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Lawn bowls and Reclink provide
opportunities to those in need
By MARK WHITEMAN*
ANEW partnership has been
created recently between
BowlsNSW and Reclink
Reclink is a charitable organisa-
tion whose mission is to provide
arts, social and sporting opportu-
nities, to those people in society
Reclink programs target some
of the community's most isolated
and vulnerable people.
With more than 200 member
agencies nationally, the programs
encourage participation in struc-
tured and informal events that
can ultimately help someone turn
their life around.
The following quote is from an
anonymous Reclink source: "Bore-
dom is a terrible emotion that can
be deadly; for some individuals
that can mean no vision, no goals
or sense of future".
Lawn bowls is a great activity
that anyone can play, because it
is inexpensive, not too physically
demanding, and facilitates social
Bowls can provide a weekly
activity by way of structured events
such as pennants, club games,
mufti gala days, purposeful practice
sessions and tournaments, or non
structured events such as roll ups.
Bowls was asked to assist Reclink
find a bowling club to host a lawn
We approached Alexandria Ersk-
ineville BC President Barry Carroll
about the possibility of their club
hosting the program.
The club was very supportive of
the idea and a commencement date
has been decided upon in June.
Participants will be given an
introduction to bowls, followed
by some games and activities from
1.00pm-2.30pm each Wednesday.
The program will run for six
weeks, culminating in a barbecue
lunch and tournament for those
Alexandria Erskineville is sup-
porting this initiative by provid-
ing access to their greens, bowls,
coaching at the commencement of
the program, and assistance with
the tournament at the program's
BowlsNSW will also provide
assistance with coaching and the
I will be the contact for Reclink
Agencies wanting to register par-
ticipants to take part.
If you are an accredited coach,
have some time to spare and would
like to assist in the delivery of this
worthwhile program, please don't
hesitate to give me (Mark) a call
on 9283 4555, or email mark@
For further information about
Reclink, you can check out their
website at www.reclink.org
* Mark Whiteman is a Sports
Development Officer with
AUSTRALIA'S Leif Selby has
reaffirmed his billing as
one of the sport's modern
day greats after success-
fully defending his World Cup
crown at Warilla BC.
After booking a berth in the
championship decider with a 10-7,
9-1 demolition of Canada's Vincent
Mai, Selby backed up to provide
a master class against national
team-mate Anthony Kiepe, who
pushed him every step of the way.
Despite being close friends off
the green, that mattered for little
once the first bowl was delivered
in anger as Selby claimed his 14th
win in succession at the tourna-
ment, and became the first man
in history to go back-to-back.
In the women's final, Jo Edwards
saw off Karen Murphy for a suc-
cessive year, with the Australian
suffering just her second loss in 21
games, both times at the hands
of the New Zealand powerhouse.
The world number five could
not take a trick against her formi-
dable Kiwi opponent, but looked
headed for a tie-breaker when
she led 8-2 midway through the
second set, only to see Edwards
claim the final six shots of the
match to clinch the win.
Speaking in the moments fol-
lowing his win, Selby, 37, said
he was delighted to be able to
triumph once again.
"Anthony's a great player and
he was extremely unlucky today,"
a modest Selby said.
"It could have gone either way.
"It's a great feeling to win, but
in the same breath, he's a good
mate of mine and it would have
been good to see him win."
While Kiepe, the reigning Aus-
tralian Indoor champion, had not
lost a match en route to the final,
he ran into a red hot Selby, who
appeared to have the answers.
With the world number two
racing through the opening set,
he had one hand on the trophy
before Kiepe found his groove
and forced a tie-break, leaving the
By RICHARD GOODBODY*
-- Continued on page 56
Selby defends his World
Cup crown at Warilla
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