Christine Muller and Debbie O'Brien enjoy the opportunity.
Christine Muller and Debbie O'Brien enjoy the opportunity. Madeline Grace

South Burnett tenpin bowling team takes on state's best

A SOUTH Burnett bowling tenpin bowling team has taken on the state's best at the 2019 State Disability Championships in Caboolture.

The Kingaroy team competed in a singles event, a doubles event, and the team event and every bowler was involved.

 

Geoffrey Coleson, Ben Gregg, Lee Powell, and Andrew Swindale.
Geoffrey Coleson, Ben Gregg, Lee Powell, and Andrew Swindale. Madeline Grace

Endeavour Foundation volunteer and support worker Jodi Rahe has been heavily involved with the team and said she was proud of their efforts this year.

"In the competition they were also trying to qualify for masters while bowling, so that's the big singles event at the end of the championship," she said.

"One of our team members actually came third in the restricted masters overall and four of them set bowling records.

"Overall they all bowled very well and we were all proud of their efforts."

 

The Kingaroy team at the State Disability Championships in Bowling.
The Kingaroy team at the State Disability Championships in Bowling. Jodie Rahe

Competing in the championships provided a fun weekend away for the team, as they were able to meet other like-minded bowlers.

Ms Rahe said the weekend was a highlight of her time working with the team.

"I've been volunteering with the Endeavour league for the past year," she said.

"We've all made a lot of friends and memories through the experience. They bowled very well.

"It's a really great group for them and I don't think they'd be socialising like this without the team. Without this they'd just be sitting at home doing nothing."

 

Brendan Burjes sends one down.
Brendan Burjes sends one down. Madeline Grace

The bowling team was formed nearly two years ago and is made up of nearly 30 disabled South Burnett residents.

The team meets at the Kingaroy Tenpin Bowl every Wednesday afternoon about 3pm.

They have an early dinner at 3.15pm and then bowl until 6.30pm.

 

Ben Gregg on a roll.
Ben Gregg on a roll. Madeline Grace

"It's great for them to have an activity like this where they can have routine and socialising while they're also being physically active and healthy," Ms Rahe said.

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