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Bolt Tour Helps to Champion Bowls in Northamptonshire

Posted: Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:00

Bolt Tour Helps to Champion Bowls in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire benefitted from the legacy of the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last week when Team England lawn bowls player David Bolt who won a bronze medal in the men's fours event at the Games visited the county.

Bolt went on a tour of local schools and bowls clubs using the power of his much coveted medal to help inspire people of all ages to play the sport.

It started with an assembly at Falconer's Hill Academy in Daventry where the students were enthralled to hear about David's experience in Australia and some of them (pictured) were lucky enough to have their photo taken with him.

The tour then moved on to Daventry Community Centre where members of the short mat bowls club got the opportunity to see Bolt's medal winning skills in action. The group meet every Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-11:30am and would always welcome more bowlers.

Then on Tuesday afternoon David moved on to Whyte Melville Outdoor Bowls Club in Moulton for the launch of new free beginner coaching sessions. The unseasonable weather failed to dampen the spirits of everyone who took part as they moved the session in to the clubhouse and enjoyed a game of short mat target bowls.

The first day of the tour then concluded with a visit to Daventry Town Bowls Club where David played his first ever game of Short Mat Bowls against Northamptonshire's Edward Sawbridge. He is the number 6 ranked player on the national Short Mat Players Tour and a National triples/fours winner.

The tour then resumed on Friday when Bolt paid a visit to Desborough Indoor Bowls Club where he joined in a regular session that's attended by people with a range of disabilities and sensory impairments showing what a highly inclusive sport it is.

He then went to Daventry Indoor Bowls Club where the tour concluded with a number of different events. David firstly helped to inspire some potential stars of the future with a free coaching session for junior players.

This was then followed by a coaching session for older players before Daventry's MP Chris Heaton-Harris launched an Evening of Bowls which offered a chance for visitors to try the sport, play fun games, and even take part in a bowls world record attempt.

The event was organised by Mark Courtney of Bowls Daventry, an initiative to promote the sport of bowls in Daventry District and beyond. For more information about any of these events, or how to get involved in Bowls visit the Bowls Daventry website and contact Mark Courtney on 07714 290828/07767 457063.

Tags: Bowls, Disability Sport, Featured

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