REDEFINING old man,s marbles’
Junior and disabled teams join in Easter Tournament, showing that bowls is a sport for everyone
The annual Easter Tournament at the Bedfordview Country Club recently attracted some 22 teams of bowlers from across the country, including two junior teams and disabled team. The greens were ablaze of colour and vibrant fashion since, as Desiree Levin, Bowls South Africa Disability representative, explained, “The only prerequisite was correct bowling shoes.”
“The participation of junior and disabled players proves that bowls is for everyone and can be described as ‘One sport for life’,” explained Desiree, an avid bowler and organiser of the annual Accumulo Rainbow Trips event. Desiree facilitated a financial donation to the youth team as part of youth development in the sport.
She explained that bowls was no longer ‘old man’s marbles’, as it might have been known in the past. Today’s bowling balls come in an array of colours and this is definitely a game which brings community members of all ages, races and culture together. The two junior sides, with an average age of 17, did extremely well by beating some of the more experienced teams. Ryan Hoffman’s team, consisting of Keegan Sayce, Alexis Hannegraf and Luca Cellere, ended 5th and the team of Josh Britz, Nathan Dwinger, Thabo Molope and Kayla Stopforth ended 18th. The disabled team, proudly skipped by Desiree, finished 10th overall.
The tournament was won by a local team consisting of Terrence Botha, Gary Symons, Jacqui Janse van Rensburg and Fiona Eaton. Jacqui recently ended 2nd in the National Masters event which took place at the Wanderers Club earlier this year. Desiree’s message to the community: “This is a sport for everyone. Hope to see you sometime on the greens.”