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    The Open Gender Steering Committee has been meeting over the last few months to review the Parameters for the Implementation & Operation of Open Gender Competition policy. The original timelines set for

    this review established that a recommendation would be presented to the April Council meeting for ratification of a policy for next season at the May Board meeting.It has been acknowledged that this is a huge issue and it is imperative that all aspects need to be fully considered to ensure the best decisions are made for the betterment of the sport. As the process has continued and advice has been received from stakeholders and independent parties, it has become apparent that these timelines are not achievable. It has also become evident during the consultation process that the current Open Gender policy is not generally in the best interests of the sport. Although in some areas it has had a positive influence on the sport, the results of the survey clearly showed that the bowling community has a strong desire to have some form of single gender competition available that operates in conjunction with an open gender option. With this in mind, the Steering Committee has discussed a number of alternative competition structures to balance the needs of the bowling community and the legal requirements under the Equal Opportunity Act. The Committee is also mindful that a structure which is appropriate for metropolitan competitions may not be logistically viable for some country Associations. There is not a simple, one solution answer to the issue. As the State Sporting Organisation, Bowls SA has an obligation to not only consider what is in the best interests of the bowling community but to also minimise the likelihood of a complaint being lodged with the Equal Opportunity Commission. Advice the Steering Committee has received from the Equal Opportunity Commission includes:

    If Bowls SA was to return to single gender competitions then any member who considered they had experienced discrimination because of their gender could lodge a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission.

    Offering an open gender competition on certain days may alleviate some of the potential for complaints but would not prevent anyone lodging a complaint in relation to their alleged exclusion from single gender competitions offered on other days. The only precedents in case law that exist in Australia, at this time, have been made by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Their decisions established that the sport of bowls cannot rely on the strength, stamina and physique exemption (under their Act) to exclude opposite gender players from single gender bowling competitions on the basis of their gender.

    The Steering Committee considers that a structure including one Open Gender competition as well as a Womens and Mens competition (both with some form of opposite gender fill-ins) may provide equal opportunity for both men and women bowlers. However, based on advice received it is not certain that this structure would be a defence against a complaint.Although the Steering Committee initially sought general legal opinion, as a result of further discussions and taking into consideration feedback from stakeholders and the results of the survey, Bowls SA is now seeking detailed legal advice.If legal advice suggests it is feasible, Bowls SA may seek to lodge a case for a formal exemption from the SA Equal Opportunity Tribunal to allow single gender competitions (with some form of opposite gender fill-ins) to be played in South Australia, in addition to an open gender competition.If Bowls SA was successful in gaining an exemption, the organisation would then be able to rely on the exemption as a defence to any complaint lodged regarding restricting opposite gender players from playing in a single gender competition. This process has contributed to an extension in the timelines and depending on the advice received may result in the current trial policy, with some modifications, being extended to the 2009/10 Season. Bowls SA Incorporated

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    In March I travelled with the womens and mens State Sides to the ACT for the 2009 Australian Sides Championships I must admit that although the fi nal positions on the ladder were not what we wanted, all players are to be congratulated on their commitment and the professional manner in which they went about playing the games against very strong opposition from the other States and Territories.The tight results in most games can be attributed to the intense training that the players undertook prior to going away and augurs well for the future. Im sure we are getting very close to achieving the results which the High Performance team are aiming for. I look forward to further improvement of both teams on our home greens in 2010 when the Australian Sides Championships come to Adelaide.Also whilst in Canberra I attended the Bowls Australia Council Meeting where many subjects were covered in relation to issues on a National level and the operation of Bowls Australia. Discussion topics included:

    The BA Strategic Plan 2009-2012 BA Events Calendar 2010 onwards Australian Sides Championship Adelaide 912 April 2010The National Merchandising Program and BA Capitation Fees for 2010-11.

    Congratulations to all fi nalists in both Metropolitan and Country Pennants. To reach the fi nals in any sporting competition is a great achievement; and to actually be a part of a Grand Final as a team shows the dedication of all players to the sport.Well done everyone... and I must add a personal note ONYA THE LIONS!Good bowling Bob Cooper

    Teen sensation Breeanna Dickson from Modbury, partnered with Ian (Budda) Miller of Somerton to take out the Bowls SA Mixed Pairs title at Edwardstown Bowling Club on Sunday 3 May. Dickson and Miller defeated Riina Bradbrook (Holdfast Bay) and Steve Bradbrook (Somerton) 13-12 in their Semi Final to book a Grand Final berth against Cherie Morgan (Modbury) and Kane Coulls (West Lakes) who had

    defeated Lyn Wildash (Auburn) and Michael Wildash (Kadina) 18-3 in their Semi Final. Dickson and Miller went on to defeat Morgan and Coulls 13-10 in the Final. The win has capped off a fantastic season for Breeanna, with the Mixed Pairs title coming on the back of her recent hat trick at the U18 State Titles where she won the Singles, Pairs and Triples events.

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    Right: Alberton Oval Bowling Club Committee 1922-23

    Above: the new sign erected at the Northern end of the club. The Tonkes Family Green has been named in recognition of the Tonkes Family who have been involved with the club since 1926.Bill Tonkes OAM and Life Member, at the age of 84 years, is still active at the club. During this time the family have won 20 Club Championships between them.

    The Alberton Bowling Club was formed on 6 June 1903, becoming possibly the first suburban bowling club in South Australia. A motion was carried for membership to be limited to 50 and eight sets of bowls to be purchased. In 1907 the club changed its name to the Alberton Oval Bowling Club to avoid confusion with