Today will bring a close to the World Bowls Championships 2016.
For those that know bowls and even those that don’t, I urge you to take a second or even a few good minutes to bring up the live stream and watch some bowls. It will give you a look at high level bowls and just how competitive and difficult the game is!
Bowls is an underappreciated sport. Bowls is a misunderstood sport. Bowls is an AMAZING sport.
For interest sake the stream will go live at 3:30pm EST in Canada with a Women’s Pairs Gold Medal match of New Zealand vs Wales. At 7:00pm EST in Canada you can see a fellow Canadian play in Men’s Singles against New Zealand.
We, in the bowls world, are bogged down with perception and stereotypes. It’s an old persons sport, it’s boring, it’s a hobby, etc. All are things that aren’t true, yet over my lifetime and even before it has been the dominating view across Canada and even Internationally.
Bowls is a young persons sport that older people can play. If you look at the top bowlers across the globe, you will note that the majority are younger (sub 40 years) with an ever growing contingent of very young bowlers (sub 30) years taking over spots on the top teams.
Not to say that older players aren’t at the top as we see many well seasoned players still dominating the top ranks and winning the top prizes. Bowls is a sport you can play a long time and play at a top level a long time.
Bowls is something that EVERYONE can play. In Canada we can see young bowlers rolling bowls for fun at ages as young as 6,7 & 8 and older bowlers still playing in events as old as 90 (or even older!). Bowls is an ageless sport, but because it can still be played at older ages we see more and more “older” players as they can no longer play other types of sports. Could you see a big group of 80 or 90 year old men and women playing football or baseball in a competitive manner? In bowls we CAN, that’s why we have so many older players who still come out regularly and enjoy the game!
So take a quick look at the live streaming of games and I hope you will try to watch a fellow Canadian – Ryan Bester (from Hanover, ON) — attempt to win the coveted Gold Medal in Men’s Singles this evening. You won’t regret it!