Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club
NEW THIS YEAR
As of today, our oldest player is 98!
We’ve prepared new equipment for all seniors, including small bowls, lifters, and delivery aids that are all available for use upon request.
If you’re looking to come play with us then reach out and book an appointment, or find our playing times on our contact page!
The Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club is making changes to the game of lawn bowling. We’ve launched a new program called Senior Participation: Accessibility, Fitness, Social Inclusion. The new program brings flexible playing times and playing durations, aids for delivery, new attire, and more support for our seniors! With this program also comes free visits to our green so seniors can stay mentally and physically active.
With the second highest proportion of seniors amongst sub-regions in Ontario (27%) the South Georgian Bay area is fortunate to have a plethora of options which support staying active. The scientific evidence is clear that a higher level of physical activity is associated with reduced risk for many illnesses as well as an increased sense of well-being. As such, I applaud the initiative of Norma Gee, president of the Collingwood Lawn Bowl Club, who is introducing a new program designed to increase accessibility and fun while encouraging participation in a well established local sporting tradition. I know many of our local seniors will benefit from the social interactino as well as the physical activity involved
Harry O'Halloran, MD
Year of the Seniors
Collingwood has been growing as a retirement community. Many of our retirees are active and fit, but people over the age of 65 are more likely to have accommodation needs for different abilities. According to the 2013 report, Towards an Accessible Future, 37% of people aged 65-74 and 61% of people aged 75+ have at least one disability.
Betty Riches has been named the Ambassador for the Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club for the 2021 season!
At 98 years old, Betty is perfect for this role as she shows others that age does not matter. She plays lawn bowling three times a week and says that the Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club is her new best friend. She loves to be outdoors playing a relaxing game with friendly people.
Betty did not take up the sport until she moved to Collingwood about 10 years ago. It just so happened that the seller of her house left a set of lawn bowls behind. Her curious nature encouraged her to hunt for a lawn bowling green which led her to 45 Paterson Street – the Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club.
She credits her long-lived life to the fact that she stays active doing a mild form of outdoor exercise. She says “by playing the games, my spirits are lifted and I gain my mobility”. Betty consistently scores almost every end. It would be unusual if she didn’t have at least one bowl on the jack. Every team wants Betty on their side!
In 2021, the Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club is welcoming all seniors to play 3 free-of-charge rounds. Stop in to meet Betty and learn a new game!