A lunchtime program aimed at getting Aboriginal people into playing bowls is gathering momentum.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the Aboriginal Bowls Program had started strongly and would eventually be expanded to other locations across Perth.
Mr Waldron said the first Aboriginal Bowls Program at the Hilton Bowling Club had been a great success and another was now planned in June for the Cockburn Bowling Club.
“The great thing about this sport is that you can be quite young or elderly and there’s even a way to modify the game if you have a disability,” he said.
“Bowls provides a great opportunity to be physically active and also offers an opportunity to socialise and connect with others.”
The Minister said the sport held opportunities for players at all levels and for those who wanted to further their skills, or just remain active, social players.
“This sport offers a real opportunity for first timers to find their niche and hopefully fall in love with a sport they can play all their lives and be active with,” he said.
Mr Waldron said Aboriginal people had lower rates of participation in both organised and unorganised sport - something the State Government was keen to address.
Bowls WA has already had success with a similar program for those with a disability.
Bowls WA is funded by the Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation and this program was made possible through the department’s award-winning Inclusive Sports Funding Scheme.
The next Aboriginal Bowls Program will be at Cockburn Bowling Club on June 10 from 11.30am to 1.30pm. First attendance is free and subsequent visits are $5. All welcome.
For further information, or to take part in this program, contact Denise McMillan from Bowls WA on (08) 9340 0800 or email: email@example.com.
Minister’s office - 6552 6100