While it may not be the headlining sport on ESPN’s nightly edition of Sportcentre, Lawn Bowling is picking up in popularity around the country including here in Brandon.
On Wednesday, June 6th, the Wheat City Lawn Bowling Club (WCLBC) is hosting an Open House, hoping to attract some new players!
“For some reason in Manitoba, people are under the misconception that lawn bowling is for older people,” said Club President Kathy Foley. “This is not true. Lawn bowling is an inter-generational sport just like curling and is suitable for anyone 10 years of age and older.”
The WCLBC offers instruction and equipment to newcomers and is available nightly all summer long. Games run Monday to Thursday at 6:40 p.m and teams are randomly chosen from those who show up. While most players are members of the club, walk-ons are encouraged with the first night being free of charge!
“Last year the Wheat City Lawn Bowling Club introduced an exciting new Women’s League on Monday mornings throughout the summer,” added Foley. “It is for any women who would like to get outdoors and be more active while meeting other women. This year it starts on June 4 at 10:15 a.m. and women are welcome to come for as many Mondays that suit them during the summer months.”
The Open House will run from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and will offer lessons, demonstrations and a chance for curious newcomers to ask questions.
“The Wheat City Lawn Bowling Club offers a great place to meet people and enjoy friendly competition and social events,” said Foley. “The facility is also available for rent for wind-ups and other social events. This summer come out and join us on the greens in the beautiful Rideau Park.”