Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club
NEW THIS YEAR
The Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club is making changes to the game of lawn bowling to meet this need. This year, the Lawn Bowling Club is launching a new program called “Senior Participation: Accessibility, Fitness, Social Inclusion”. Modifications to the game include shorter games (as little as an hour), more flexible playing times, safer playing times (earlier mornings and evenings to avoid the heat of the day), lighter weight bowls, coloured bowls for easier identification, aids to lift and deliver the bowls (similar to the stick used in curling) and less restrictive attire.
As a result of this, we can offer free visits to our green so seniors can stay active both mentally and physically. Our oldest player is 95! New equipment is available to all seniors: small bowls; lifters; and delivery aids 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!
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.