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Marilyn Richards - Westfield Local Heroes 2020

Bowled over with delight

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The Zone Belconnen is a hive of activity every Saturday morning as the ACT Wizards Tenpin bowlers gather to bowl, cheered on by their families, friends and support workers.

All year round, it’s a time for laughter, celebration and encouragement, thanks in a big part to Marilyn Richards, the president of the league that caters for people in the ACT region living with disability.

Marilyn has been involved with the Wizards for more than 20 years and has been president for five years. She attends almost every Saturday session and also accompanies bowlers to interstate competitions.

“I feel great satisfaction seeing the bowlers reach their potential,” says Marilyn, who has an adult daughter with a disability.

“I have developed many lasting friendships with other parents of children and young adults with special needs, as well as enjoying the company of the team members themselves.”

The volunteer-run league caters for bowlers aged 15 to 70. At last count, there were almost 100 participants, with a waiting list of others eager to get in.

“I aim to improve the lives of people with disability through the social, health and self-esteem benefits that are gained with involvement in team sport,” Marilyn says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. Wizards will use the grant to travel to regional tournaments and to attend next year’s national tournament.

For further information on the Westfield Local Heroes program, click here

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