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Wednesday February 1, 2017
COOMA COLTS 2017
COMMUNITY CARNIVAL &
Thursday 2nd February 4:30pm - 5:30pm
An afternoon with players from the Raiders
with interactive activities and lots of fun.
Plus, we will be there to assist you if you have
any questions, wish to registering your child
for this upcoming season, are having
difficulties completing the online registration
or would like to make payment to finalise the
If you have any questions, please feel free to
Multi-Function Centre, Cooma Showground
With an eye to boosting junior lawn bowls numbers across
the region, newly appointed Regional Bowls Manager for
South East NSW, James Berriman, has visited a number of
clubs in the Snowy Monaro.
Berriman’s two-day visit took him to the Bombala
Bowling Club and Jindabyne Bowling and Sports Club,
where he discussed with club officials the various
approaches to securing more numbers on the greens.
Showcasing the benefits of introducing bowls programs
tailored for children, Berriman said the clubs were
enthusiastic to generating interest amongst the next
generation of bowlers.
“Junior Jack Attack is a program we are hoping to get
clubs involved in. It introduces the game to people of any
age who might not normally play,” Berriman said.
“Bowls is a great sport you can play for life, it’s growing
Junior Jack Attack is light-weight rubber bowls which
can be used on any flat surface; perfect for school
gymnasiums or bowling greens and are safe for children of
any age to use.
Berriman commenced his new role for Bowls Australia,
the national sporting body for lawn bowls, and will work
with relevant state associations and bowling clubs to help
increase participation and ensure bowls is a thriving sport
well into the future.
Local bowling clubs are encouraged to make a free
appointment with Berriman who is keen to share his
knowledge and passion for bowls to help all the clubs in
his region grow the sport and grow
“I feel I have something very
unique to offer bowling clubs
in the region; I have a business
orientated brain but I am also
heavily involved in playing the sport
of bowls,” Berriman said.
“I am keen to show Australia
and my region that lawn bowls is a
sport for all ages.
“I couldn’t think of anything
better; working in an industry I am
passionate about and getting to
travel around my amazing region.”
Berriman is an avid bowler at
the Woonona Bowling Club in
Wollongong and has been playing
since his first ‘Come and Try Day’
at age 12.
Recruiting juniors to bowls is
a high priority for bowling clubs
and there are plenty of junior
available, including Jr. Jack Attack and the Australian
Sports Commissions Sporting Schools Program.
In the past decade bowls has become an increasingly
popular past time with more than 600,000 people
participating in bowls in 2015.
Bowls Australia Regional Manager for
South East NSW, James Berriman talks with
Jindabyne Bowling and Sport Club’s Nick Hind.
Bowls boost for region
The future of Cooma gymnastics looked set for a
tumble in August of 2015 after vital funding was
stripped. Eighteen months on, things couldn’t be
more different, as the Cooma Gymnastics Club
launches this year’s classes with 150 students on
A community led effort saw the regeneration
of gymnastics in Cooma following the YMCA’s
decision to cease backing their Cooma-based
gymnastics program. The Cooma Gymnastics
Club committee took up the fight and now there
are enough students to fill classes four days a
The club’s headquarters in the Cooma
Basketball Stadium is home to the next
generation of gymnasts and acrobats. Head
coach and Australian gymnastics champion,
Alison Czolij said the club is anticipating a
“It has grown so much since this time last year.
In the eight months I’ve been here I’ve seen the
club go from 35 students to 150,” Ms Czolij said.
“There’s a wonderful and great group of kids
here. We cater for youngsters right through to
The current crop of gymnasts will tumble and
turn their way into the year with classes starting
back up this week. Amidst the renewed interest
in local gymnastics, Ms Czolij said she is using
her experience as a competitor and teacher to
introduce new programs to the club.
“I’ve brought acrobatics and competitive
gymnastics into the club. We’ve been conducting
squad tryouts with a group of our students going
to a Canberra competition later this year,” Ms
The 2007 Australian Acrobatic
Champion studied gymnastics
in Denmark before opening her
own gymnastics business in
the Far South Coast. A move to
Cooma was the catalyst for Ms
Czolij joining the club, a decision
allowing locals to benefit from
She said gymnastics is the
perfect starting point for children
looking to build skills for life, or
for those wanting to enhance
their attributes in other sporting
“It’s a great base for learning
skills like flexibility, strength, and
agility. Kids develop different
skills through gymnastics,” she
“It also compliments the winter
sports. Girls and boys wanting to
improve their snow skills can do
so through gymnastics.”
Classes are designed to
cater for all levels and ages with
teenager-based classes hoped
to keep them in organised sport.
Two adults have already signed
up for classes with Ms Czojil
hopeful more adults will get the
Cooma Gymnastics Club leaping ahead for 2017
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