GOSNELLS bowler Rob Gibbons has always loved his sport.
It is his love and passion for sport that has led him to volunteer for various sporting organisations in just about every sporting code you could think of.
He received recognition when he was named the Bowls WA Volunteer of the Year at the Bowls WA awards night last month for his work at Gosnells Bowling Club.
The 75-year-old holds various positions in the club, including partnership co-|ordinator and vice-president, as well as running the corporate bowls events and hosting Friday night dinners.
“With sport, you meet people, very good people, from all walks of life,” he said.
“If you get out and volunteer, there is a return from the people.
“If you look at what I do, I am just as busy as when I was working.”
He is also a volunteer with the Fremantle Dockers, working with school children and holding the sponsors’ banner at quarter and three-quarter time at games.
It is not just the bowling club that has had the services of Mr Gibbons.
He has umpired and coached Australian Rules football, been the president of the Veterans Softball Club and coached netball, soccer, water polo and rugby.
When it comes to bowls, Mr Gibbons said he was an improving player and had moved up two levels in the five years since he has been there.
“I have never been a champion of sport but the involvement in my life is more important to being a champion,” he said.
“My first priority is not necessarily the game, but my first priority is the club.”