High school bowling programme to commence in June

Thursday 22 April 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Other Sports, Sports


High school bowling programme to commence in June

Cook Islands Bowls will run a development programme for high school students on Rarotonga, commencing in term two of this year.

The programme, beginning on June 21st will be part of the student’s sports and recreation classes and will be run on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays over one to two-hour periods, depending on the school and classes.

The invitation to participate in the programme has been sent to all high schools on the island and so far, Nukutere College and Titikaveka College have confirmed the participation of their Year 9-11 students.

Jason Lindsay will be leading the programme on behalf of Cook Islands Bowls as part of their strategic plan to expose and develop the sport of lawn bowls in the Cook Islands.

“It's a really exciting venture to be on and I’m so proud to be leading this and seeing it develop over the next couple of years,” Lindsay said.

The bowling programme will be based off the successful ‘Bowl’s Australia’ school programme but it will be customised to fit the Cook Islands. The students will be taught the basics of lawn bowls which include etiquette on the green, sportsmanship, and the playing of the game of bowls in general. They can also expect to cover topics such as nutrition, fitness, and mental strength regarding the game and how these topics fit into it. This means that they will alternate between practical and theory based learning to understand different aspects of physical fitness and how bowls can tie into that.

With the high school students coming on board to learn about the game of bowls, the hope is that eventually it will be possible to host an annual inter-school competition in which the game may gain more exposure.

Due to their good relationship with Bowls New Zealand, Cook Islands Bowls have already secured 10 places for five girls and five boys to be able to travel to New Zealand for the annual National Championships.

Lindsay said: “We hope to be able to send our first team within the next couple of years to New Zealand.”

This will be the first school bowling programme run in a while and is certainly something to look forward to for both present and future bowl players.