Show Us You Can Play: Lawn Bowls

Ken Hanson has been playing bowls since the 80s, and loves getting out on the green for a roll. Ken made history in 2018 when he became Australia’s oldest Commonwealth Games gold medal winner.

Ken Hanson playing lawn bowls at Colac Bowls Club

Show Us You Can Play!

Show Us You Can Play! is a series of uplifting stories with inspirational people who are living proof that participating in sport and recreation is a right for all Victorians.


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Show Us You Can Play! is a series of uplifting stories featuring inspirational people who are living proof that participating in sport and recreation is a right for all Victorians.

Ken Hanson first wandered across the road to City Bowls Club Colac from his new home after moving from Gellibrand in 1986.

“I couldn’t wait to be getting over here each night for a bit of a roll.”

That wander across the road has delivered so much enjoyment to Ken over his life that reached new heights in 2018 when he made history as he became Australia’s oldest Commonwealth Games gold medal winner on the Gold Coast.

Along with team-mates Josh Thornton and Tony Bonnell, Ken was a shot behind New Zealand in the men’s B6/B7/B8 gold medal match at Broadbeach Bowls Club. In the last end of the match, the 68-year-old had to produce the shot of his life.

Ken stepped up and blasted away two Kiwi bowls from the jack, giving the Australians a last gasp win with as near a perfect shot as he could have hoped for. He is the oldest Australian athlete at the Games and now the oldest ever gold medal winner. 

“When it all comes down to playing (lawn bowls), we're all playing each other on a level playing field that we all mix in together.”

Playing at City Bowls Club gives Ken so much happiness and enjoyment, filling his desire to be physically active which Ken says is important for his mental health.

“Bowls has helped my mental health quite a lot. If I hadn’t taken it up, I think I might have been sitting at home. And if you are sitting at home feeling sorry for yourself it does have an effect on your mental health.”

“You get out, you meet people you’re physically active, you run into people everywhere that you’ve been associated with.”

Ken is passionate about finding innovative ways to create interest and pathways to recruit more players.

“To get new members we’ve got to use everything possible. A lot of live streaming of bowls helps to create an interest along with Corangamite Bowls Show on Facebook.”

“If you’re looking for something to do at any age, come and join a bowls club.”

Come on, show us you can play!

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