Visitors ‘bowled over’ in Airlie Beach

Such a fun day!”  “The locals have been so welcoming!” These were the enthusiastic comments when a couple of Volunteer Ambassadors dropped in to the local Bowls Club to catch up with cruise ship passengers who were in town for a very special purpose.

There are 8 of us here from Crookwell in regional NSW,” explained Brad, “and we are  guinea pigs for the very first Bowls Cruise.”

Monique Van Gelder, Marketing Manager for Cruiseabout quickly explained. “We have been working with P&O and Bowls Australia to organise the very first Bowls Cruise. At 3 ports of call on a Barrier Reef cruise, the bowlers are being linked with a local bowls club for a social game of bowls…and Airlie Beach is their first destination.”

Barry, Cheryl, Bob and Megan excitedly added “And Lynsey is here!”  Hmmm…the Ambassadors needed to know more so followed the pointing fingers to a vivacious young lady who introduced herself as Lynsey Clarke, Captain of the Australian Jackaroos.  Bowls Australia had flown her up from Brisbane to be part of this inaugural event.

Lynsey enthused “This has been a unique event, and an opportunity for people who like cruising and bowls to combine these two interests! It has been a fabulous day here in Airlie Beach…what’s not to love about the views, the weather and the wonderful people who have welcomed their visitors.”

The last word came from Crookwell bowler Janelle, who said in jest, “It was the only way I could get my husband to come on a holiday.”?

Apparently the day was so successful that similar events are already being planned for the future.  Way to go, Airlie Beach Bowls Club!

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