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      Mijas Bowls Club's Newest, Youngest Member.

MIjas BC

Jan. 2016

Report by Christine Wilson & photos by Eric Wilson

Mijas Bowls Club has just accepted its youngest member ever, Michael, aged 8, and when you know that his surname is Cole some existing bowlers on the coast will recognise that name, as his grandmother is Pam Cole who has played for Spain on many occasions in the past. His uncle is Nick Cole who also represents Spain and plays bowls to an extremely high standard.  Being Spanish National Team players has taken them both around the world from England to New Zealand via the Channel Islands, South Africa and more.

Young Michael has a lot to live up to, but even at the tender age of 8, is showing great promise.  The likes of Michael are the future of bowling and his Uncle Nick is looking forward to the time when he can see Michael achieving what he has done.  Nick's achievements are too numerous for this article but include playing in the Pairs in the Spanish National Championships in 2001 with his father, Ron, and only losing by 1 shot.  In the same year, at the age of only 34, Nick played through 10 rounds of Singles to become the winner.  He has played in two World of Champions of Champions in New Zealand.

The year 2004 was a fantastic one for the Cole family as in the Spanish Nationals Nick won the Singles, he also won the Pairs with John Sullivan, the Triples with his mother, Pam, and John Sullivan, and even went on to win the 4's with his mother, father and John.  That was the first time the same person had ever won all four events and it certainly has not been achieved since. That was the year Nick became the World no.2 ranked amateur bowler.

As Pam says many games have been played, lots of friends have been made and the game of bowls is a wonderful hobby to have. If you have a young son or daughter, whatever nationality you are, who might like to join Michael to try this fascinating game of bowls, do bring him or her along one Sunday morning between 10.00am and 12.00 noon to see the club and what goes on there.  Ring our Captain, Carol, first on 952 492 434 to make sure it is a normal Sunday.  Coaching is available.  Who knows your son or daughter could be a future Nick Cole.

You will find Mijas Bowls Club situated behind the Victoria furniture showroom on the Carretera de Mijas at 1.8 kms. Turn left from Fuengirola into Camino de Cortijo Grande between the furniture showroom and the Farmacia and you will find the club about 150 metres on the left.  We look forward to seeing you.

Michael proudly displays his new membership award, presented by Club Captain, Carol.

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