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Tenpin strikes the right balance

Tenpin Butchers Creek State School

Image: Students at Butchers Creek State School enjoying a Sporting Schools session with coach Bill Gardiner at Tablelands Tenpin Bowls.

Butchers Creek State School is proof that tenpin bowling is a sport that strikes the right balance for students of all ages.

The school, 78 kilometres south-west of Cairns, only has nine students in total from prep to Grade 6 but were still able to participate in the Sporting Schools program in Term 1 this year.

School principal Paula Shirley says tenpin bowling is “an engaging sport” that can cater for all year levels.

“It’s great,” she says. “All students had an opportunity to succeed on an individual level by improving their score - they don’t have to worry how others are going.”

Shirley says the students – two of whom have never had the opportunity to go bowling before - were happy to engage in a different type of sport.

“When they think sport, they think cricket and other mainstream sports. They learned about the skills of the sport that we all weren’t aware of.”

The school enjoyed the fact they could bowl at school – using portable lanes and lightweight rubber bowling balls – and/or at the bowling centre which was 30 kilometres away, she says.

“We continued with some lessons in between so we could follow up with some skills. The portable lanes are awesome.”

She says the coach, Bill Gardiner, was “really engaged with the kids” and “gave me feedback on their skills”.

Tenpin Bowling Australia general manager Chris Rushton says tenpin bowling is a sport for “all abilities and skill levels”.

“Children may have experienced tenpin bowling through entertainment but they can learn the skills of the sport whilst having plenty of fun,” he says.

“Tenpin bowling is a skill-based sport that promotes ongoing progression opportunities, with a focus on general fitness, movement and targeting skills, whilst developing motor skills such as coordination and balance.”

Tenpin bowling is a fully inclusive and easily adaptable sport that caters for the entire community regardless of age or ability. Find out more about Tenpin Bowling’s Sporting Schools program here.

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