New children’s bowling program Bowl Patrol will soon be rolled out at Sunset Superbowl Toowoomba thanks to a grant of $8375 to purchase equipment. Bowl Patrol will be a national junior tenpin bowling program designed specifically for primary school children.

Toowoomba Tenpin Inc president Nathan Stein explained that Bowl Patrol will be a modified version of tenpin bowling to introduce kids to the game. “We will roll out carpet and the kids can learn to bowl from three-quarters down the lane,” he said. “As they get better, they move further back. It’s a great way to make learning to bowl fun without using bumpers and without all the balls going in the gutter.”

Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki MP congratulated the club on using their grant to promote their sport to children. “It’s great to see a club being proactive and getting kids like Blake, Cody and Shannon involved in their sport,” Mr Janetzki said.

A total of nine organisations in Toowoomba South received grants totalling almost $185,000 in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Nathan said the Toowoomba Tenpin would also implement the Roll ‘n’ Strike tenpin bowling programs in schools across the Darling Downs and for accreditation of extra volunteers needed to run the new programs. “We have a great club. Our youngest members are kids as young as three through to our oldest league bowler who is in his late 80s,” Nathan said. “In Australia bowling is a very small sport so there is a bit of a struggle to get it recognised as a sport rather than just a recreational activity,” he said.

The Walker triplets Blake, Cody and Shannon said they liked bowling because it was “fun, enjoyable and you get to knock stuff down”.

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