Six Coastal players at Atlantic Championships

Rudi Bowe

The Namibia Bowling Association (NBA) announced the names of the ten lawn Bowls players of which six players are from the two Coastal Clubs that will represent Namibia at the Lawn Bowls Atlantic Championships to be held from 10-23 Mayin Cardiff, Wales.

The coastal players, Graham Snyman, Cabous Olivier, Piet Appollis, Diana Viljoen, Bianca Lewis and Elzaan de Vries with Amanda Steen-kamp, Anjuleen Viljoen, Will Esterhuizen and Johan Jacobs from Windhoek.
The Men’s team is made up of Will Esterhuizen, Graham Snyman, Cabous Olivier, Johan Jacobs and Gideon (Piet) Appollis, while the following Ladies were chosen: Diana Viljoen, Amanda Steenkamp, Anjuleen Viljoen and two new caps, Elzaan de Vries and Bianca Lewis.
The Selectors, particularly the Ladies’ selectors are very excited about the new blood and the relative youthfulness of the two new players. Bianca Lewis is the sister of Diana Viljoen, who has been playing for Namibia for a number of years.
Their Aunt, Lynne Lindsay-Payne, an inter-national bowler who won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in Malaysia in 1998, served as inspiration for the sisters to take up bowls after they stopped doing gymnastics. Both ladies are very excited to be playing in the same team internationally as they have played together many times in local tournaments and in tournaments in South Africa.
Will Esterhuizen is a veteran of the Namibian Bowls team, even though he is only 33 years old. He has been playing since he was 13 years old. Both his mom and his dad have represented Namibia.
Will is living proof that Bowls is not only for old people.
Will played in Wales last year and is very excited to be playing there again, together with his team mate, Johan Jacobs. Johan’s motivation is to be the best that he can be. The team that represented Namibia in Wales last year, and which also included Cabous Olivier, won a bronze medal. Johan would also like to see Namibian Bowls remain in the Top 10 in the world.
Another bowler in the team, Anjuleen Viljoen, who has been playing from the age of 23, also proves bowls is not only for old people. Her comment is, “People still have the perception of bowls being for OLD people, while in actual fact it is a sport for all. Find your nearest bowling club and try it out!”
The biggest challenge facing the team now is raising enough funds to go and participate, as the NBA has very limited funds available and each member of the team will need about N$35 000. The players in the Lawn Bowls teams who participate internationally have always been aware that if they are selected, they have to find the money to go. This includes air-fares, accommodation and meals. Lawn Bowls receives no funding from the Sports Bodies in Namibia.
The only exception is participating at the Common-wealth Games, where everything is paid for. Be-cause of the financial restraints, Lawn Bowls loses many of their best players so their results are also compromised.

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