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Local Bowling Legends

As we all know, it’s important to stay active as life goes on – and a great way to keep up your fitness and your social life is through lawn bowls. That’s why we’ve scoured the country to find club-based bowlers with great stories to tell, passion for the game and their club, and perhaps even more importantly, a zest for life.

Find out more about our Local Bowling Legends and how bowls enriches their lives in partnership with Bowls Australia. 

Alf Strano

Innisfail Bowls Club President Alf Strano isn’t just passionate about playing bowls, he’s also dedicated to uniting his community – no matter where they come from. Alf has opened the doors of his club to countless backpackers, showing them Australian culture and putting on themed nights that have made his spot THE spot to be. 

Watch on to see how Alf turned the state of the Innisfail Bowls Club around, and how an ecological disaster almost dampened those dreams.

Rick Gordon 

Not only is Rick Gordon “one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet” – he’s one of Northmead Bowls Club’s most devoted volunteers. Giving up countless hours of his time for the betterment of his club, Rick is truly passionate about creating a fun and friendly environment for everyone he come across. 

Whether it’s running programs, organising fundraisers or just raising spirits, watch to find out how Rick became an invaluable part of the Northmead Bowls Club. 

Ken O’Meara

There’s something quintessentially Australian about lawn bowls – from the competitive spirit to the feeling of community. Meet one of our four picks for a Local Bowling Legend, Ken O’Meara from the Grafton Bowling Club in NSW. 

Having founded the Tuesday Night Triples, watch on to see how Ken was able to encourage club membership and add some extra excitement to weekday nights. 

Vandra Powell

President, Selector, Coach – the list of Vandra Powell’s contributions to Beenleigh Bowls Club are legendary. That’s why we’ve picked Vandra for one of our four Australian Local Bowling Legends. 

Vandra works especially hard on youth outreach, and making sure the game of lawn bowls is learned and loved by kids, so the great game lives on for yet another generation. 

Watch to see how Vandra uses her incredible energy to take on anything - from teaching kids to raising money for drought relief.

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