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August 2016 | Volume 6 Issue 5

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800 Clubs in

10 MONTHS Tweed Heads Bowls Club’s



STAR Meet bowlers “Snow” and “The Lawman” $500 off new dentures!



Palm Lake Resort This superb gated community offers the very finest of all amenities. The huge clubhouse is unparalleled with its magnificent 180-degree view of the Tweed River. The clubhouse houses a beautiful indoor heated pool, spa, gym, dining room, cinema, library, dance floor, lounge areas, games area, craft area as well as areas to have a barbecue and entertain guests. Pets are welcome. Move in, relax and enjoy the very best that life has to offer at Palm Lake Resort!

Palm Lake Resort – Tweed River Site 16 Immaculately presented home, just three years old and features spacious, light and airy open plan living areas with raked ceilings, bamboo timber flooring, ceiling fans, and reverse cycle air-conditioning. The home has three good-sized carpeted bedrooms with roller blinds and ceiling fans; master with an ensuite bathroom. The elegant kitchen has onyx stone work surfaces/bench-tops and 2-Pak white panel doors. The kitchen has Smeg stainless steel, built-in appliances that include an electric fan-forced oven/grill, ceramic cook-top, microwave, range hood and dishwasher. The stylish bathroom consists of a large shower recess, vanity unit and toilet. A tandem carport with a remote operated roller door adjoins the home. This energy efficient home has ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning throughout, a solar heat pump hot water service and solar panels with an inverter.

Price $579,000 Palm Lake Resort – Tweed River Site 31 Immaculately presented home featuring a large tiled entrance porch with views across to the Tweed River. The spacious, light and airy open plan living areas have raked ceilings, bamboo timber flooring, thermalite plantation shutters, ceiling fans, and reverse cycle air-conditioning. The home has two good-sized carpeted bedrooms; master with ensuite. Plus, there is a good-sized study that may be used as a third bedroom. The elegant kitchen has onyx stone work surfaces/benchtops and 2-Pak white panel doors. The kitchen has Smeg stainless steel, built-in appliances that include an electric fan-forced oven/grill, ceramic cook-top, microwave, range hood and dishwasher. The stylish bathroom consists of a large shower recess, vanity unit and toilet. This energy efficient home has ducted air-conditioning throughout, a solar heat pump hot water service and solar panels with an inverter.


From the Editor We’ve got some interesting stories for you in this issue, in particular, our feature on up-andcoming Tweed Heads star, 16-year-old Jessica Srisamruaybai on pages 6-7. Who said that bowling was only for oldies? The Australian Open was a huge success as anticipated. A special thank you goes out to the unsung heroes, the volunteers, who made the event run smoothly. Have a look at some of the photos from the Open on pages 16-17.

Finally, congratulations to the following winners from the last issue of Bowls Plus:

Read more about “The Lawman” from the Gold Coast (pages 20-21) and the man from the Sunny Coast called “Snow” (page 9). Seasoned bowlers, you might remember the name “Chris Thomas”. Chris played bowls at 800 clubs in 10 months throughout Australia to raise funds for cancer research. Read more about Chris on page 11.

Winner of Z-Scoop AERO Bowls: Phyl Hallewell from Pelican Waters

Winner of Henselite Bag: Terence Gesch

Winners of Theatre Tickets: Pam Bews

Thanks again to Aero Bowls, Henselite and Javeenbah Theatre for their sponsorship of the above prizes, as well as all the advertisers who help to keep this independently run magazine free for readers. Until next time,


IN THIS ISSUE Tweed’s bright new star


Musgrave Hills Bowls Club news


Broadbeach Bowls Club news


Recruiting new members into clubs


Australian Open gallery





August 2016 | Volume 6 Issue 5

Distributed FREE from Kingscliff - Gold Coast Brisbane - Sunshine Coast

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800 Clubs in

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STAR Meet bowlers “Snow” and “The Lawman” $500 off new dentures!

Queensland’s up-and-coming star Jessica Srisamruaybai graces the cover of this issue. Read more about Jessica on pages 6 and 7.


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Last month’s letter from “The Grumpy Lead” generated some discussion around the issue of always being the lead. Here is the original letter plus some replies:

Dear Editor,

I feel like the forever the bridesmaid with my bowls. To me, I am the forever the lead and am getting very frustrated to the extent that I am thinking of giving up bowls. At my club, no matter whether the game be in pennants or social, I am always placed as lead. Pennants, I can appreciate that I will play the position that gives the best chance for the team and have no worries about that. But to constantly play lead is no better than turning up later in the day for a practice roll up by myself. No coaching is provided in the club to practice and develop other skills. Once a skip, always a skip seems to be the mantra of bowling clubs. More often than not my bowls hold shot when I have finished only to have poor tactics destroy the advantage particularly by not protecting the head. Unfortunately I am developing the smug satisfaction of seeing our team go down for lack of tactical skills. Before pennants start there are the usual trial games. The trials are merely a word because there are no trials of positional competencies. As lead, I am not tried or tested at any other position or bowling competency. Nor are any other player’s competencies tested. I am placed at lead; similarly the seconds and thirds are placed and of course the skips are appointed from the permanent skip pool. Changes are rare and seem to occur only on the basis of non availability. Regards, The Grumpy Lead

Hi Grumpy Lead,

To the Grumpy Lead

I am a state coach in WA. I have a “ clinic” on Sherro”s site here: www.osborneparkbc.com. au/colin_johnson_coaching … suggest a look??

I am frustrated also at my club as I’m always lead and play in low pennants grade. I recently played in a fire brigade Australasian championship and they couldn’t believe my club have me playing so low. When you play low you are not learning anything because you always forfeit and they put members who have been with club longer up to fill any gaps.

Also, if there’s no help at your club try this:

Do not at this stage worry about technique (remember your technique is yours alone, and everyone is different), only the application you know. Remember, the only one who gets a result in a “roll up” is the best bowler. You are better suited on your own. To improve and extend your ability try the following: • Use 4 bowls (or more) • Get 4 or 8 old bowls (club should have some) and set up a  reasonable easy head, 2 metres short of long end. Leave entry gaps fh =bf. • Place jack in middle. • Now spend 1hr drawing into the head making sure you constantly ‘’reach” so your bowl can come off bowls (this is making your own luck).   • Adjust head to suit what you are trying to achieve. Use your imagination, and enjoy what you will. This will give you all the shots that are required from lead =2 =3 =skip. Good luck, Col Johnson.

From Paul Attwood “Take heart Grumpy Lead. I think any Skip would tell you that a good lead is GOLD!!” “I love being lead, because I can rest between ends and don’t have anything to do but bowl. If I couldn’t be lead, I couldn’t bowl at all.” “If you are a lead you’re first one picked - it’s good to be a good lead.” “Good leads are like GOLD and you will always be sought after for competitive games.”

Dear Editor The replies to my letter to the editor have been very positive and encouraging for me. As a lead I seem to be ok considering that I seem to be the lead of choice in selections. It’s just that I feel the need to break out of the lead rut occasionally. Thank you Col for your careful roll up strategy and I will certainly go your way. Now my mind is tinkering with clubs’ administration and how that can be adaptable to encourage greater participation in lawn bowls. If the answer was simple we would not have dwindling and aging membership numbers. I am aware of a strong and buoyant club with membership ages around the late fifties but this club’s administration has no strategy or thoughts for membership recruitment over the next ten years. To me this club is merely ten years behind the host of clubs that are experiencing membership declines from age attrition. More thoughts to follow, The Grumpy Lead


Rising Star at Tweed Heads becomes Youngest Open Singles Champion It has been a great 12 months for Tweed Heads Ladies Bowls Club’s young member, Jessica Srisamruaybai whose latest achievement was winning the Ladies Open Singles Championship for 2016 at the tender age of 16. Jessica has had an outstanding and productive 12 months by initially teaming up with club member Mitch Jackson to win the inaugural Mixed Indoor Pairs championship. She went on to win the “Bob Foreman Memorial Junior Pairs” with 3 wins plus 32 shots, after pairing with Dale McWhinney-Shillington from Musgrave Hill.

In December 2015, Jessica took all before her in the “Across the Ditch Challenge” held in New Zealand (a development series) between Queensland and Auckland, playing in the under-18 Singles, Pairs and Triples disciplines. She won 5 out of 7 games and was named “Female Player of the Series”. Back home at the Queensland Junior State championships, Jessica won a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal. She teamed up with Taleah Putney (Gayndah), Shane White (Helensvale) and Dale McWhinneyShillington to win the Fours, partnered with Jesse Cottell (Broadbeach) to win Silver, plus won a Bronze medal in the under-18 Open Triples. Most recently, Jessica was selected in the Girls Queensland team to play in a 3-test series against New South Wales under-18 side on 4th and 5th July at the Tugun Bowls club. The series covers all 4 disciplines in a 5-player team. At her home club, Jessica was a part of the team including Leigh Rayward, Kristy Thatcher and skip, Wendy Wilson winning the Open Fours. Jessica then defeated Wendy Wilson (2015 champion) in the Open Singles 25/19 to become the club’s youngest female in the club’s history to win this championship. This gave Jessica automatic entry into the South Tweed Ladies Prestige Singles, previously known as the “Black Douglas” singles for masters. She reached the semi-finals defeating Australian Jackaroo player, Chloe Stewart and then ex Aussie representative, Julie Keegan, doing herself and dedicated coach, Judy Pearce, proud. Jessica also represented Australia in the National Training Centre’s squad in a test series against Hong Kong, China along with senior Queensland squad player, Kristy Thatcher, also from Tweed Heads. This series was won by the NTC squad 3 tests to nil. At the recent Australian Open held on the Gold Coast, Jessica finished as runner-up in the Girls singles. Jessica was born in Thailand in 2000 and migrated to Australia in 2008 settling in the Tweed Heads area. She is a year 11 student at Tweed River High School and was coached as part of the Tweed Heads Junior Development program since becoming a member in October 2010. In 2014 Jessica was awarded “Most Improved Ladies Bowler” after winning herself a State Junior Singles title plus 2 junior championships. by Bernie Fletcher


Bowls Plus caught up with Jessica to ask her a few questions…

What would you say to other young people about lawn bowling?

How were you introduced to lawn bowling?

What are some of your goals for the future?

I got introduced in 2011 by a close friend who used to bowl and I’ve loved it ever since!

What do you like most about the sport? It’s a very unique sport, especially for younger kids as it’s really different from football and stuff. I love how it involves concentration and a good mindset while playing, which helps you to focus more and play better. There are plenty of opportunities and competitions for younger kids with the under-18 States/Australian Opens etc. and also many kind and supportive people involved!

They should really give it a go, it’s an awesome sport and they will surely go back for more!

I 100% will still be playing bowls! Hopefully I will have my own business in the near future and I also want to travel!

Were you nervous about playing in the Australian Open? If so, what helped you focus and play a good game? Yes, I tend to get really nervous at the start of games and when there’s an audience. It was really nerve-wracking in the under-18 finals with the cameras recording every shot you play. I felt a lot of pressure on myself. I try to calm down and chill out, forget about my surroundings and focus for the rest of my game, which helps take away the nervousness. BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND AUGUST 2016 7

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Musgrave Hill Bowls Club $5,000 Men’s Two-Day Pairs: 4th & 5th June 2016 Heavy rain prevented play on day one, but under a revised format on day two the winning team was Ray Glasser (Sk) & Geoff Maskell (L) from Paradise Point BC. Ranking Points were still allocated by BA. The Friday Night Raffle now has 60 x $15 meat trays; i.e. better quality, larger trays! Plus free live entertainment from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Free Sunday Raffle: Drawn at 4pm each Sunday and consisting of 20 x $15 meat trays. Obtain a free ticket with any bar, café, keno purchase or gaming collect Bistro: Unlimited prawns now added to the Wednesday night buffet. Also available Friday nights and Sunday lunch and dinner! Bingo: 5 nights per week, all cash prizes – eyes down 7.30pm Tues, Thu, Sat & 7pm Mon & Sun; Jackpots up to $5,000.

Both Jackie and Graeme come from a bowling family. Jackie and Graeme met in 1996, when Jackie was in her first year of competition at Moorooka winning the B Singles, A Triples, A Fours and was runner up in the A Singles/Pairs and Graeme was in his first year of playing for Queensland. Graeme started playing at Buranda while he was an assistant Greenkeeper, and the rest is history. Dean played cricket until he was about 15 but enjoyed an occasional game of bowls. However, after Dean and Graeme won the champion of champion State Pairs, Dean focused on bowls. This year, Dean won the State Triples and was runner up in the State Pairs. Dale made his Junior State debut last year playing Singles and Pairs, coming home with a Singles Silver and Bronze Pairs at Nationals. This year, he started the second year of his greenkeeping apprenticeship at Musgrave Hill BC following his Mum, Dad and brother in greenkeeping. He’s taken to the grass quickly after being a runner up in the Annual Easter Prestige Singles at Musgrave Hill and representing Queensland in the Junior Test series against NSW Juniors.

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Whilst living in Caloundra, Snow’s passion for lawn bowls was reignited. He has a very impressive record as a bowler: winning Major Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours as well as several Pennant Titles at both Clifton and Golden Beach Bowls Clubs. He also made a valuable contribution to club affairs by holding positions of Senior Vice President, Greens Director and a Board Member of the Pelican Waters Club. For all his dedication and commitment over many years, Snow was honoured with Life Membership in 2005. He was a foundation member of the club and holds membership number 1. Snow’s wife Edith also had an impressive bowling career, winning the Singles' title nine times at Clifton Bowls Club, seven times at Caloundra Bowls Club, and represented Queensland on two occasions.

Pelican Waters Stalwart – Snow Woollett. Jack High recently caught up with Snow Woollett and found out a little more about this Sunshine Coast bowling legend. When I caught up with Snow for a chat my first question was, “How did the name Snow came about?”. After quite an explanation, it seems he didn’t warm to his two Christian names. And I had to promise not to put them to print in this story!

Grammar School. At the age of 17 in 1939, he secured a job as a clerk in the Premier’s Office in Brisbane. The Premier at the time was Mr Forgan Smith. City life was not for Snow, so he transferred to Dalby where he worked in the Court of Petty Sessions. After a short stint in this job he enlisted in the Air Force in 1942. However, after just eighteen months of service Snow was called upon to run the family Dairy Farm in Jandawae due to a heart attack suffered by his father.

At 94 years of age - born in August 1922 – he is remarkably fit and active with an absolute passion for bowls and the Pelican Waters Bowls Club. And why not? After all, he was responsible for founding the club in 1979, previously known as the Golden Beach Bowls Club.

Snow married his wife Edith in 1944, who at the time was in the army signals corps during the war. After the war ended, Snow and Edith bought a sheep property, but because Snow’s background was in dairying they successfully changed it to a dairy farm. After many years of dairy farming, the time came to sell the property and do other things, which included working in a soft drink factory and as a van salesman for Tickles. But still not content – Snow and Edith went back to dairy farming!

Snow was born in Haden, a small country town in the Toowoomba region and attended school at Dinkie Valley, which had just 13 pupils. The school subsequently closed and Snow continued his education via correspondence and also at Toowoomba

Eventually the time came to retire so they moved to Caloundra. But Snow still needed to be active and worked with a mate repairing old Army Vehicles and - wait for this – opened a chain of real estate offices in partnership with his son.

Without doubt, Snow’s major achievement was securing the land to establish the Golden Beach Bowls Club, which changed its name to Pelican Waters Bowls Club in 2002. The late Bevan Henzell, a well-known name in Real Estate, granted the club freehold title to the land on the understanding it would not be sold or redeveloped for residential purposes. Snow proudly pointed out that the deal was done with a handshake! Another well know local identity, Syd Lingard, played a big part in the planning, developing and overseeing of building the original grass greens and clubhouse for the Golden Beach Club. Syd loaned the club $40,000 (interest free) until the club could afford to repay him. In Snow’s words , “Thank you Bevan and thank you Syd.” Lest we forget! Snow has a simple philosophy about bowls: Enter the competition - accept the dream run – and any luck you get. And I never did find out how he got the name Snow! Jack High - Editor Just Bowls.

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Tweed Heads Bowls Club Queensland Women Qualifiers – Australian Indoor

21/7 and Girdler beating Taylor 21/20 with the final going to Steve Halmai 21/18 over Paul Girdler.

Tweed Heads played host to part of the Queensland female qualifiers for the Australian Indoor Championships in May.

The Golden Nugget wildcards went to: Men – Steve Halmai and Sandra Keith from New Zealand to the highest women’s qualifier.

Paradise Point bowls club was also holding qualifying over the same weekend and following are the qualifiers for this event. From the Tweed Heads games the qualifiers were Broadbeach’s Melissa Larcombe and Emma Brown and Lyndsey Clarke from Helensvale while from Paradise Point the qualifiers were Chloe Stewart and Casandra Millerick from Broadbeach and Kristy Thatcher from Tweed Heads. This championship is scheduled for Monday 22 August to Thursday 25 August at the Tweed Heads Indoor Complex.

Tweed Open Premier Singles Another successful Mixed Singles competition with 21 sections of 3 players on Sunday June 5 and a capacity field of 28 sections on Monday making a total of 147 entrants. Down to the quarter-finals on late Tuesday the results were Phillip Thorn from Victoria defeating Max Jaffray from Queensland 21/13; Steve Halmai (Qld) beating John Balzarolo (Qld) 21/7; Ian Taylor (NSW) accounting for Robert Bowron (Western Australia 21/17 and Paul Girdler (Qld) beating Jade Groenewege also from Queensland 21/5. Semi-final results were Halmai beating Thorn

Commemorative Shield This shield was fought out on the green on Monday, May 24 and Coolangatta Men won by 1 shot (127/128) although losing on rinks 3 to 4. In the women’s section Tweed Heads went down by 88 to 74 and both shields will be residing at Coolangatta for the next 12 months.

Al Dodsley Shield This competition is held for new bowlers coached at the club within the past 2 years and there were 20 starters this year. Michael Gertiz was the winner defeating Gary Bosden in a thrilling game 25/23.

Remaining Club Carnivals For 2016 MEN’S CLUB October Half Day Open Pairs Monday October 31 – 2 games total prize money $1000 All the carnivals held generally have a maximum of 40 teams with a blind draw on arrival. Entry Fee is $25.00 per player. For more information and conditions contact Men’s club website Entries can be emailed to the club at paul.girdler@thbc.com.au; or phone: 07 5506 8157, post to Games Director,

The club where the bowls don’t stop rolling! With 4 Outdoor Greens and a fully air-conditioned Indoor Green, social bowls is played 7 days a week.

2016 Monday 8 - Thursday 11 August Don’t miss out on seeing the world’s best back in action! In its 30th year, Tweed Heads Bowls Club will once again have the crème of the crop show case their talent.


Not a bowler? Not a worry, Tweed Heads Bowls Club is guaranteed to have something for everyone. With exciting club promotions and quality food at great prices, you’re sure to go home happy. Our friendly staff look forward to your visit. Download the free THBC Tweed Life App with all the latest and greatest Information. You’ll soon agree that Tweed Heads Bowls Club is a tourist destination not to be missed.

Tweed Heads Men’s Bowls Club, PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485.

LADIES CLUB Ladies Spring Medley 6 a Side Monday September 5 prize pool $1200. Ladies Classic Pairs Monday October 10 prize pool $800. Ladies Inter Club Indoor Challenge Monday November 7 prize pool $1000 Ladies Major/Minor Pairs Monday November 28 prize pool $1000. For more information and conditions of play contact Tweed Heads Ladies Bowls Club Games Director, Judy Pearce, c/- PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485, email to paul.girdler@thbc.com.au or phone 07 5506 8157 Note that these carnivals are open to all registered lawn bowlers where applicable.

Major Events 2016 Tweed Heads 30th Golden Nugget Invitational Singles Monday August 8 to Thursday August 11 Australian Indoor Singles Championships (Indoor event) Monday August 22 to Thursday August 25 Note: All events and dates are subject to change so please check the club website at thbc.com.au; for latest information. Bernie Fletcher, Publicity Officer.

Mon 22 August to Thurs 25 August 2016 After the Golden Nugget why not stick around and watch the stars collide on carpet. Tweed Heads Bowls Club is once again the proud host of the Australian Indoor Finals.

Aussie Bowler plays at over 800 clubs for Cancer Guinness World Record holder for the Most Number of Bowls Clubs Played at in One Year, Chris Thomas, has reflected on his journey of playing bowls at 800 clubs in the short space of 10 months, all to raise funds for Cancer research.

JOB WANTED Bowls Manager/ Coordinator Wage/Salary Negotiable I’ll fit into your club’s culture while making things happen out there on the green. My bubbly personality will always be open to your concerns and needs. After playing bowls at 800 clubs around Australia, if you’re looking for someone who knows the issues facing clubs everyday – look no further!

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For further information please call Chris Thomas on 0449 295 342 Here’s Chris’ story, in his own words. Before gaining the Guinness World Record for the Most Number of Bowls Clubs Played at in One Year, and after the death of my dad from Prostate Cancer, I joined the ‘I will for Cancer’ fundraising campaign. Then I negotiated and signed a contract with Fashion ClubWear to produce Bowls Australia-approved Cancer Council bowls shirts with the blue ribbon for Prostate Cancer for men and a pink ribbon version for Breast Cancer for women. On my way to gaining the record, I travelled the east and south coasts of Australia. Starting on July 2, 2014 at Tweed Heads Bowls Club, my goal was to play 10 ends of singles against any club member at as many clubs as I could in a year. To verify everything, I had to get two club members, preferably office bearers, to sign eyewitness statements, take a 2-minute video of me playing and take photos of me with my opponent at each club. By the end of July, with 65 clubs, the Gold Coast and the outer southern and eastern suburbs of Brisbane behind me, I was well on my way to achieving my goal. By August 31, and another 71 clubs down, I headed into regional NSW where I played at 84 more clubs, bringing the total to 220 clubs in three months. After reaching 321 clubs in Sydney on October 31 (101 clubs in one month), homesickness was setting in and the mountain was getting smaller but lonelier. Throughout November, I completed Sydney’s clubs after only missing three clubs due to big tournaments and my first touch of bad weather. By December 17, Canberra was done and so were 454 clubs. My homesickness had gotten the better of me and with the festive season coming, I headed home. By this point, I’d experienced the quality of Australian generosity. My fundraising effect, selling the Cancer Council bowls shirts at $49 each,

Bowls’ leading individual Cancer Research fundraiser, over $36,000 so far! and with many clubs having had a whip round for my cause before I arrived, had reached an amazing $21,000! On January 9, 2015, I began bowling in my own district of Murray. By month’s end, I’d done north eastern Victoria and 516 clubs. February brought hot weather and Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs. My total by the 28th was 594 clubs. I was kicking it! Having done Melbourne’s eastern and northern burbs, I went aboard the Spirit of Tasmania and by the end of March, Tassie and 680 clubs were done! After Tassie, I made my way to the South Australia border and by April 30 had done 700 clubs and raised $32,000. On completing all of Adelaide, I headed home again, bowling along the way. At Kerang, I was at club 799 and thought, “that’s it I’m done”. What had started as an adventure and fun had become a boring chore. I finished on May 23 at my home of Cobram. 800 clubs in ten months! But more importantly, I had raised $35,000 for the Cancer Council. Now I’m the World Record holder and have my own Cancer Research Award. I allocated the funds to two major projects looking at ways to prevent blood cells from becoming cancerous and forming a tumour, stopping cancer in its tracks before it can take hold. To date I’ve raised another $1000 by selling shirts at several major events and tournaments. I look forward to meeting you on a green somewhere soon. Chris continues to raise funds for cancer research by selling shirts at major events and tournaments. You can also make a donation here:   http://vic.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/ChrisThomas Editor’s note: Chris is offering his services to bowls clubs as a manager or coordinator (see ad on this page) and one thing is for sure, you have proof that he knows all about Australian bowls clubs! BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND AUGUST 2016 11

Aero Bowls Congratulations to Syd Clarke from Coolum Beach who won a new set of Z-Scoop Aero Bowls! Syd is a member of the Coolum Beach Bowls Club. Here’s Syd in action with his new bowls.

Running a Bowls Shop Running a retail bowls shop can be a very rewarding experience. It will be, provided one adheres to the very basic principles involved in the running of any business. On the face of it, one assumes that it is the easiest of businesses to operate. Well, it seems from what Walter Jacobs CEO of Aero says, it is a very demanding business.

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“Running a bowls shop requires total dedication, lots of capital so one can stock a full range of product, detailed knowledge of every product available to bowlers, and staff that are dedicated to making the shop a success," Mr Jacobs said.

“One thing is for certain the customer will leave with more knowledge than they came in with,” Mr Jacobs said.

“Our shop in Burleigh is the largest bowls shops in the world and as such carries a vast array of stock to satisfy the bowling public.”

“At the shop we have a purpose built ramp so bowlers can test the bowls. Geoff trades bowls so bring in your current set and leave with an Aero set and join the world’s best bowlers”.

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Knowledge is the other thing required and one cannot do better than Geoff Maskell and Kelvin Kerkow who both know everything a bowler needs to know when choosing a set of bowls. Kelvin and Geoff advise many customers on size, grip and model and will assist with delivery, weight and grass control and if requested on tactics.

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Snippets After almost 40 years, the Springwood Bowls Club has shut down the green. However, the club’s management team are working on ways for bowlers to still play locally.

BREEANNA Dickson is the first female to represent South Australia in the Adelaide Endurance squad for the Australian Premier League at Pine Rivers, Queensland, from November 8-11.

MAGNETIC MAG IC on Magnetic Island: The Tw entieth Magnetic Magic Weekend of Bo wls will be held fr om 7th to 9th Octob er. It has been du bbed ‘MM20’. There is a full field of 16 teams nominated for MM20 and a nu mber of new initiatives this year.

The 54th Sunshine Coast Winter Bowls Carnival attracted 1,300 players, which was its highest number of competitors ever.

More than 13,000 people are expected to take part in the “Golden Oldies” sporting competition in Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2018. If you’re aged over 35 (!) then you qualify to be one of the bowling “Golden Oldies”.

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A new cruise ship being launched by P&O next year will boast a secret weapon no other superliner can offer — a lawn bowls green. Pacific Explorer will be unveiled next June with a number of new features designed especially for the Australian market.

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Leading club for events June was an extremely busy month for the club. Numerous events such as the Australia Vs Scotland test match, Blue Diamond Pairs and the Australian Open. These events have helped us establish ourselves as the leading bowl’s club for major events. The Australia Vs Scotland test was a success. The Blue Diamond was bigger and better than last year, and was won by Alex Marshall and Paul Foster from Scotland. The club’s social bowls calendar is very busy now with Tuesday and Thursday mornings almost filling all four greens. The afternoon social is picking up as we get more visitors. We now have one full green of social pairs on Saturday afternoons. On Monday, July 4, the club ran its first one-day tournament in the winter season, which had 50 teams and was well received. Upcoming tournaments include the Accommodation Over 60’s pairs and The Blue Ribbon in August is virtually full with only three entries left.

Australian Open Thank you to all the volunteers who helped in varied roles such as helping out on the greens, marking, sending in results and everything else that made the Australian Open run smoothly. The club had a successful Australian Open campaign. Chloe Stewart skippered her team to the Fours title. Julie Keegan made the pairs semi-final with Dee Robertson making the prestigious singles final. The club won best performing club for the tournament. By Ryan Bester Bowls Co-ordinator


Australian Open 2016 2016 CHAMPIONS     Men’s singles:

Aron Sherriff (NSW)

Women’s singles:

Natasha Scott (NSW)

Men’s pairs:

Steven Dennis (SA) and Nathan Pedersen (NSW)

Women’s pairs:

Anne Johns (NSW) and Rebecca Van Asch (TAS)

Men’s fours:

Steven Dennis (SA), Nathan Pedersen (NSW), Wayne Ruediger (SA) and Scott Thulborn (SA)

Women’s fours:

Tiffany Brodie (VIC), Amelia Bruggy (VIC), Georgia White (QLD), Chloe Stewart (QLD)

Under-18 boys’ singles:

Jono Davis (NSW)

Under-18 girls’ singles:

Tiffany Brodie (VIC)

Over 60’s men’s pairs:

Colin Lowery (NZ) and Peter Belliss (NZ)

Over 60’s women’s pairs:

Faye Luke (SA) and Therese Hastings (WA)

Physical disability men’s singles:

Josh Barry (VIC)

Physical disability women’s Carolyn Crawford (NZ) singles: Multi-disability pairs:

Nathan Appleton (QLD) and Josh Barry (VIC)

Vision impaired men’s singles:

Carl Fountain (UK)

Vision impaired women’s singles:

Lynne Seymour (QLD)

Vision impaired mixed pairs:

Chris Backstrom (QLD) and Jake Fehlberg (QLD)

Hearing impaired mixed singles:

Barry Lynne (QLD)

Intellectual disability mixed singles:

Nathan Appleton (QLD)

Photos - Top to bottom: Steve Halmai caught up with friend Peter Belliss at Paradise Point; Ivan Kerkow father of Kelvin; Anne Dunwoodie (from Taylor Bowls in Scotland)


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Open Men’s Singles

Neville Wood Bradley on Over 60’s pairs at Paradise Point

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Recruitment Challenges beaten by UK Bowls Club What can Australian clubs learn from this? We know that lawn bowls is a highly competitive game of skill, with multiple benefits to players such as social interaction and exercise. However, with club members dwindling and lawn bowls seen primarily as a sport for “old people”, clubs from all over the world are looking for various strategies to increase their membership. Playing Director Julie Woods from Worthing Pavilion Bowls Club in the UK has agreed to share some of the strategies their club adopted to address the problem of declining membership and getting enough players for already arranged matches. "I’d like to tell you about how my local club has tackled the issue of membership. One of the Directors took charge and decided a very proactive campaign had to be waged. It started with members delivering leaflets about the club in the surrounding area - initially to the houses and flats nearby but later to places further afield. People who normally would not have heard or noticed the club were made aware of it and invited to drop by and/or come to an Open Day (a couple of these had been organised). On the Open Days plenty of members were on hand to chat to visitors, offer refreshments and invite them to try their hand at bowling on the indoor rinks. The atmosphere was friendly and encouraging and many signed up for a coaching course. These numbers were swelled by the club attending local Sports & Leisure exhibitions in the town centre and by reaching out to people. Having initially got people through the door, the whole campaign would have faltered without the great team of coaches whose bowling experience, enthusiasm, friendliness and patience encouraged everyone to complete the training course and join the club. Over 90 new members joined our club in less than twelve months and, most importantly, new recruits continue to come along. I have to say I’m quite envious of the care given to the new members - it’s not a case of ‘sink or swim’. Several follow up training sessions were organised to 18 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND AUGUST 2016

enhance and develop their skills, such as Marking Evenings, Friendly Bowls, Improvement Sessions and A Refresher for Outdoor Bowling. Good links were established between the club and the local bowls shops. This helped ensure that new members got good advice and support when purchasing bowls and equipment and I know they appreciated it. Approaches were made through the shop to manufacturers to arrange for a range of suitable demonstration woods to be made available for training sessions, so new bowlers could try different models and sizes and be better informed when buying their own bowls. Looking to the future, overtures have also been made to encourage junior membership. Links have been established with local scout groups, high schools and primary schools. The scouts and students from one of the high schools have each had a couple of Fun Days organised by the Director and Coaches and feedback has been very positive - many were surprised at how much they enjoyed it! At present, several small groups of primary school pupils are attending Fun Days organised for them by the club. It would be wrong to suggest lots of youngsters are now going to be rushing through the door, impatient to join, but attitudes are being changed by these events and barriers continue to be broken down. Success has been achieved through sheer hard work with promotions and coaching. It has taken a lot of time and effort from everyone involved but it does show that you can make a difference!"

Editor’s comment: Thank you for your advice Julie. Bowls Plus readers, do you have anything further to add to Julie’s suggestions? Have you had success with some recruitment strategies? Would you share them with other clubs? If so, please email the editor on editor@bowlsplusqld.com.au with your ideas.

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Health News with Dr Andrew Letchford – Orthopaedic Surgeon As we age, parts of our body often start causing issues that require further investigation. Hips and knees are often high up on the list of problems people face with their health. Dr Letchford, one of the South East Queensland’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, spoke with Bowls Plus and answered some commonly asked questions. Q: When is the right time to see a specialist about my hips and knees? A: The main indication as to when you should see a specialist is when your everyday life and activities are impacted by your general mobility. Another clear indication is when your pain levels are no longer being managed by general nonprescription medication such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatories. Q: Typically, hip and knee problems are associated with older people. Is this your experience? A: It is correct that joint degeneration both of hip and knees is a problem that comes with old age, but I am also seeing quite a few younger patients due to greater general focus on exercise to improve health. Q: What are the most common conditions you see in patients? A: The most common complaints that I see on a daily basis are hip and knee arthritic pain and knee injuries. I also deal with a large number of trauma cases from private emergency departments, with Neck of Femur (NOFs) and sport fractures being the most common. Q: What advice would you most offer to patients? A: Keep fit! Find something that suits your lifestyle, you enjoy and be consistent with it. Should you ultimately be forced to decide on surgery, then the best thing you can do for yourself, your surgeon, anaesthetist and rehab team is to be in the best physical shape you can.

In this issue, Dr Letchford discusses what hip replacement surgery involves: What does hip replacement surgery involve? While every patient and operation is different, the general procedure for a hip replacement takes a few hours and will follow this general outline:

patients. If you suffer from additional conditions, I will work with you to determine whether your system is robust enough for an operation.

• You will be given either general anaesthesia (put to sleep), spinal (waist down) or local (only one area) based on the anaesthetist’s recommendation.

You can rest assured that everything possible will be done to minimise the possibility of complications or side effects developing.

• An incision is made over the hip, buttock or thigh area. • Some muscles and ligaments are separated or temporarily detached to expose the pelvis and hip joint. • The head of the femur (ball) is either re-lined with metal or replaced with a prosthetic stem and ball. Special cement may be used to ensure solid attachment. • The acetabulum (socket) is re-lined with a metal, plastic or ceramic prosthesis. • The hip surgeon will test the physical motion of the new hip joint. • The new joint is smoothed flush with the existing bone structure. • The whole area is re-constructed and closed up. A drain may be inserted to remove fluid build-up. How long will I be in hospital? Usually between 3 and 7 days. How long will it take for me to recover? You can usually walk with a stick within two weeks, and unaided by six weeks. Are there any risks or complications? Fortunately, hip replacement surgery has a low rate of severe complications in healthy

Dr Letchford firmly believes in providing an holistic approach to his patients. Surgery can often be an uncertain and traumatic experience irrespective of age, and Dr Letchford and his staff strive to ensure that all questions and queries are answered promptly and succinctly to ensure minimum stress to the patient and their family. Dr Letchford specialises in arthroplasty (joint replacement), knee reconstructions, sporting injuries, and acute orthopaedic trauma. He implements modern, resultfocused treatments and is a strong advocate of providing a private call trauma service for patients and GPs. Dr Letchford currently operates out of Pindara, the New Gold Coast Private Hospital (formerly Allamanda), and the Gold Coast Surgical Hospital located at Varsity Lakes, which has robotic-assisted surgery for hips and knees. He consults at his rooms located at Pacific Private Clinic Southport.

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The Lawman’s collection now on display in Mudgeeraba It took 20 years of total dedication for Alan “The Lawman” Law to fulfil his dream of building a sports museum that the whole world could share and appreciate. 20 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND AUGUST 2016

His collection is vast and covers all sports from around the world. Some of his memorabilia collection can be viewed at no cost at Surfers Paradise RSL. In the coming months, Mudgeeraba Bowls Club will house more of Alan’s collection of bowling memorabilia (as well as other sports) and the collection will be available for viewing at no cost. Alan is a self-confessed sports tragic. Born in Wigan and marrying a St Helens’ girl… as one would expect… Rugby League was a passion and continues today to be his favourite spectator sport. But, in the late 60s, after being enticed by his future father-in-law, Jack Walker, to “have a go” at playing crown green bowls, he found himself well and truly hooked!

The early 70s saw Alan playing Crown Green Bowls at the Black Bull Hotel in St Helens, and greens in and around St Helens and Wigan. After coming to Australia in 1974, and not a crown green in sight, Alan thought he would give “flat green bowls a go”. Wham! Hooked again! Based in Melbourne, his spare time in those days were spent playing pennant and bowling tournaments in Victoria, NSW and Queensland Gold Coast Tournaments. His rep history is limited to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. However, prior to moving to Queensland in the early 90s, as a Group Representative skipper in Group 11, he saw his team go through the series undefeated. During the same time period, Alan reached 19 finals in events, winning nine of them, and received a pat on the shoulder from many of the State Selectors ­­only to be overlooked. Just a few of Alan’s achievements include Gold Coast Club Champion of Champions, Bribie Island Singles, Victorian Master Pairs Champion a couple of times, and many club and district championships. In those early days, bowls was not a very exciting spectator sport, with difficulty telling who played with whom and whose bowl was closest to the jack. Alan has long been an exponent of pushing the establishment to “Make a change and get out of the Dark Ages”. Fast forward to 1985, he published a full coloured bowls magazine “Bowls Australia” and formed the Australian Lawn Bowls Players Association. All geared to changing the game for the better. Whilst he concedes he was born before his time, he believes that, what little he did back then set the foundation for what we see today - colour, excitement, youth, TV events and more money events than ever. Gone are the days playing for chooks. Professionalism has well and truly arrived.

Visit the Mudgeeraba Bowls Club to see Alan’s remarkable collection of lawn bowling memorabilia (and more!). Alan with son



Processed meats The World Health Organization (WHO) says they cause cancer but are they all that bad? In October last year several media reports claimed the WHO had declared eating bacon and other processed meats as dangerous to our health as tobacco smoking. Many of these reports were alarmist and didn’t clearly explain the increased risk of eating processed meat. So what is the full story?

What did the WHO report say? The report was released by the International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the WHO. The report said there were enough scientific studies to include processed meats as Group 1 carcinogens due to their link with bowel cancer. The report looked at evidence from approximately 1000 previous studies.

What are processed meats? Processed meats are those that are transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking or the addition of preservatives. Examples include bacon, ham, hot dogs, salami, frankfurters, corned beef, South African biltong, beef jerky, canned meat and some sausages. Sausages, hamburger patties and minced meat are only considered processed meats if they have been preserved with salt or chemical additives.

Are processed meats as dangerous as smoking? While processed meats are placed in the same Group 1 category as tobacco smoking it does not mean that they are as dangerous. The categories are based on the strength of scientific evidence, not the level of risk. Other carcinogens included in Group 1 are asbestos, outdoor air pollution, ultraviolet radiation (UV), alcohol and hormonal contraceptives. To put it into perspective, people with a high consumption of processed meats are 1.3 times more likely to develop cancer compared to 20 times more likely for a smoker.

What is the increased cancer risk of processed meat? The report identified that each 50 gram (g) portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of bowel cancer by 18 per cent. This quantity of processed meat is approximately one hot dog or one middle rasher of bacon. The risk increases with the amount of processed meat consumed so if you eat 100 g the risk of bowel cancer increases by 36 per cent. The 18 per cent increase does not mean that you have a 18 per cent chance of getting bowel cancer, but that your risk is 1.18 times higher than that of a person who does not eat processed meat. It is expected that there will be more than 17000 new cases of bowel cancer diagnosed in Australia this year.

Why do processed meats increase the risk of cancer? The reason that processed meats increase the risk of cancer is not completely clear. It may be the chemicals involved in the processing of the meat (e.g., nitrites), high salt/saturated fat content or chemical changes that occur during the cooking process. Most likely it is a 22 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND AUGUST 2016

Tips for reducing processed meat consumption Replace deli meats in sandwiches with tinned tuna, salmon or egg. For those who enjoy a cooked breakfast, swap some bacon and/or sausages for extra tomatoes or mushrooms. Poach a chicken breast and use slices in place of deli meats on pizza and in sandwiches. Swap a BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) for an ALT (avocado, lettuce, tomato). Swap a hot dog to a felafel on pita bread with hummus, tabouli and salad. combination of these factors. It might also be that if you are eating a lot of processed meat you are eating less vegetables and grains which are protective against cancer.

Are processed meats without added nitrites any better? Most processed meats use a synthetic form of nitrite for preservation purposes. However, many organic processed meats, in particular ham and bacon, use a natural preservative, usually in the form of celery powder or celery juice. However, celery powder and juice are high in a natural form of nitrite. Therefore, the level of nitrites is very similar in both the organic and non-organic products.

What should people do with this information? The Australian Dietary Guidelines place processed meats in the discretionary category, alongside items like soft drinks, biscuits, chocolate, chips, lollies and alcohol. This means they should only be consumed sometimes and in small amounts. It is important for people to remember that there are other lifestyle risk factors for bowel cancer including smoking, alcohol consumption, being overweight or obese, being physically inactive, and having a diet low in dietary fibre. Article written by Kirsten Braun from Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc., a not for profit, health promotion, information and education service for women and health professionals throughout Queensland. Visit www.womhealth.org.au for further information.


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New Regional Bowls Managers to commence in QLD The Bowls Australia Regional Bowls Manager Program is expanding with a further three staff members employed to commence their service to bowling clubs in Queensland and Western Australia. The program will go from strength to strength with more Bowls Australia staff out in the field, visiting thousands of clubs and schools, building strong working relationships with clubs and helping to grow the grassroots of the game along the way.  Peter Nixon, a previous Regional Bowls Manager in Western Victoria who earned the inaugural Regional Bowls Manager of the Year Award at the 2014 Bowls Australia Hall of Fame and Awards Night, will join the team again when he commences his role in the Sunshine Coast to Hervey Bay region.  Nixon spent 23 years in the RAAF Logistics Branch and also held positions as Bowls

Coach and Bowls Coordinator at Werribee, Ocean Grove and Moama Bowling Clubs in Victoria. His experience as a Regional Bowls Manager in Victoria and his involvement with the sport of bowls will ensure Nixon can jump straight back into the role helping clubs and their committees in his new region grow the sport. Paul Jackson will commence his role in Townsville after relocating from Geelong, perhaps chasing some sunshine, in order to take up this position with Bowls Australia, in conjunction with Bowls Queensland.  Jackson was most recently a Club Development and Bar Manager at the Highton Bowling Club in Victoria’s popular bowls region Geelong, a club he also bowled for.  Jackson previously held a similar role at the South Bendigo Bowling Club and prior to his involvement in our sport, Jackson brings to the role 26 years of service to the ANZ bank in a variety of management positions.

Three new Regional Bowls Managers commence their roles in Queensland and West ern Australia. Photo by Bowls Australia

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A story about WW2 nurse Nesta Summerhayes Nesta Summerhayes (nee Mackey) was born in Hobart, Tasmania. Already a trained nursing sister, she joined the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC) in April 1952. Working initially in a camp hospital in Australia, Nesta arrived in Japan in November 1953, where she worked as a nursing sister at the British Commonwealth General Hospital (BCGH) in Kure. This was the main base hospital for British Commonwealth casualties during the Korean War and in the postarmistice period. Between February and May 1954 Nesta served at the British Commonwealth Communications Zone Medical Unit (BCCZMU) in Seoul, Korea. Although casualties at the BCCZMU were reduced after the armistice period, medical staff remained busy tending to casualties who suffered illnesses such as frostbite, caused by the freezing Korean winter. Many patients also suffered burns from the kerosene heaters they used in their tents to keep warm. After serving in Korea, Nesta returned to Japan, again working at the BCGH in Kure. Between February and May 1955 Nesta worked as Senior Sister at the Casualty Dressing Station in Tokyo, for the most part caring for soldiers on recreational leave. On her return to Australia in July 1955, Nesta continued her career in the RAANC, working at a military hospital in Brighton. In April 1957, with her initial period of engagement complete, Nesta discharged from the RAANC. She continued her civilian nursing career working at Launceston General Hospital in Accident and Emergency, then at St Luke’s Hospital and continued on in varied arms of the profession until her retirement in 1991. A nursing sister of the Royal Australian Nursing Corps (third from left) assists her British and Canadian colleagues to operate on a Korean War casualty at the British Commonwealth Hospital in Kure, Japan, June 1952.


From: 100 Years of ANZAC anzacportal.dva.gov.au Images from the Nesta Summerhayes collection Reprinted with permission from the Department of Veterans Affairs



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Good nutrition at every life stage According to the Dietitians Association of Australia, a staggering 30 to 40 per cent of older Australians are either experiencing or at risk of malnutrition; a figure that Aveo Retirement Living says is unacceptable. In the absence of industry standards, Aveo is the country’s first retirement village network to proactively introduce a national nutritional standard across its entire restaurant and catering services. National Food Services Manager, John Casey, is committed to educating retirees on the importance of good nutrition through the food provided in Aveo’s restaurants and by delivering educational cooking classes and workshops to residents.

“Very few people realise that their dietary requirements change with age and as a result nal they could be unknowingly Cooking demonstration by Aveo’s Natio ree Hill Food Manager John Casey at Oakt lacking in important nutrients Open Day or not reaching their recommended calorie intake,” Mr Casey said. “Surprisingly, the recommended intake of a number of nutrients is greater for older people than for younger generations. Retirees should be mindful of eating a variety of foods including a mix of protein-rich foods such as eggs, lean meats, fish and legumes, dairy foods, fruits, vegetables, and wholegrains.” While providing nutritionally balanced and nourishing food is a top priority for Aveo, Mr Casey said reinvigorating a sense of social engagement and lust for life through food was of equal importance.

Dining experience at Aveo


John Casey shares five of his top-tips for people over 65 to boost their nutrient intake and revive their taste buds to live longer, stronger, and healthier lives. 1. Eat at least three meals a day: As we get older we often need fewer kilojoules because we are less active than when we were younger. However, we still need a similar amount of nutrients, sometimes more, which is why it can be difficult to get all the nutrients you need if your food portions are too small. Have at least three daily meals, 2 -3 healthy snacks in-between meals and keep an eye on any weight changes you experience. Depending how active you are, your dietary requirements may vary – be sure to speak to a professional to assess if your current diet suits your lifestyle needs. 2. Watch your appetite and weight: While we often hear about the benefits of losing weight, weight loss is generally not recommended as we age. So if you find that your appetite is declining and your weight is dropping it might be time to seek the advice from your doctor and dietitian. 3. Share mealtimes with friends or family: Research shows that people who eat with others are more likely to eat regularly and eat well than those who dine alone. A great way to reinvigorate your love for food is to join friends or family at mealtimes and make it a social occasion. Set a regular night to dine in a restaurant, share a meal with a neighbour, or invite family or friends over to cook with you once a week. 4. Plan ahead: Many people struggle to cook for one person,

especially if they are used to cooking for two people or an entire family. The good news is that you don’t need to give up your favourite classic dishes – just plan ahead or opt for healthy meal delivery services. To help, try writing a list of what you need before you head to the shops, and prepare healthy meals that you can keep on-hand in the freezer. Many meals, such as casseroles and hearty soups freeze well. Place them in single portions in either small containers or freezer bags, making sure to label and date the food. Aveo recently launched a healthy meal delivery service called Nutrition Select which is being rolled out to villages across the country, allowing residents to order freshly cooked chef-inspired meals delivered to their door. Interestingly, classics such as roasts are proving the most popular.

5. Stay active: As well as eating healthy, ensure you’re getting enough exercise. Not only is exercise a great social activity and way to make new friends, but it can also be used as a way to unwind or recharge – not to mention increasing your appetite. Walking, swimming, and yoga are all great, low-impact activities.

The retirement lifestyle you deserve

Life in an Aveo community is everything you could ever want in your retirement. A vibrant social life, a strong community, wonderful support and care, plus more than enough activities to enjoy with like minded residents. Our communities feature contemporary, well-appointed homes that are designed for a wide variety of requirements and needs. They’re the perfect place for you to call home and welcome your family and friends at any time. Each community boasts onsite recreation spaces including bowling greens, swimming pools and gyms, as well as convenient access to many local facilities. It’s the people who make Aveo retirement villages truly special. Your new neighbours are always eager to make new friends, try out new things and find new ways to have fun all at your own pace. Look around any of our retirement villages and you will see a spirit of friendship, independence and support not found anywhere else. Book a village tour to experience how wonderful life is in an Aveo community.

Call now on 13 28 36 or visit aveo.com.au


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TRILL also contains NUTRIVIT ™ Seeds alone won’t provide your bird with a complete diet. So TRILL contains a uniquely formulated multivitamin supplement called NUTRIVIT that combines Vitamins A, B group, C, D3 & E plus Calcium and Iodine.

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