Ted Goodacre :

We learn how this natural entrepreneur took a wrong turn going home and it changed his life.  Ted also tells us about intricacies of lawn bowls, plus how anyone with a bit of drive can create a lasting legacy.

Ted is the last active foundation member of the Lismore Bowls Club, and in recent years has taken on the job of green-keeper.   He takes the game very seriously and is highly competitive.  Here he describes the game, the rules and traditions, the type of people involved, and strongly asserts that there are no performance enhancing drugs involved in the sport.

Like many activities, I suspect lawn bowls becomes more and more addictive the longer you are involved.  It is a game which can be played on simply a social level, or you can get involved in the pennant competition as your skills develop.  Ted confirmed that it is relatively inexpensive to get kitted out, and suits women and men of all ages and abilities, even those with minor disabilities.

If you think this is a sport which might interest you, either for its social aspect or as serious competitor he recommends visiting a local club and chatting with the members.

I searched “lawn bowls clubs Victoria” on the internet and came up many websites, including the following site which lists all the clubs. :  http://www.getagameofbowls.com/clubsearch.php?sta=3   The same site also lists the clubs in the other Australian States.

We also spoke about the Lions Club.  Lions is an international service club open to both men and women.  From my own experience I know that Lions’ become involved in some excellent projects ranging from providing specialist walking frames for disabled children, to cleaning up the roadsides of major highways.

You can find out more about Lions at this website. :  http://lionsclubs.org.au/

Leave a comment in the box below, or email me directly at :  henry@retiredexcited.com   I look forward to hearing from you.

Ted Goodacre : Winner Victorian Senior Citizen Of The Year 2014
Lismore Lions Club Coffee Stop Shelter

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