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BOWLING is becoming quite a remarkable sport for many young athletes in the country today. It appears the sport has just popped out from oblivion and this year it has been recognised by the Annual National Sports Award after getting nomination for Sports Development of the Year award.

Bowling is up for the accolade alongside karate and darts.

The sport, which was first played in Zimbabwe in 1902, has over the past decade gained its popularity with many young players coming onto the stage and eventually becoming good bowlers.

Among the two young talented individuals who have taken the sport seriously and have made their clubs proud are 17-year old Prince Edward High School pupil Aaron Chilundo and Austin Kupara (16) of Alexandra Sports Club in Harare.

Bowls Zimbabwe president Malcolm Evans said it is a great honour to be among the ANSA nominees and he is hoping bowling will win the Sports Development of the Year award.

“It is really a great honour to be one of the nominees. Bowling is indeed developing and we are happy to see new players coming in to join the sport.

“We feel we stand a good chance of winning the award but there are other associations too and we do not know how far they have gone in development.

“We have been working hard towards the development of bowls.

“In the past, people were not interested in the sport, which was wrong. We are glad that there is a lot of developments, the clubs are growing and we now have many young players coming in to join them.

“If you look at our Bowls Zimbabwe website there is a lot of developments, NSSA is one of our sponsors to boost up the sport and we are glad that we have a lot of individuals from their company who have joined bowls.

“Our website has been so helpful to our new players as well as our fans, from there the newcomers are able to know all about the sport which include the rules and regulation and how the sport is played.

“The sport is not only developing but it has improved at an international level. It has the good record of winning a number of gold medals in tournaments and we feel it will be great if we win this year’s ANSA award,” said Evans.

Zimbabwe bowling sides recently proved to be the best in the men’s competition at the Quadrangular Bowls Series which was held in Windhoek, Namibia, where they clinched a gold medal ahead of South Africa who are considered the gest in the history of African bowls.

The Zimbabwe national team came tops in the Trips and walked away with a gold medal and then settled for second place in the Pairs and took the third place in the Fours and won a bronze medal.

The Zimbabwean bowling teams also did well at the Africa States Bowls tournament which was held in Namibia in September.

They scooped an overall silver medal after a fine performance in the Botswana greens. In the men’s Fours competition, Zimbabwe won gold and in the Singles category Terry Bowes clinched a silver medal.

In the women’s section Zimbabwean teams have also made the nation proud when they grabbed a silver medal overall and then a gold medal in the Trips.

The international competition were not the only good story for the sport, the local tournaments have also been the best events to motivate the new players.

The Nationals, the Club Champions of Champions, October Fives Bowls tournament and the Inter-Districts are some of the competitions which have allowed the new bowlers to participate in the sport.

Source : The Herald