The joy found in following your passions never grows old. And so it is for Jubilee client Judy who loves to tenpin bowl!
Judy, 75, has been bowling for 35 years with her husband Ray. Their introduction to the sport came by chance when friends introduced the husband and wife to the game and asked them to join in. Judy now plays every Tuesday with Ray playing even more regularly.
“I had to have a few lessons at the start and then we went straight into competitions,” the former Telstra employee says. “We started at Kedron and when that shut down we moved to Aspley. We just compete at the Aspley centre and I bowl with another woman who is 85.”
And why does Judy bowl? “It’s the exercise and I just love it,” she says. “It is something to help break up the week too.”
Along the way there has been some competitive success with Judy being named the Ladies Masters Runner-up and Kedron Masters Restricted Runner-up in 1998.
Judy is a great advocate of the game and encourages others to have a go. “There is nothing like the feeling of walking back to your seat after knocking down all ten pins,” she says. “I am still passionate about bowling and being active. I hope to be bowling for years to come.”
Music is another great love of the couple who attend a Morning Melodies program each Monday. We have been going there for years and really enjoy it,” Judy says.
Continuing to pursue your interests, like Judy does, is about more than just joy. The Australian Government website headtohealth.gov.au states that “Spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression.” It also says activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed while group activities like team sports can improve your communication skills and relationships with others.
Like Judy, you can continue to follow your passions, hobbies or club involvement. And we can help you with transport to do just that! Or perhaps you want to join our Jubilee Wanderers activities program. Either way we can help. Phone our office for more information on 3871 3220.