I am a very senior bowler in the 55-plus group with a real passions for our bowling and our Savoy Lanes. It is a very important part of our social interaction and allows us to have part of our exercise programme while we have fun. We have mixed leagues and our special needs group all using this facility.
As an aside, when our Savoy Lanes triples team made it to the nationals in Ontario last year, I had a bowler from the Northern Ontario team say to me, “Oh, we have heard about your Nelson team, so we already know how good you are.” Does that give you a sense of pride that they have heard about our beautiful city and know that we have medalled before? Nelson won the silver medal last year.
Our Nelson Savoy Lanes have also sent a team to the BC Provincial Bert Hill competition for many years where we have almost always won a medal but this year because of lack of funding, we were unable to compete in this competition and also unable to compete in the triples tournament. In order to compete in these two tournaments, we must belong to BC Bowl which has an expensive entry fee. We did, however, compete in the BC Seniors Games last September which were held in Langley and won medals, including several golds.
I am hoping that this situation can be resolved and we will be able to continue to use the bowling alley.