This month I will discuss, to quote: “one on the most cunning, dishonest, sneaky and devious” aids for bowlers! Naturally, I am describing the Bowling Arm!
Hopefully, I have your attention now?
One senior and experienced Coach was heard to voice; “never call an Arm a cheating stick”! Unfortunately, for those of us who understand the human brain, it cannot process or retain a negative – it only processes positive words and thoughts. (Neuro-linguistic programming). Having used a Bionic Arm for two years, I think I have experienced most of the negative comments from my fellow non-arm bowlers.
I would strongly urge any bowler who truly believes that the Arm gives its user an “advantage” to take the time to chat to Arm bowlers in their Club. They will be amazed at how many Arm bowlers overcome serious injuries (titanium steel rods through their back and limbs) and other debilitating chronic medical conditions. The Arm allows them to take up bowls as a sport or continue their enjoyment of bowls, as their physical condition deteriorates and age takes its toll.
On a recent Coaching Course, Bowls Queensland revealed they are on average receiving 10+ requests each week for Arm approvals, which naturally require the bowler’s doctor to support their application. With our ageing population and desire to ensure that bowls is an inclusive sport, our attitudes to the Arm must change. We should acknowledge and embrace it as an aid to bowling, which will sustain membership and encourage new bowlers who suffer from a disability to give bowls a real go. Clubs and members must support this.
Suggested Arm bowlers’ responses to ill-informed comments:
“I’m sorry, if you were right, I would agree with you” – Robin Williams.
The Bionic Bowler