay staff more than other small
sports are capable of paying.
So every year, the first day of
the conference is spent catching
up on who is who, and where
we are up to. I can't see an easy
solution to the problem either.
Chance to compare programs at
Bowls Australia Conference
By MICHAEL BEAUMONT*
In NSW we are very fortunate.
We have been able to keep this
team together for two years, but
I know the pressure is on.
During that two years we have
made real progress bringing in the
State rookie event, running school
holiday bowls programs for kids,
the small bowls loan program, the
Hard Court Bowls Program, the
expos, the club visits, the work
with the various disability groups,
the committee meetings and the
promotional work that is part and
parcel of the job.
I would like to take this oppor-
tunity of saying a huge and
heartfelt thank you to Chris, Mark
and Andrew for their dedication
to the task.
Several of the Development
Officers from around the country
expressed their dissatisfaction at
the pay and conditions of the
Development Officer's role in
bowls, and frankly the answer is,
unless you are personally dedicated
to growing this sport, you simply
wouldn't do this job.
So thanks to the three of you
for demonstrating that dedication
at night meetings, at early morning
breakfast meetings, the trips into
the country, and when dealing
with some of our very difficult
clients and customers.
Finally, a big thanks to those
bowlers that took the time to get
on the phone in the last month
or so and ask questions, rather
than just making stuff up.
We are always happy to talk
to you, and if we don't have the
answer, we will do our best to find
the answer and get back to you.
We love to get out and visit
clubs and talk with you about
your recruitment and retention
programs, but we need you to
invite us, so give us a call on
1300 286 392.
Thanks to Avalon, Alexandria-
Erskineville, Putney Tennyson,
Yass, Kembla Heights, Kotara,
Marrickville, Bankstown, and Zone
12 -- we look forward to seeing
you all soon.
* Michael Beaumont is the
BowlsNSW Sports Development
IN insurance matters, our
hearts go out to mem-
bers and patrons of the
Cessnock City BC (recently
taken over by East Cessnock
BC).It's a not so subtle reminder of
the importance of having the correct
insurance cover for your property.
Fortunately between the manage-
ment of East Cessnock BC and the
professional crew at BCiB, all is well
and truly in place, and demolition of
the remains is currently under way
with a new building to be erected.
Of course, the best news is that as
the fire took place in the early hours
of the morning; nobody was on site
and therefore nobody injured.
MY "Club of the Month" this time
around sees the Mt Lewis BC
get the thumbs up!
A regular haunt of mine for a cold
beer and a laugh, I also really enjoy
the wide range of options available
at the bistro with anything involving
seafood always proving a favourite.
Chef Anthony certainly knows his trade.
A Premier league club which fea-
tures three outdoor grass greens,
it has all the mod cons within
The outdoor Pokie area is a big
attraction, too. Monster raffles on
Wednesday and Friday nights give all
in attendance a great opportunity to
walk away with a swag of meat trays
or fresh seafood vouchers.
The club has many characters, and
no doubt if you call in, you'll be a
big chance of meeting the Chairman,
Fred Ayoub, who loves a chat and
a beer, and I think lives there more
than at his own residence.
On occasions, they even have a real
live lion as their mascot in Premier
Be sure to call in and have a game,
or simply enjoy the hospitality and
facilities that Mt Lewis provides.
SO, that's me done for another
Don't forget to email me at steve@
Feel free to offer your thoughts
on the above, or suggest topics you
would like discused in this column.
tev la ss
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