Covid paved way for Mosman Presidency election: Hole

by Val Febbo

The Mosman Bowling Club is situated in one of Sydney’s most picturesque spots, with the iconic Harbour Bridge to the right as look across the water towards the city’s iconic Circular Quay and its showpiece, the Opera House.

In September, the club broke new ground in its own history with the election of Jenny Hole as President, the first female in the position in the 119-years of existence.

Speaking on Bowls Australia’s ‘The Right Line’ podcast, Hole details how her husband adores cricket, a former fast bowler in fact, and her abundance of love for swimming, but they needed an activity to take on together.

After picking up the sport in the early Naughties, it was love at first roll for the pair.

“I joined the club in 2004, we were living overseas and we came back to Australia my husband started playing bowls because he’s a fast bowler and unfortunately after the age of 60 that’s pretty tough,” Hole said.

“He asked if I wanted to come to an open day, then I started having lessons and thought this is a good thing to do together.”

She admits that soon after becoming a bowler the club asked about joining committees, with her passion continuing to grow from there.

However, Hole was expecting to be travelling throughout 2020 and 2021, thus resigning from her duties with the board.

But with the pandemic came a fruitful opportunity.

“I’d been here for two seconds and found myself on the women’s committee and then I was Chair of Match, Women’s President and on the board for three years,” she said.

“I actually resigned from the board two years ago because we were going to do a whole heap of travelling and I didn’t think I should be on the board when I wasn’t going to be around, but Covid put pay to that.

“We’re not sure when that will all start up again so when I was approached and asked if I would consider running I just said yes!”

Hole is a woman of many talents, with her passion for the Mosman Bowling Club matched by her devotion for swimming, completing the famous ‘Triple Crown’ of ocean water swimming, including the Catalina Channel, English Channel and the Manhattan Island swim.

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