Volunteer in Focus | Alan Clarke 

by Billy Johnson

We’re putting the spotlight on some of our volunteers to highlight the incredible work they do within our sport. First up is current State Umpires Committee member Alan Clarke (Mudgee). We caught up with Alan to ask him about his experiences as a volunteer.

Current Roles & Certifications

  • State Umpires Committee Member (since 2021)
  • National Umpire (since 2011)
  • Chair of Zone Umpires Committee (since 2021)
  • Bowls Australia Accredited Presenter & Assessor (since 2015)
  • Club Coach (since 2014)

How do you view your role as a volunteer?

“My primary role as a volunteer is to educate my fellow bowlers and ensure the longevity of the sport of bowls at all levels.”

Why do you volunteer?

“When I first started bowls I received very little guidance, so it made me determined to provide that guidance for other people taking up the sport. I want to make sure that newer bowlers understand the game and are confident when they first get out onto the greens.”

What do you get out of volunteering personally?

“Enjoyment and satisfaction, particularly when you can see newer bowlers growing in confidence and ability as they learn to play. There isn’t a much better feeling than that!”

You’ve been nominated for ‘Official of the Year’ by Bowls Australia, how do you feel about the nomination?

“Astonishment! I’m amazed and  feel privileged that someone thought enough of my role as an accredited Official, Presenter & Assessor and a member of the State Umpires Committee to nominate me for Official of the Year.”

Well done Alan, and thank you for all that you do for our sport!