Werribee BC reaping rewards by embracing multicultural community

by Domenic Favata

In recent times, the Werribee Bowls Club in Melbourne’s west has emerged as one of Australia’s most proactive bowls clubs, leading the way on a number of fronts.

This led to the ‘The Hive’ being a finalist in the Bowls Australia 2018 Club of the Year, while the club’s Community, Events and Social Media Coordinator Rhonda Edwards has collected a number of individual accolades.

Rhonda has made vital contributions to the club’s sustainability, developing a number of community programs and leading a team of volunteers who have helped introduce more than 4,000 people to the sport in the last three years alone.

One of these programs has been to embrace the club’s local multicultural seniors, with the Wyndham Chinese Happy Life Association a small case-study of one of the club’s many recent successes.

The Wyndham Chinese Happy Life Association aim to bring Chinese and other community senior residents together to celebrate by singing, dancing, eating, performing Tai Chi and playing games.

A little over 12 months ago, the group first visited the club with no prior knowledge or experience with the sport.

A year on and having fallen in love with the sport and the club, the group are now weekly visitors to the club and several are social members.

Proof at what can actually happen when clubs and communities embrace one another.

To mark the occasion, Bowls Australia were invited down to the club to speak to the people involved.

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