From the first green laid at Mr Lipscombe’s Beach Tavern at Sandy Bay in Tasmania way back in 1874, lawn bowls is now one of the biggest participation sports in Australia.
And its popularity increases each year.
Why not? It’s suitable for all ages and genders, fun to play and even more fun to watch. And it’s a sport to enjoy with a drink in hand or at a world-class level.
It promotes an active, healthy life and encourages movement. It’s accessible – in fact, every council area in Australia is legally bound to provide a lawn bowls green for the community.
And it’s this link to the community that represents an important Apia core value: helping Australians enjoy longer, happier and healthier lives as they move from ‘work stage’ to ‘life stage’ and the freedom to do the things they love – COVID pending, of course.
Barrie Lester is one of the most accomplished representatives of Bowls Australia. Since making his debut in 2006, he has notched up 195 international appearances, including multiple Commonwealth Games, the 2016 World Bowls Championships and the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships.
The 2016/17 Australian male bowler of the year will represent the Australian Jackaroos once again at the World Bowls Championships in 2021.
And Apia has partnered with Bowls Australia to encourage you to get set and perfect your lawn bowls skills – or to at least give it a try – with techniques and trade secrets that encourage living a healthier life.
This series of top tips takes you through all things lawn bowls, from warming up and training to a day in the life of a top class bowler.
But why wonder when you can watch these fun, informative videos and buff up your bowls skills or be inspired to get set and go bowling?
Warm up like a Jackaroo
Train like a Jackaroo
Preparing for competition
The life of a full-time bowler
Apia isn’t just about insurance. It’s a brand committed to exploring the possibilities and helping you set yourself up to make the most of your retirement and live life to the fullest.
Watch your inbox on Sunday for an exclusive interview with Barrie Lester, who raps with the YourLifeChoices podcast crew about bowls and why you should get out and give it a go.
Do you enjoy lawn bowls? What tips would you like from Barrie?
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