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The grass couldn’t be greener thanks to the GC2018 Sports Assets Legacy program

Bowls Queensland is among hundreds of sports organisations, clubs, community groups and schools to reap the rewards of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Through the GC2018 Sports Assets Legacy program, Bowls Queensland will share in more than 20,000 items of sports equipment and assets from the once-in-a-lifetime event.

GC2018 competitor and Bowls Queensland CEO Brett Wilkie said the equipment they receive from the GC2018 Sports Assets Program will help to accommodate the increasing popularity in the sport.

“Thanks to the program we will receive umpires equipment, playing equipment along with much needed club equipment,” Mr Wilkie said.

“In Queensland we have 310 clubs and more than 31,000 players. This equipment will help to facilitate a number of coaching and training courses so that our clubs can benefit state-wide. 

“We also hope to identify some less advantaged clubs and ensure they have equipment to see future success.

“We have a number of large events for this calendar year including the State District Sides Championships and State Championships so this equipment will get a workout,” he said.

Mr Wilkie said the sport also benefitted from the increased profile of lawn bowls at GC2018.

“Lawn bowls received some really great coverage during GC2018 and in turn we have seen an increase in an interest in the sport from both bowlers and non-bowlers,” he said.

“I am a Commonwealth Games athlete, having competed in the last three Commonwealth Games. GC2018 was impressive - the facilities, the ambience and the inclusion of the para athletes was inspiring.

“I think it was wonderful that we were able to host the Games in Queensland, the exposure can only benefit the sport.”

Pictured: Commonwealth Games Bowlers Brett Wilkie and Tony Bonnell.