Bert Walters, 97 years old and still a regular bowler at West Coffs Bowls Club.
Bert Walters, 97 years old and still a regular bowler at West Coffs Bowls Club. Bruce Thomas

Bert, 97, still sending em down

DON’T worry about how old Bert Walters is because he certainly doesn’t.

At the age of 97, Bert still gets to Club Coffs each Friday so he can enjoy the club’s social triples.

Having bowled at the club for 25 years, Walters has vowed that he has no intentions of giving up the sport he loves anytime soon.

“No, I’ll be bowling for a while yet,”

Bert said just before yesterday’s roll-up.

“I just want to keep going.”

And why shouldn’t he?

Based on yesterday’s evidence Bert is able to draw to the kitty as well as anyone at the club.

He says that the only thing that slows him down now is the summer heat, but now that the weather has cooled off again he’s a certainty to be on the green most Fridays.

“When I feel like it I go and have a game of bowls,” he said.

Bert struggled to come up with the biggest highlight of his quarter of a century spent playing at West Coffs, but he says that it’s not the glory that he plays for anyway.

“I’m not a champion, but I have a good go,” he said.

“I just enjoy the game.”

And it’s the enjoyment that keeps him coming back week after week.

“I’ve enjoyed it every time I’ve played,” the young-at-heart bowler said.

“I play for the fun of it and you meet so many good people when you play.”



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