By Emily Rennes
January 13, 2021

Our friends in the west lead the charge in 2020 with Bowl Patrol continuing to keep kids active and entertained. A centre loving their Patrollers, a Lane Ranger putting in extra effort and a Patroller who crossed the city to get to her program.

In Western Australia our Sport Development Officer Mia Buswell energetically leads the charge in growing junior participation rates in this state. So the winners of the 2020 Bowl Patrol Awards in WA are;

Bowl Patrol at Bunbury Tenpin Bowling – 2020 WA Centre of the Year

2020 WA Centre of the Year Bunbury Tenpin Bowling and Family Fun Centre through the period of COVID closures Bunbury worked hard to ensure that the Bowl Patrol program would bounce back as soon as it was able to. The enthusiasm of the staff and constant positive feedback received from all Patrollers make Bunbury Tenpin an obvious choice for WA’s Centre of the Year. Their efforts were rewarded with a booked-out Term 4 program. People will need to get in quick to secure a place in 2021!

2020 WA Lane Ranger is Moira Mathie who goes above and beyond in creating fun challenges to keep the Patrollers engaged. From displaying her hand-painted Bowl Patrol pin as a welcoming beacon in the centre to laying out a colourful obstacle course made up of the ‘back of lane’ activities. Moira was also instrumental in bringing together the Bowl Patrol Bowl At Home videos and has volunteered many hours in planning and developing resources for anyone to bowl. Moira has made a bell ball and bell-tipped pins for some blind bowlers who took part in Bowl Patrol through TBA’s Sporting Schools programs and bought stickers to make an “encouragement” chart for any Patrollers who were struggling to reach the next band level. These small things enrich the Bowl Patrol program whenever Moira is involved, she’s Lane Ranger of the Year for Western Australia in 2020.

Lane Ranger of the Year in WA Moira Mathie proud of Patroller Girls of the Year in WA Samantha Mould

2020 WA Patroller Girl is Samantha Mould, starting Bowl Patrol in 2019, her local centre couldn’t host the program (due to closure for renovations) so she travelled 45 minutes to the other side of the city so she could bowl. In 2020 when her local Centre, ZONE BOWLING Joondalup reopened, Samantha was the first Bowl Patroller registered! COVID closures didn’t slow her down… she was back and ready to go again in Term 3, 2020 and then again in Term 4. Sam listens intently to her Lane Ranger, Moira, and her determination has paid off as she finally achieved her black band late in term 4!

2020 WA Patroller Boy is Mustafa Khan, who despite being only 6 is up to his his third term of Bowl Patrol, recently increasing his challenge level to the 3 metre carpet. He is always polite and happy, never complains – even if he doesn’t get the target score… he just keeps trying! Bunbury Bowl are really looking forward to having him and his sister back in 2021 – “keep going Mustafa, you will get there!”.

Above: Patroller Boy of the Year in Western Australia Mustafa Khatoon on the Bowl Patrol lanes at Bunbury in 2020

What a tremendous way to round out the awards in Western Australia! Registrations for the 2021 Term 1 Bowl Patrol programs are now live on use your Kid Sport voucher to cover the full cost of the program. Reach out to WA’s Sport Development Officer for further assistance; [email protected]