Normanton: persistence beats resistance
By Lesley Bates
When I first visited Justin Hancock and his committee a year ago, I was impressed by their energy and determination to put Normanton Bowls Club back on the map. The team wanted to make it a “must visit” on the Grey Nomads’ list of clubs where visitors could indulge in a social game of bowls and enjoy delicious food, cool refreshments and country hospitality.
The club was in excellent condition with grants being sourced from many avenues to keep the club well maintained. However, I despaired that they wouldn’t get funding for a new carpet for the four rink green, as the club had such a small membership base.
Justin’s dream of a new carpet was realised with help from Cathy Bawden, Ben Winter, Tracey Lord, Ken Fairbairn and funding from Alexi from the Department of Sports and Recreation in Cairns.
Bowls Australia gave the club the old style Junior Jack Attack Kit and wedge for use by local children which is well used.
Make sure you visit this hard working and determined community of bowlers if you are ever in the area.