Toowoomba Tenpin president Nathan Stein will soon be rolling out a new kids bowling program thanks to a grant of $8,375. Mr Stein said the grant would be used to purchase equipment for Bowl Patrol – a national junior tenpin bowling program designed specifically for primary school children.
â€œBowl Patrol is a modified version of tenpin bowling, we roll out carpet and the kids learn to bowl from three-quarters down the lane,â€ Mr Stein said. â€œAs they get better, they move further back. Itâ€™s a great way to make learning to bowl fun without using bumpers and without all the balls going in the gutter,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s great to see a club being proactive and getting kids like Blake, Cody and Shannon involved in their sport,â€ Mr Janetzki said.Â The Walker triplets Blake, Cody and Shannon said they liked bowling because it was â€œfun, enjoyable and you get to knock stuff downâ€.
Mr Stein said the club would also implement the Roll â€˜nâ€™ Strike tenpin bowling programs in schools across the Darling Downs and for accreditation of extra volunteers needed to run the new programs. â€œWe have a great club. Our youngest members are kids as young as three through to our oldest league bowler who is in his late 80s,â€ Mr Stein said.
â€œIn Australia bowling is a very small sport so there is a bit of a struggle to get it recognised as a sport rather than just a recreational activity,â€ he said. â€œActually the number one bowling in the world is Australian Jason Belmonte â€“ he makes his living competing in pro tours in America and Japan.â€
A total of nine organisations in Toowoomba South received grants totalling almost $185,000 in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
Toowoomba South grant recipients:
- Downs Rugby Ltd – $6780 – purchase equipment and coach course fees
- Drug Arm Toowoomba – $33,740 – purchase motor vehicle
- Endeavour Foundation Ramsay Accommodation Support – $34, 371 – renovate bathroom
- Golden West Tenpin Bowling – $8375 – purchase equipment
- Hope Horizons – $3704 – purchase equipment
- Multicap Toowoomba Hub – $16, 729 – upgrade kitchen
- Toowoomba Valleys Rugby League Club – $15,970 – upgrade facility
- Turbo Jets Swim Club – $34, 780 – upgrade facility
- Toowoomba and District Woodcrafters Inc – $30,005 â€“ purchase woodworking equipment and a shipping container
Office of David Janetzki MP
Member for Toowoomba South
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