Bowls SA Media Recognition of the Year Award for the 2020

by BOWLSSA7

Bowls SA recognises the important role that the media plays in the promotion of sport from the grass roots up. This year Bowls SA Media Recognition of the Year Award for the 2020 is awarded to Kenn Rogers Yorketown Bowling Club for his continuous work with everything media.

Kenn started his media role for SYP in 1989 with our local paper, the Pioneer at Yorketown, as a football reporter. When the football season finished, he continued his weekly reporting, publishing all he could about the local bowls. He continued to do so after the Pioneer had finished, and the Country Times at Kadina began.

When he first started, to have the premiership ladder published came at a cost, he needed a sponsor to cover this expense. John Webb & Associates became his ally and to this day, still sponsor the printing of the ladder, thanks to Kenn’s hard work.

His weekly reports cover all the different formats that are played on the peninsula. These include Ladies, Open, Mid-week and all Championship and State events. He takes many photographs, some of which he uses to compliment his articles.

Occasionally his comments are a little subtle and can be thought provoking.

In January 2000 he started reporting, on a weekly base, to the Sunday Mail, covering all sports on YP.

When Kenn was on the RSABA and Bowls SA board, he was the chairman of the Publicity and Promotions Committee, working at various functions including the Royal Adelaide Show when Night Owls was being promoted.

His media prowess also includes a radio chat session with 5CS, Port Pirie. This he has done religiously every Saturday morning for the past 28 years. This segment covers all sports on the SYP/YP area. The Broadcast extends to the Eyre Peninsula, Riverland and Yorke Peninsula.

Kenn is still a devoted player and coach. He is actively involved with coaching the Junior players on SYP and goes to great lengths to help them and encourage them.

His bowling career would have ended if it wasn’t for the Bowling Arm. Not only did he start using one, he organised coaching and coached new Arm bowlers. He promoted this next phase of his career and every week has many Arm bowlers meet and practice together.

Considering Kenn has never had any media experience he has done a remarkable job in promoting Bowls.