Natalie Melmore’s gold medal talk to Plympton Rotarians
Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowling champion, Natalie Melmore has become the latest person to speak to the Rotary Club of Plympton and she gave a gold medal winning talk in more ways than one.
Natalie who is youngest woman to win the national singles title has been using her success in last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi to try and attract a younger generation to take up the sport.
It is a task made harder by the lack of media coverage here in the UK – explaining that it is a vicious circle. The sports’ governing body cannot pay to get TV coverage, but without TV coverage they cannot attract sponsors to cover the costs of getting the TV companies to support it. She went on to say that this is the opposite to Australia where it is one of the most popular sports and is watched by many every Saturday afternoon.
Undertaking three jobs and a Law & Criminology degree at Plymouth University, it is hard to see where Natalie can find the time to practice but her dedication bore fruit last year. As well as explaining how she has been trying to promote the sport, Natalie also spent part of her talk showing a clip of the final in Delhi telling the club members why she played certain shots and what was going through her mind at the time.
All of the club members where thoroughly entertained by Natalie’s talk and all felt it is a travesty that the sport of lawn bowls is not recognised by the Olympics.
(from a press release)
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