The 2017 All Cape Tournament hosted by Eden Bowls is just around the corner (Women's Event: 23-29 April/ Men's Event: 30 April- 6 May) during which time we will see some of the region’s best bowlers battling it out on the manicured greens of bowling clubs throughout the Eden District. The eastern zone comprises clubs like Sedgefield, Knysna, Leisure Isle and Plettenberg Bay. The western zone will be Great Brak, Vista (Little Brak), Hartenbos and Mossel Bay. George and Outeniqua will be utilized either west or east, depending on the number of entries per zone.
Whilst bowls has traditionally been a sporting pursuit favoured by our more 'mature' citizens, this is now a thing of the past. The sport of bowls has recently enjoyed a surge of popularity among people of all ages and has become far more accessible. The yearly Barefoot Bowls fund-raising initiative in Sedgefield, for example, has proved an immensely popular event, seeing people from all ages and walks of life dressing up and going bowling, mad for a good cause!
The rise in popularity is partly thanks to a countrywide drive which was recently launched by Bowls South Africa called #1Sport4Life. Their mission is: to promote the sport of bowls as a strategy-based sport with no age, gender or physical barriers.
It is a sport that you can start at age 7 and still be enjoying at 100! It is great for improving motor co-ordination, balance, rhythm, sense of direction and depth perception. On a physical level it increases core stability, flexibility and increases muscle tone. On a psychological level it helps with focus, concentration, self motivation and positive imagery. It instils sportsmanship and respect and teaches many other important life skills.
The #1Sport4Life website says it all: “If you thought lawn bowls is a sedate leisure activity just for older people, you are in for a pleasant shock. It can be a game of skill and strategic tactics or simply enjoyable and relaxing – it’s up to you!”
For more information on the 2017 All Cape Tournament visit: http://bowlssc.co.za
Contact a bowling club near you to get more information on this growing sport.