“It’s amazing to be promoting bowls and increasing participation for our veterans. Bowls is unique in that people of all walks of life and disability can participate – I can’t think of any limitations to preclude participation; bowls can also be very social and there’s nothing better than social therapy.” 

Steve Glasson OAM
Former BCiB Australian Jackaroos national coach

Bowls is one of the most popular sports in Australia. It’s easy to see why: a sport for all ages and abilities, regular competitions and great social connections on and off the green.  

There are more than 1,800 affiliated clubs nationwide, with plenty of opportunities to get involved across all parts of Australia. 

They say that bowls is a sport that takes a second to learn but a lifetime to master. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is all about rolling bowls closest to a smaller ball (called a ‘jack’ or a ‘kitty’). 

Bowls can be played individually or as part of a team and there are lots of ways to enjoy the sport, whether it’s competitive or social – including Bowls Australia’s innovative national social-competitive Jack Attack program! 

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Invictus Australia and Bowls Australia have partnered to encourage veterans and their families to get involved in the sport, including together putting on ‘family days’ as an opportunity to try the sport and running a ‘NSW Regional Bowls Tour’. 

To keep up to date with upcoming events and connect with your region’s Defence community join your local Facebook group. 

If you are interested in a sport that isn’t listed on our website, get in touch. With our contacts in the sporting industry, we have avenues to explore to help you find your tribe. 

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