OVER: Heinz Chmielewski part of the Gympie Eagles Tenpin Bowling team says his club was forced to fold after 20 years of play.
OVER: Heinz Chmielewski part of the Gympie Eagles Tenpin Bowling team says his club was forced to fold after 20 years of play. Renee Albrecht

Gympie's only competitive tenpin bowling club folds

TENPIN BOWLING: After 20 years of competition Gympie's only competitive tenpin bowling club has folded amid rising travelling costs.

The Eagles, once a thriving club boasting over 25 members, travelled weekly for competition to places as far away as Gladstone.

In 2015 the club was in a position to facilitate weekend bowling tournaments both in Gympie and elsewhere but in recent times have not been able to come up with the capital to keep the club afloat.

Former Eagles president Heinz Chmielewski told The Gympie Times the sport of tenpin bowling is flourishing in Gympie, but a lack of new younger players willing to commit to travel was the main catalyst.

"In its heyday, there were as many as 25 Eagles members, with the finances and capacity to travel,” Chmielewski said.

"In the past few years, recruitment of new bowlers has proven to be challenging.

"Unfortunately the cost of transport, lack of funds and illness in 2016 allowed for less competition and the decision to wind up after 20 years was made,” he said.

While many sports in regional Queensland are reporting similar issues, Chmielewski is remaining pragmatic about the situation and said many of the club's squad were realistic about the viability of a travelling league.

"Most of our former members are still bowling,” Chmielewski said.

"They bowl here (Gympie tenpin bowling centre) once or twice a week.

"But the people we used to bowl against would come to Gympie as well, we would have home and away games.

"We have people in their 80s that are still bowling and that is positive,” he said.

If you are interested in tenpin bowling you can contact Gympie Tenpin on 5482 6688.

Gympie Times


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