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Club Helensvale Bowlers Visit Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Thanks to the great work the Children’s Hospital Foundation does, some of Club Helensvale elite bowlers and Harry the Hawk mascot were invited to visit the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital last week.

It was a wonderful chance to bring some cheer to the children at hospital and meet some inspiring kids and their families. The children were very enthused to meet actual Commonwealth Games medalists in person. Thank you to Nathan Rice, Mark Casey and Aron Sherriff for going along. The kids loved seeing them in their Australian Jackaroo uniforms and to get the chance to see and even touch real Commonwealth Games medals.

The guys had great fun with the kids handing out some small toys and running a lawn bowls workshop where the kids got a chance to have a go at playing lawn bowls and play with Commonwealth Games bowlers. Some of the talent the kids were displaying on the day means they will definitely be giving our guys a run for their money if they decide to ever take up lawn bowls competitively!

If you would like to read some about the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Club Helensvale’s support of them click here. 

Our home town is set to be on the world stage with the City of Gold Coast hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the 4th to 15th April. The excitement has been building and building as the Games venues and facilities have transformed the city.

Congratulations to the Australian Jackaroos who have been chosen to represent our country on the greens at the Games. We are thrilled to have three of our very own Helensvale Hawks as part of the team. Well done Nathan Rice and Brett Wilkie and the recent addition to the Club Helensvale stable of players, Aron Sherriff!

Our Club Helensvale bowlers are so excited to be part of the upcoming mega multi sport event which will be the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In bowls, there’s no bigger stage, and the thrill of being able to compete in front of a massive patriotic Aussie home crowd will be second to none.

It’s such an honour and privilege to wear the Green and Gold uniform in any sport at any event, but the Commonwealth Games is really something special. Unofficially known as ‘the friendly Games’, the spirit and sportsmanship on display amid the highest level of elite fierce competition is completely unique and ensure there’ll be memories to last a lifetime.

Our Helensvale bowlers have a rich history on the Games stage with our players bringing home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the Melbourne, Delhi, and Glasgow Games. Our team will be striving to add to that prestigious trophy cabinet and we’ll be cheering them on all the way.

The Gold Coast has become the mecca for Bowls across the Nation, during the games our backyard will be on show across the world to millions of people and we can’t wait to see it all unfold.  Make sure to keep an eye on our facebook page for updates during the Games!

We will have a fun party atmosphere at the Club during the Commonwealth Games with decorations, special promotions  and the bowls events live streamed up on the big TV screen, so make sure to come on in and cheer them on as they strive for gold.

Good luck to our amazing Aussie Hawks, you’ll do us proud – GO FOR GOLD!

 

The Bowls Premier League is one of the biggest and most exciting competitions with it’s lightning fast format and top Australian and New Zealand teams competing. BPL06 is just under two months away and the buzz is already starting to build across the country and within our local bowls community in anticipation of our calendars most colourful and exciting event.

Personally I’m so excited to be part of both another BPL event and our mighty Gold Coast Hawks franchise this year. I can’t wait to hit the greens with my great friends and two of the world’s best bowlers in Mark Casey and Brett Wilkie.

We’ve experienced success alongside each other at International, National, and State level, but are yet to team up together in the fun, fast paced BPL format. We have a unique bond, rivalled by no other franchise, which has been created over nearly 15 years of playing together in the Helensvale, Queensland, and Australian colours.

We know each others game styles really well, where our strengths lie, and what brings the best out in each other. I think we have such a great balance of consistency, flair, power, and presence that we will definitely be a force to be reckoned with this year.

We have such a great supporter base too, a sea of green and gold in the crowd, so that definitely helps when trying to get over the line in those crucially tight matches. It’s such a short sharp style of match play so every little advantage we can utilise will make a big impact when it comes to tasting ultimate success.

The competition is going to be fierce – the best of the best – but I believe 2017 really could be our best chance at obtaining that elusive BPL title.

Nathan Rice will be guiding us in the coach/mentor role, so no doubt we’ll be ready to roll – all guns blazing come opening day of play on the 14th November!

Author: Lynsey Clarke
Gold Coast Hawk,  Australian Team Captain, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist