December 20, 2017

Top Australian bowlers Josh Thornton and Barrie Lester have agreed to be ambassadors for the Australia Day MND Superchallenge in Heathcote.

TWO of Australia’s top lawn bowlers have thrown their support behind this year’s Australia Day MND Superchallenge.

The local lawn bowls event, which has become a highlight on Heathcote calendars, raises funds for those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

And now number one Australian bowler Barrie Lester and his Australian pairs champion partner Josh Thornton have agreed to be ambassadors for the event.

Both men have been selected in the Australian squad for next year’s Commonwealth Games and the Heathcote organisers are hopeful they may be available to make an appearance on Australia Day 2018.

The local fundraiser has been held for the past three years in recognition of one of the club’s popular members who contracted MND.

And this year’s Superchallenge is shaping up to be another massive success, with a range of events including a triples tournament.

Teams will be required to have at least one non-bowler who does not play in a pennant team, with the aim of introducing non-bowlers to the fun of the game. As well as having rotating teams on the day, players will be rewarded for speed and accuracy.

Another highlight of the day will be a $1000 prize for the winner of a one-bowl-knock-out competition.

‘‘Everyone is invited to take part and anyone can win it,’’ former club secretary Peter Cunningham said.

A draw of players’ names will be held, with winners of each elimination round progressing until only two make it to the final.

Places are still available for bowlers in both events.

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