Doug?s passion for sport
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
SAWTELL lawn bowler Doug Lowe is someone who just loves his sport.
At the ripe old age of 76, Doug says after a life of football, athletics, boxing, hockey and golf, bowls is the last sport on the list of a love-affair with sport.
A knee injury and quadruple bypass surgery called a halt to Doug's other sports and while recovering from his recent operation he can't wait to get back onto the greens.
In his teens, Doug was among the fastest milers in Australia during his school days at the Catholic De La Salle College in Armidale.
He was also a nine stone boxing champion which he said gave him an advantage in his larrikin days.
"If I ever became involved in a scrap I could either fight my way out of it or get out of trouble using my speed to run away," he said.
"I think the reason I was such a good runner was that I spent plenty of time chasing my wife, it has been worth it though because we have been together for 53 years."
Doug also enjoyed hockey and played for Australian Universities spreading his sporting talents across the board.
Looking back, Doug wished he had been born in a different era.
"Look at those runners out there today making all that money, in my day it was just an amateur sport," he said.