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Members strike bowling lanes

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December 02, 2016

People with disabilities from all over the Goulburn Valley came down for the day.

Mark Warren-Smith and the team from Alexandra get ready for a big game.

Unlike many other sports, virtually anyone can get up and have a go at tenpin bowling.

In the spirit of the festive season, Shepparton’s Star Bowl hosted its first All Abilities Christmas Gala Day yesterday.

Members from disability service and support groups from Shepparton and beyond descended on the bowling alley for a few friendly games and a meal.

Star Bowl manager Melissa Thompson said it was the first time the alley had hosted the Christmas-themed event.

‘‘It’s a game that everyone can do, regardless of age or ability,’’ she said. ‘‘They can all do it, so it’s fun for all.’’

Support worker Mark Warren-Smith from the Dame Pattie Menzies Centre in Alexandra said it was worth the 90-minute drive to see the smiles on the faces of his clients.

‘‘In our town it’s only a few thousand people, so there isn’t much around. So when they come here they get to meet some of the people again they have made friends with over the years,’’ Mr Warren-Smith said.

The centre is a non-profit organisation that provides services to adults with disabilities.

Mr Warren-Smith said due to the centre’s limits on funding and travel, events like a bowling day out were limited to about six a year.

‘‘Today is a good day for them,’’ he said of his clients.

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