Smart safeguard in extreme heat

THE responsibility of clubs to abandon or suspend bowls in extreme weather conditions could be when temperatures have reached 31 degrees on high humidity days, according to a Kingscliff official.

In a letter responding to my article about duty of care, Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club games co-ordinator Greg Barrack writes: "The Bowls Australia extreme weather policy refers to 'heat stress index' rather than 'temperature'. It states that bowls should be suspended when the Heat Stress Index reaches 36 degrees. Heat Stress Index of 36 can be obtained with temperatures of around 31 degrees with humidity of around 85-90%.

"Measurers can be purchased to measure the Heat Stress Index which is based on temperature and humidity, and apps are available to calculate it. I applaud your article's intent of duty of care by clubs with regard to hot conditions, particularly in our region."

He says in a later email he contacted Bowls NSW for its latest extreme weather conditions. The response, he says, indicated there are no conditions. He was advised to check Bowls Australia guidelines. These say in part the decision to abandon or suspend play is at the discretion of the controlling body. There's no mention of Heat Stress Index.

The policy says it doesn't intend to second-guess the judgment of the controlling body as weather conditions can vary throughout Australia.

However I say hot is hot, whatever part of the country you're in. If the Heat Stress Index is no longer part of the policy, then why? It seems a sensible safeguard.

Champion effort

DOWN Bega way plumber Ricky Holt had this idea to raise funds for charity.

Every day for 50 days from early December he played bowls at a different club from Tweed Heads to Sydney, from Dubbo to Canberra and Albury. Each of the clubs ran a charity day, raising close to $100,000 for research into cystic fibrosis and autism.

Apart from bowls, Ricky has been a long-standing committee member of the cricket club and the Aussie Rules club president and coach.

At Easter every year for the past 10 years he has run a three-day over-35 footy carnival at Bega that attracts players from around Australia and usually raises about $6000. He takes this money to Bali at his own expense to provide support for up to 60 disadvantaged children.

While in Bali he works on infrastructure projects that benefit the children's home.

And he still finds time in Bega to be a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer and a team organiser for Relay for Life.

No wonder he has just been named Bega Citizen of the Year.

Big incentive

BOWLS Australia is holding out a carrot to clubs in a promotion it calls Fix Up Your Club.

For touch-up work on the premises it's offering a chance to win two sets of bowls to be presented in person by an Australian Jackaroo.

The clubs are required to send in before-and-after pictures accompanied by a short piece on how it benefits the club.

The work can be projects such as cleaning old equipment from club grounds, painting, furniture overhauls, new shading or roofing, sprucing up club rooms etc. The offer closes on February 10.

Administration issues

WOMEN'S Bowls NSW is urging all clubs and districts to adopt updated constitutions and bylaws before their next AGM.

It says that as all members are not familiar with the process, the state governance committee has put together a six-step recommended procedure.

This includes reducing the number of club delegates to one and suggests wording of notices of motion.

Winning combination

AARON Teys, playing second for Aron Sherriff, won two of three games when New South Wales lost to Queensland 2-1 in the interstate series at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast.

The Queensland team that beat Sherriff's four included Sean Ingram, fresh from his win in the Summerland Pairs and runner-up in the Summerland Singles. His partner in the Ballina pairs win, Jayden Christie, was also in the Qld side.

NSW started the series in formidable fashion, winning the opening round by a hefty 71-46. Then things went bad. The Bananabenders took the next two tests 63-50 and 65-56.

JIM'S VIEW

THE absence of a state bowls magazine meant I hadn't seen a certain bowler's aid advertised for some time so I enquired at the source if it was still available.

A representative of the Sydney company told me it advertised the aid in the UK, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, South Africa and in Australian states other than NSW.

The reason for leaving out NSW?

"We found the NSW magazine advertising rates quite exorbitant and not as effective since the magazines weren't directly distributed," the rep said. "For example, a potential customer who hasn't been playing bowls for a while due to knee/shoulder/back injuries may not be at the club to pick up the magazine and see our advertisement but may have read it if it was delivered to the home."

This, of course, was the result of the magazine that bowlers were forced to buy being delivered to clubs in bulk, replacing the mailing of it to individuals.

The club method was a flop - the magazine often remained in an untouched heap. So it was stopped, leaving NSW the only state without an official bowls magazine and shutting down an avenue that would let bowlers know of an aid that could help them.

Those who would benefit from its use are justified in feeling they are being kept in the dark about an aid that is filling a niche all over the world and providing a means of keeping people in our game.



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