IF you are under the impression bowls is for the elderly, you are certainly not alone, but you are wrong.

In fact, Mildura Bowls Club’s Chris Mitchell was keen to let it be known the age on average of bowlers in the Australian Jackaroos, our national bowls team, is 28 years old.

In an age where life is returning to normality of some sort after COVID, bowls, Mitchell said, is the ideal sport to get involved in.

At his club, the oldest participant is 96, while the youngest is 16.

It’s played outdoors, in a COVID safe manner, provides benefits for the body both mentally and physically and it also provides participants the opportunity to socialise.
You only had to hear the banter between bowlers taking part in a roll socially on Tuesday morning to realise these people found it good for the body, mind and soul.

Mitchell explained bowls is 90 per cent a mind game and 10 per cent physical, but with a range of aides available to assist in bowling and collecting the bowls, all abilities are covered.

“What you put into it is what you get out of it,” Mitchell said.

There’s also numerous ways to get involved in the sport – and you can do so as a group, with colleagues, family, friends or teammates from another sport, or as an individual.

While there is plenty of scope to keep things fun and social, Mitchell said there is also the opportunity to advance your skills, with coaching and mentoring available.

– ZOEY ANDREWS