Community Spirit Shines Bright at Swan Reach
Providing its community with a much-needed outlet and place to come together during a natural disaster saw the Swan Reach Bowling Club take out the Community Spirit category at last Friday night’s Bowls SA Awards.
Despite its club ending up under water during the recent River Murray floods, members didn’t let it end their season or ruin their spirits.
Club president Wayne Fromm said it was a special moment to receive the award.
“It is pretty good, it is great that Bowls SA has recognised our little club,” he said.
Wayne explained just some of the battles his club faced over the past six months.
“We started bowls like normal, but we knew the water was coming,” he said.
“We got to the 12th of December when the water covered the green and we played away games for the rest of the season.
“We ended up winning the pennant just playing away games.
“The water went down just before the end of the season around February and we have been cleaning up and working on getting things going ever since then.”
Wayne said his club’s story emphasised the importance that sporting clubs can have on communities, in particular smaller ones.
“We are a fairly important part of the community being an RSL and bowling club,” he said.
“The RSL have their meetings there and we have the Anzac Day breakfast at the bowling club, we also have community bowls nights where people can come in and play as well.”