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Chance to meet Commonwealth Games bowls medallist Bolt at District events

Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:45

Chance to meet Commonwealth Games bowls medallist Bolt at District events

A medal-winning member of England's Commonwealth Games team will be the special guest at a series of events in Daventry District starting today to inspire the next generation of bowls players.

David Bolt, a member of the lawn bowls men's fours who won bronze on the Gold Coast, will visit bowls clubs and schools in Daventry as part of activities supported by Northamptonshire Sport and Bowls Daventry.

'Bolty', as he is known within the sport, overcame disappointment in the triples competition at this month's Games as a member of the England fours side that beat Wales 15-9 to claim a place on the podium.

Back on home turf, David will take part in a number of initiatives in Daventry District to promote bowls and support the work at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club to develop its new junior bowls section, including the offer of free coaching for juniors.

The tour starts today 24th April with a visit to Daventry Community Centre Short Mat Club during one of their regular Tuesday sessions, which run from 9.30-11.30am. David will then head to the Whyte Melville Outdoor Bowls Club in Moulton between 3-5pm for the launch of new free beginner coaching sessions.

The day will conclude with a visit to Daventry Town Bowls Club, off Western Avenue, when David will play his first ever game of Short Mat Bowls against Northamptonshire's Edward Sawbridge, the number 6 ranked player on the national Short Mat Players Tour and a National & British Isles triples and fours winner.

Then on Friday 27 April, David will attend a disability bowls session at Desborough Indoor Bowls Club from midday, followed by a special event at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club, at Brown's Road.

The event will see David offer free coaching for juniors between 4.30pm and 6pm, followed by a coaching session for older players between 6pm and 7pm. Daventry's MP Chris Heaton-Harris will then launch an Evening of Bowls from 7pm to 9pm, offering a chance for visitors to try the sport, play fun games, and even take part in a bowls world record attempt.

The event has been organised by Mark Courtney of Bowls Daventry, an initiative to promote the sport of bowls in Daventry District and beyond. It follows a visit to Daventry by David and New Zealand carpet bowler Avon Compton in January.

For more information about 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, Club, Disability Sport, Featured, Schools

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