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The 2011/12 Season is drawing to an end and its that time of the year when we celebrate what has been achieved and reflect on what may not have been. The best thing about sport
is if some of our goals werent quite reached, there is always next week, or in this case next season!President Ivy and I have just returned from a two day Bowls Australia strategic planning workshop. The focus of the workshop was the development of a national plan for the sport over the next four years and what was evident was that for the sport to grow all stakeholders need to work together. We need to challenge and be innovative in the way that we approach certain objectives and the strategies we implement to achieve these goals.One of these is club membership. As we are all aware, traditional club membership has been consistently declining for a number of years. At the same time participation in the sport has been increasing with the latest figures showing that in South Australia there are over 36,000 participants, compared to the 17,000 registered members of bowling clubs.Our main focus has always been on our membership and this is obviously important for the sustainability of bowling clubs and State and Territory Associations. But the challenge for all of us is to embrace all participants and ensure that their experience with the sport is a positive one. With this in mind, we need to consider that not everyone may want to become members, now or at anytime, but are happy to continue their current involvement with the sport. If this is the case, what we need to do is provide them with a positive experience and ensure that they continue their involvement, in whatever form that is.This could be simply as a customer of a bowling club where they have a meal and a drink at the bar. In time, they may take up playing social bowls or convert into a member. If not they are still contributing to the financial viability of the bowling club and will hopefully be telling their friends and acquaintances
about the welcoming sport of bowls. The challenge to us all is to ensure that we all work together to make every participant in the sport want to come backand bring their friends.The feast of international bowls on offer in South Australia continues with the Six Nation International Series being held from May 15-20 at the Holdfast Bay Bowling Club. This is another opportunity to witness the worlds best bowlers in action in the lead-up to World Championships. With Scotland, New Zealand, Malaysia, Fiji and South Africa taking on the Aussies, it promises to be an exciting few days of competition. More information on the event is available on Page 12. The annual Bowls SA Awards Night is also, not far away and this years event will be held at the Festival Function Centre on Friday 25 May. The Awards Night has been revamped and a number of new awards will be presented this year with the night also including the next induction of members into the Bowls SA Hall of Fame. More information on the Awards Night is available on Page 10 and why not join in the festivities and get a table together to celebrate the end of another season and the achievements of your club mates.I look forward to seeing you there and enjoy the winter months
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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE[ [After many hours of pressure and pleasure the Pennant season has reached it conclusion. Finals have been played and theres the usual mixture of jubilation and disappointment. Congratulations to the winners, and if like me, your team was eliminated before the Finals, take heart that theres always next year!A big thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the pennant competitions throughout South Australia, your efforts are truly appreciated.With the exception of the Champion of Champion events all Bowls SA State events have now been played, trophies presented and records written. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-ups, thank you to the Clubs that provided their facilities and to the Event Managers, Umpires and Markers who ensured the events were again a great experience for participants.At Broadbeach Bowling Club on the Gold Coast, States and Territories have just finished battling it out in the Super 6s and Australian Sides Championships and despite the Eastern States demonstrating their supremacy, both South Australian teams performed well and did the state
proud. A full report is on Page 11. During the season Ive had the opportunity of attending many presentation and awards functions, most recently the 100th Birthday celebrations for the Murray Bridge Bowling Club on April 21. For me, hearing the history of a Club is a highlight of the celebration and gives a wonderful insight into the great effort put in by early members in establishing the Club and ensuring its longevity.Back in those days a lot of manual labor was used, taking many weeks or sometimes months, to finish a project. Today we call in a mechanical operator with levellers and diggers and trucks to do the work in a few days. But I bet those that worked manually got just as much satisfaction out of their achievements.On a governance level, Ive recently attended a meeting with Bowls Australia, along with representatives of all States and Territories, for the purpose of developing the next Bowls Australia Strategic Plan. I found the exercise of addressing future goals and plans to achieve a positive and sustainable future for our sport was interesting but also challenging.
Locally, the sport generally goes into recess at this time of year, however, processes continue for setting up for next season and reviewing where to from here.The election of members to the Board of Bowls SA will be addressed at the Bowls SA Annual General Meeting and its an opportune time for members to consider suitable candidates to take on these very important roles. The sport is fortunate in having a membership from a broad cross section of business backgrounds who can provide knowledge and experience for the benefit of the sport. Nominations will be called for in July; do you know someone that would be a suitable nominee?I trust the winter months will be an enjoyable and productive time for everyone and maybe even allow time to escape to see other parts of Australia or the world!
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Bowls SA welcomes Nicole Carey who will be undertaking a 12 month Sports Administration Traineeship with the organisation.Traineeships provide opportunities for school leavers to gain experience and qualifications in a specific industry and are subsidised by the Federal government and the Office for Recreation and Sport and Bowls SA acknowledges the support of these bodies in assisting with the funding of this position. During the 12 month appointment Nicole will undertake training at Sport SA to complete a Certificate III in Sports Administration, provide administration assistance to all Bowls SA departments, as well as providing support to the development and events team at clinics and events to enable her to gain a broad understanding of the sport and event management. Nicole has already demonstrated an enthusiasm to learn and we trust he