COMMONWEALTH GAMES TEAMS MAY USE ISLAND BOWLS FACILITIES
• Teams from Africa and the Caribbean could prepare here!
Some Commonwealth Games teams are likely to use island facilities in the lead up to the Games in 2018.
And it will be more likely in the area of lawn bowls where island facilities will be utilised.
Cr Mark Edwards was one of the first to act when the Games were first announced for the Gold Coast.
He sent out an open invitation over a year ago to countries via the Commonwealth Games Association telling them of our islands, our facilities and our close proximity to the Gold Coast.
His actions recently ’surprised’ many at various levels in the State Government.
“They were surprised at the initiative and by the already rather interesting and prompt responses,” the councillor told The Friendly Bay Islander.
He has received a positive response from teams from right around the Globe, including the Channel Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Tonga, Sri Lanka and several Caribbean countries.
“I was also surprised at the responses.
“With so many countries coming, finding bowling greens throughout SE Queensland for acclimatisation and preparation purposes, is difficult for many countries.
“They have indicated they are very glad to have heard from me,” Cr Edwards said.
He says there is still some way to go in the negotiations, but is confident a number of countries will come to our islands in the lead up to the Games.
“We have two great bowls clubs on our islands in the Russell Island Bowls Club and Club Macleay.
“Their greens will be most useful for Games preparation.”
Cr Edwards says a combination of B and B, Council hall facilities and Island billeting could solve any accommodation situation with Games athletes who come to our islands.
“I am delighted with the response from the various countries and I am keen to see our island involved with the Games in a positive way,” the councillor said.