Bowling Club teaches the game’s finer points to Lifeskills members

Lifeskills’ Maree Thomas tries her hand at lawn bowls recently. PHOTO: DARREN SNYDER
Lifeskills’ Maree Thomas tries her hand at lawn bowls recently. PHOTO: DARREN SNYDER

In conjunction with Lifeskills Plus and the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, Mudgee Bowling Club has been hosting lawn bowls lessons for people with a disability recently.

Over several weeks during February, Lifeskills Plus members were taught the basics of lawn bowls as well as how to best adapt their game in line with their ability.

Mudgee Bowling Club member and leader of the program, Alan Clarke, said the group would often consist of about 25 people and all at different stages.

“Some of the group picked the game up quickly and they could play bowls here on a regular basis,” he said.

“It’s one thing learning how to bowl and then learning about the greater application of the game and how to play in certain situations.”

Clarke said he worked with the Lifeskills members to better understand how they can play the game.

“As you can see there are people who have difficulty bending down to bowl so we’ve provided them with a device that helps release the ball from a greater height,” he said.

“We’re also in the process of finding a similar device for people in a wheelchair.  

“There’s a bowler in the group who does not have much movement in their arms so we’re looking at creating a tube or chute they can roll the bowl down.”

Mudgee Bowling Club will continue to host lessons for people with a disability at the new greens at Club Mudgee. For more information contact the bowling club.