2IC at Club North haven, Shane Globits is also a well known and recognised sportsman, having represented Australia 26 times playing lawn bowls. Shane commenced playing when he was just 14 years old and says there are many pathways open to juniors who may be interested in the sport …
Hi Shane. Most of our readers would know you as the 2IC of Club North Haven; however, some would also know you as a previous lawn bowls champion. Can you tell us how you first got into the sport?
I started playing lawn bowls when I was 14 years old after a knee injury from Rugby League. My Junior Rugby League Club had a barefoot bowls fundraiser, and I loved it, so I stuck with both sports for a few years until I couldn’t play football anymore.
What were some of the highlights of your bowls career?
I’ve been really lucky to have played all around Australia and the world, but I would have to say there were a few major wins, The Golden Nugget Singles and the Inaugural Australian Open Singles, which got my name out there for the Aussie selectors to see.
You first represented Australia in 2005. What tournament was this for, and how did it feel? How many times have you represented Australia?
I remember my first game for Australia, which was at Darrebin, Melbourne in the Asia Pacific Triples; I played against Thailand in the pouring rain. That tournament had 24 nations competing, so it was a great experience. I was lucky enough to play 26 times for Australia and over 130 times for both QLD and NSW.
Do you have any funny or memorable memories from when you were touring with Australia?
I’ve had the opportunity to play in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Malaysia over the years. I remember one funny moment when we were playing a series in New Zealand, and it was absolutely freezing while we were in our rooms. The heater stopped working, one of my room mates gave it a kick, and the carpet caught fire. (No injuries, but it was a funny moment.)
Looking back on your sporting career, what would say was the most rewarding part?
I think the friendships that I have made around the world and I still have to this day are something that I will always cherish, but obviously the pride you feel carrying out the Australian Flag and singing the anthem is hard to beat.
Lawn bowls is typically known as an older demographic sport, but this is not the truth at all. Can you tell us more about the sport and how younger people can get involved?
Unfortunately, lawn bowls has got that stigma about it, but as I mentioned I started when I was 14 years old. When I played for Australia, the average age of our team was 23 years and the average age of the Australian cricket side was 27 years. We have 50 children from Camden Haven High play bowls each week here at Club North Haven, and they are really enjoying it. There are great pathways for juniors these days and even pathways to careers in hospitality. Lawn Bowls is a great sport to try as a social activity, or even if you are a retired sportsman looking for something else to stay competitive. If you are interested in trying the game, just go to any local bowling club, and I am sure the members will point you in the right direction.
Do you still play competitively?
I have retired from all representative games; I’m trying to focus on my family and career. I do still represent the club in pennant, which is an inter-club competition.