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• MICHAEL B EAUMONT • MARK W HITEMAN • ANDREW L YNN
By MICHAEL BEAUMONT, Sports Development Manager
VERY little time, energy and
money has been spent
researching the value of
It seems that no-one really
knows what sport is worth to
our State, our Nation, or our local
While I try to find someone
to take on the task statewide or
nationally for all sport, I thought
it might be useful to talk about
our sport, our State and our
It is obvious to most of us that
the sport of lawn bowls at its most
basic allows men and women of
all ages to engage socially and
intellectually, while at the same
time experience a gentle low
impact form of exercise.
The latest research into Alzheim-
ers suggests that a daily accom-
panied walk may reduce the likely
onset of Alzheimers by 60%.
That sounds like a game of
bowls to me!
So even at its most basic, broad
participation in our sport may well
be preventing the early onset of
a range of conditions.
While I have no empirical data
to support the argument, I think
participation in our sport keeps a
lot of people out of the health
system by contributing to a healthier
lifestyle (beer guzzling, fat bellied
That saving alone would be
The GST paid on membership at
club level is approximately $600,000
per year. Add to that the cost of
uniforms, shoes, bowls and other
equipment, and it is not unrea-
sonable to think the government
raises another $300,000 per year
In addition to those staggering
sums, greens fees collected by
clubs across the state must be in
the millions per year.
The taxes collected by bowling
clubs across the State on beer and
gambling are staggering.
I don't have a breakup of rev-
enue to track the performance
of bowling clubs as against other
clubs, but in 2000-01 the revenue
from clubs across NSW totalled
$3.9 billion - - - 65% of which came
from gambling machines.
The mind starts to boggle at
the money our sport pumps into
the economy. Our clubs help in
other ways, too.
Many bowling clubs support
other local sporting associations
through sponsorship. Many of them
also support local communities by
providing financial support to local
community building programs,
local schools and other associated
They also play host to com-
munity groups, providing them
a cost-effective (and often free)
venue for their meetings.
Now, add to that staggering
sum, all the money that is paid
to management, bar staff, catering
staff, green keepers, bowls organ-
isers, security and other support
staff at clubs across the State.
As you can see, our sport of
lawn bowls plays a significant part
in the economy of our State.
Maybe it is time we started to
flex some of that muscle. Just a
Farewell to Macca
As many of you would know,
Chris Macauley has left the Devel-
opment Team for greener hills, in
Kembla Heights, as their Secretary
We wish him the very best in
this new position.
Chris was an energetic and highly
valued member of the team. He
contributed greatly to our task.
I would like to think he left us
as a smarter, better read, more
knowledgeable person than he
was when he arrived. I think he
would say his time with us was
Anyone that was lucky enough
to attend one of his purposeful
practice sessions will understand
what a wonderful coach he is!
IT IS EASY to access past
issues of the magazine with
Go to http://bowlsnsw.
On the blue menu bar at
the bottom of the page there
is an 'archive' option.
If you click on archive it will
allow you to select from all of
the archive online issues of the
At present you can select
from February 2009 to April
2010 in the archive section.
New issues go into the
archives at the end of each
month and can then be accessed
with your computer.
What are you
doing in a roll
In all sports, practice is a
must, and before you step
on the green, set your goal
and make it achievable and
measurable. Coaching aids
are very handy to have
in your bag to practice
weighted shots. Repetition
is the key.
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