2022 Sports Day

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The Flinders Island Sports & RSL Club and Council jointly submitted a grant application to Sport Australia ito host the Flinders Island Sports Day at the Sports Club. Our successful funding application allowed us to host a sports day on November 19 at the Sports and RSL Club. The grant funds were used to pay for the band, event advertising, and other aspects that contributed to the day's success. The purpose of the day was to encourage community members to try out new sports or play again if they hadn't done so in a while.

To kick off the day - 24 people attended a golf clinic for adults and children. We were fortunate to secure Ty Ebdon from the FIAAI Tackling Indigenous Smoking Team, who also happened to compete in Pro-AM Tournaments and PGA events in Tasmania! We had a fantastic turnout, and after the session, I did hear rumours of a former club champion making a comeback.

While the golf was going on, tennis enthusiast Claire Morgan, hosted a centre court clinic. Claire went over tennis fundamentals and inspired the kids to improve their court skills. It was wonderful to see that the kids could participate in another new sport on the Island.

The Junior Netball held its regular competition, which was competitive on the day and featured some very outstanding skills. After that game, some sweaty and hot kids came up to the clubhouse to relax with some cold drinks and the delicious food Liz Leigh served all day in the Club Kitchen.

The Men's Golf Championship and the Lawn Bowls began while the players for the Senior Netball match warmed up. While the adults were working up a sweat on the netball court, Robyn Dilger taught a handful of the kids how to play bowls.

The senior netball match took place in the middle of the day, and even after the first quarter, some of us were cursing under our breath and had very red faces.

At times, we believe the phrase "I'm too old for this!" was uttered, but once the game was finished, everyone was eager for the following game on Wednesday night.

In a fiercely competitive lawn bowls match between wives and husbands, which was reported that the husbands may have just won, the sporting event came to a close.

We were entertained late into the night by Wellstrung, the island's favourite cover band. The kids swarmed the dance floor; for some of them, it was their first live music experience. Their interpretive dancing moves were pretty impressive, which was entertaining for all.

Thank you to everyone who attended, participated, or simply watched on the sidelines with a special mention to Robyn Dilger, members of the Sports & RSL Club, Sammi Gowthorp, AK, Ziggy, Ty Ebdon, the Flinders Island Aboriginal Association, Claire Morgan, the Flinders Island District High School, Mel Mollineaux, Kelly Blundstone, Gwen Bailey, and Liz Leigh for a fantastic day!

Megan Boyes
Community Development


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