Bowls before candles

Bill Ramsay prepares to play one of his planned 80 games of bowls at the Meadowbank Bowling Club...
Bill Ramsay prepares to play one of his planned 80 games of bowls at the Meadowbank Bowling Club in Oamaru yesterday. Photo by Sally Rae.
Meet Bill the Bowler. As Bill Ramsay contemplated his forthcoming 80th birthday in September, it got him thinking about what he had done in his life and what he could still do.

He wondered about travelling around the world in 80 days but decided that was too far and too expensive.

So the keen Wellington bowler decided to play 80 games of bowls in 80 days at bowling clubs around the country.

He started at Picton on February 5 and arrived at Oamaru's Meadowbank Bowling Club yesterday, having played about 16 games. He heads to Hampden today.

The recipient of a triple bypass 17 years ago, he has been collecting donations for the Heart Foundation on the way.

While his family thought he was crazy - apart from his daughter who is "project manager" for the trip - Mr Ramsay said he was having a "fabulous time".

He had played bowls for the past 15 years and enjoyed meeting new people and visiting different clubs.

The clubs had all been very receptive and he was impressed with the greens in the South Island, saying they were in fantastic condition.

Mr Ramsay was unsure of his next project. He thought there was "not much significance" about a 90th birthday, but thought doing something to mark his 100th could be an idea.



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