Rebecca Van Asch and David Ferguson were crowned champions at the Australian Indoor bowls Championships at Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
Rebecca Van Asch and David Ferguson were crowned champions at the Australian Indoor bowls Championships at Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Contributed

Business side put in focus

TEN women from different sports, including bowls' three times world champion Rebecca van Asch, are to take part in the program called Change the Game.

The Australian Institute of Sport program pairs elite female athletes with talented emerging business leaders for 12 months to help with leadership develop- ment and improved gender diversity in sport and business.

The women are given opportunities to learn how their skills can be applied to a business context, how to develop new strategies and how to manage their career during and after they finish their sporting careers.

Van Asch recently became the first Tasmanian to take out the Australian indoors championship.

Commenting on her selection she said it was an opportunity to learn more about the corporate world and to see the links between it and sport.


IF you ever thought sport has become a business, confirmation comes with the program with the unfortunate name, Change the Game. How tying a bowler to a business guru for 12 months is going to change anything is hard to understand. If it's to help with managing finances, it isn't needed - there aren't enough dollars in our game for the elite. But apparently this program isn't to help with financial management. The blurb says: "Key topics include the inner critic and inner coach, ego health, personal belief systems and identifying the potential opportunities to change the game.”

Our game was thriving long before Sir Francis Drake played it in his knickerbockers. Do we really need business to tell us how to go about changing it? As far as inner coaches and egos are concerned, the elite don't become elite without having these under control.

A bowler would use the time spent at the Change the Game workshops far better out on the green with a coach that doesn't exist in their head.

Business end

ZONE One president Kris Lehfeldt (Ballina) on Sunday will take on Saturday's winner of the Gavin McPahil (Byron Bay) - Brad Johnson (Maclean) game in the zone's champion of champions singles at Evans Head.

In Sunday's pairs, skips John Turner (Cabarita Beach) and Greg Johnson (Yamba) will meet. Grant Bowen (Lennox Head) has the bye.

Kiwi connection

NEW ZEALAND brothers Jordan (15) and Logan (13) Dunn will play in the Under-18 pairs at Ballina RSL's week-long Aero Junior tournament that starts with singles this Sunday. The boys arrived with their parents on Tuesday - their section of the tourney is on Thursday-Friday.

For the first time in its three-year history an Under-13 category in singles and pairs is included in the program.

Grants open

APPLICATIONS for grants under the government-sponsored local sport program are now open and will close on October 6. The grants through the Office of Sport are for four project types: sport develop- ment ($2000), community sport events ($5000), sport access ($5000), facility development ($20,000).

The objectives of the program are to increase participation in sport or structured physical activity, to address barriers to participation, and to help sports clubs to provide quality service to their members.

The Office of Sport stresses that applications from licensed sports clubs may be considered provided the project directly benefits the sport and not the licensed premises.

New badges

WOMEN'S Bowls NSW has discontinued issuing veterans' badges and has replaced them with a badge that recognises members who have remained loyal to the organisation for a continuing period, regardless of age.

The state body says the veterans' badge provided no reward to people who had many years of continued membership of the association but had not reached the age for veteran qualification.

"Simply, it was a reward for having a significant birthday,” the state body says.

The only badge based on age now issued by Women's Bowls NSW is awarded to those who reach 100 years. But to get one the person must be a member of the association for two continuous years at the time of becoming eligible.

Big names

IN addition to Leif Selby's induction into Bowls Australia's Hall of Fame on the Gold Coast on October 26, there are four others to get the honour: Mark Casey (Qld), Wayne Turley (NSW), Arnold O'Brien (Vic), Greeta Fahey (Qld).

Two of the biggest names in the history of Australian bowls, Kelvin Kerkow and Rex Johnston, already in the Hall of Fame, are to be accorded Legend status at the awards night.

Each of them racked up more than 300 international appearances for their country including multiple Commonwealth Games (both are Games gold medallists) and world championships. Kerkow's gold came in the singles at the 2006 Games; Johnston won his in the pairs with Cameron Curtis at the 1994 Games.

Open arms

BOWLS Tasmania 's formation of a bowling arm committee completes the approval of every state for the delivery device that has allowed many bowlers to continue in the game.

National bowling arm championships were held at Moama from September 10-13. At these Western Australia made its first appearance. Tasmania will join in next year.

Both winners

MY referral last week to Lismore Workers Sports having won two of the NRDBA's Pennant of the Year awards over the years was off beam. The real two-time winner was the then Lismore Heights Workers.

Workers Sports with its one green at Goonellabah is still a great little club.

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