Participants were bowled over by the annual State Over 50s Tenpin Centre Challenge which took place at the Bundy Bowl and Leisure Centre recently.
Sixteen teams from across the state competed over four days, with the Bundaberg team narrowly missing out on first place, to Logan, after winning last year.
Bundy Bowl and Leisure Centre owner Pete McElligott said the competition was started in 2002 when they noticed there wasn’t a tenpin bowling challenge for this age group.
“We started this event ourselves because we wanted an event for over 50s,” Pete said.
“Every other demographic of people, the juniors and the adults and so on, they were all covered but no one really covered the over 50s.
“So we said we’d open up to all the over 50s bowling centres in Queensland to come to it and basically that’s how it formed, as a friendly event just to catch up with everyone.”
Teams competed for daily competition prizes as well as submitting their aggregate scores for the overall winner of the event.
“We also have individual awards that can be won each day and along the way there are little quirky prizes,” Pete said.
“There’s also the traditional dance pool ‘That’s Amore’ where we change lanes to that music and they get a ticket to encourage them to dance and get some cash prizes at the end.”
Competitor Dana King has been taking part in the event for the past 18 years and said she enjoyed the social side of it the most.
“Oh I love it, it’s fun!” she said.
“It’s fun to be with the other centres and meet other people, you make friends and see them every year.
“It’s a great reason to get out of the house!”