“Thanks, Carolyn” – Gold Coast Tweed
20 years organising Winter Bowls Carnival Carolyn Bowhay has organized the mammoth Gold Coast Tweed Winter Bowls Carnival for the past 20 years.
As she prepares to take final nominations this week for the 64th annual carnival, she is also celebrating her own milestone with the district.
“I never get tired of organizing the Winter Carnival, I love it,” Carolyn said.
“I love helping the clubs when they ring and I get to speak to many of the bowlers we host each year.”
The Winter Bowls Carnival is not as huge as when Carolyn first started but it is still a landmark tournament on the Queensland calendar, attracting more than 1000 bowlers each year from around the state and inter-state.
Nominations for the 2013 carnival, to be held from July 4-20, close this Friday June 7.
Carolyn started out in a part time capacity with Gold Coast Tweed District Bowls (based in Township Drive, West Burleigh) in May 1993 when Noel Smith was president.
She’s now supporting her 12th president in 20 years, Chas Turner.
Carolyn is not a bowler herself but a keen supporter over her 20 years as an administrator.
“The biggest change I’ve noticed is the burst of colour on the greens, it used to be strictly whites, I think it’s great, it makes the sport look more modern,” Carolyn said.
It’s a busy week for Carolyn as she celebrates her 20 years in the district and finalizes nominations and the draw and produces the Winter Carnival booklet.
“I’ve just turned 60 and they asked me if was I thinking of retiring but I love doing my job so I’m not ready yet,” Carolyn said.