Article originally appeared in the Kelowna Daily Courier on July 27, 2015.
When you think of lawn bowling, the image that often comes to mind is a group of elders dressed in white having a good time at their local club. While seniors still love the game, the greens are attracting a fresh and fashionable younger generation, driven to have fun all while doing good.
Imagine 80-plus young professionals gathered at the downtown location of the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club — all clad in sundresses and suspenders, ditching their shoes to feel the grass between their toes, sipping on cocktails from a past unknown and rolling some bowls on manicured greens.
This is the scene painted by one of the On The Lawn organizers, Fiona McGregor.
“Both Daylin (Mantyka) and I wanted to put on an event where we could give back to our community,” said McGregor. “We’ve both lawn bowled in other countries like Australia and New Zealand, where young people would flock to the greens for an afternoon beer and bowl in the sun. We thought it would be a perfect fundraiser for Kelowna.”