Home' Bowls NSW : September 2010 Contents 26 BOWLS NSW -- SEPTEMBER 2010
• MICHAEL BEAUMONT • MARK WHITEMAN • ANDREW LYNN
By MICHAEL BEAUMONT, RNSWBA Sports Development Manager
I JUST love this time of year,
with summer on the way,
and this year, having recently
spent a good deal of time
in hospital, flat on my back and
also recovering in bed, I am back
on my feet and overflowing with
Thank you to those who sent
cards and messages; it was very
thoughtful of you and I appreci-
ated each and every one.
Commonwealth games are com-
ing up, with our best bowling
talent on display.
I wish them every bit of luck,
and hope that any success they
have will reflect in our membership.
Exit surveys have been sent to
every person who has not renewed
their membership, and we will
compare these results with those
of surveys conducted in years gone
by to establish changes in trends.
Naturally enough, we pay great
attention to the feedback offered
in these surveys because it allows
us to change what we do, or the
way that we do it.
The website was overwhelmed
with enquiries during the pennant
finals weekend in August, with a
record number of people access-
ing -- or trying to access -- finals
Mark Whiteman and I (coinci-
dentally the two worst bowlers
on staff) were at the office all
weekend entering data.
I know it should have been well
within our ability to keep up, but
history shows we were paddling
uphill most of the weekend.
With all the other bowlers
on staff away competing that
weekend, we just didn't have the
manpower to update the website
We are working on ways that
this will improve next year.
I was particularly interested in the
results from this year's pennants,
with success coming to many of
the really innovative bowls-focussed
clubs across the State.
Congratulations to every flag
winner. Though winning isn't
everything, it sure feels good,
The new coaching courses are
being rolled out with many coaches
Most of them have their AHA
moment about a third or half
way through their course, as the
little light bulb comes on and
they start to understand the dif-
ference between the old coaching
methodology and the new.
I thinks it's particularly exciting
to see the eyes widen and smiles
appear as they begin to understand
how the new coaching scheme
and training works.
I realise it is not for everyone,
and that also some people will
never get it, and are much more
comfortable with the old way.
The new coaches are armed
with information and skills that I
know will stand our sport in good
stead for years to come.
If you like reading, I have a few
books for you.
"Bounce" by Mathew Syed is
just fabulous. It is sub-titled "How
Champions are made." Just that
subtitle had me hooked, and I
read it from cover to cover in
I have often mentioned the book
"Any Given Team" by Ray Mclean,
which I still heartily endorse.
Ray has a new book called "Team
Work" which is a ripper, too.
His teamwork philosophy is
behind so many of the successful
football clubs across the country.
Geelong in the AFL are a great
example of the difference that
Ray's philosophy and team struc-
tures can make.
We have also been collecting
survey information from dozens
of aspirant bowlers across the
country, to try to find out what
they think about the role of talent
vs coaching vs practice.
I will write something for the
next issue about the results.
The NSW Sports Federation runs
some great, inexpensive courses
that every board member and
committee member should attend.
The "How to run effective meet-
ings" course is about 4 hours, and
I can strongly recommend anyone
wanting to make the most of their
time in meetings should attend.
Every registered bowler in NSW
is a member of the Sports Federa-
tion, so you get member rates.
If your club would like some
help with their business plan, their
board direction, with coaching or
with any other business or focus
related matter, the Development
Team can be contacted on 1300
We may not be able to help
you, but we may know someone
Finally, I would like to take
this opportunity to welcome Chris
Green to the team.
You will hear more from Chris
over the next few months.
It seems he has been on the
bowling scene for a long time,
even though he is just 22.
He will drive the Junior pro-
grams, including School bowls
and our Purposeful Practice ses-
sions with clubs, where his vast
Premier League experience will
State Pennant Finals are allo-
cated to the 16 Zones on a
rostered basis. Each Zone hosts
each Grade's State Finals once
every 16 years. The roster
is available on the RNSWBA
-- Andrew Lynn
RNSWBA Sports Co-ordinator
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