BCiB Australian Jackaroos lend a helping hand on the Gold Coast

by Domenic Favata

With financial support from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Bowls Australia (BA) is placing more attention on the wellbeing of the BCiB Jackaroos to help them find the right balance between wellbeing, engagement activities outside of training/competition and the requirements of elite sport.

In the process, the BA High Performance team has implemented an Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement (AW&E) Framework.

The key focus areas include Career and Education, Mental Health, Conduct and Professionalism, Personal Development and Community Engagement.

Over the past few months, the BCiB Jackaroos have been working together to identify ways to engage with the community as a squad, that will enable them to contribute and maintain integral links with clubs and support grassroots while at the same time, fostering a stronger sense of team.

In the lead-in to the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships, the squad and support staff journeyed to both the Coolangatta and Mudgeeraba Bowling Clubs to lend a hand, from coaching, to painting boundary pegs and detailing the club courtesy bus.

The exercise was mutually beneficial to both the players and supported clubs, giving back to grassroots and reciprocating the work ethic these clubs, in particular, possess as vital cogs to the Australian Open and Asia Pacific Championships.