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Games honour Chris's father

SPECIAL GAME: Chris Thomas (right) and Ipswich Bowls Club member Daniel Knight take a break in their game.
SPECIAL GAME: Chris Thomas (right) and Ipswich Bowls Club member Daniel Knight take a break in their game. David Nielsen

IT WAS raining a bit and the crowd could all fit on one sheltered seat, but the bowls game they were watching was something special.

The 104-year-old Ipswich Bowls Club at Queens Park has played its part in what Victorian Chris Thomas hopes will be a significant world record.

When Mr Thomas's father died, he wanted to so something in his honour.

Fate intervened for the long-time Cobram Bowls Club member.

"My father died last Christmas; we buried him on Christmas Eve," Mr Thomas said during the game.

"I've played bowls for 20 years and I heard about another bloke who started setting a record for the most number of games played in a year and thought that was a good idea.

"Then I thought I could use it as a way to raise money for prostate cancer research. I thought it would be a good way to see the country as well.

"The other bloke started in January; I've only been going a month so I'll see what he comes up with and try to beat it. I've played 110 so far."

He was in Ipswich on Friday, aiming to play all four clubs in the city, starting with the historic Ipswich Bowls Club.

Club president Darryl Knight said as well as providing an opponent for Chris - his nephew Daniel Knight - the club had donated $100 and was raising more money.

Mr Thomas said he was trying to raise $20,000 by selling Cancer Council t-shirts and passing around a collection tin.

He said he wasn't keeping count of the games he won and lost, but reckoned playing in different conditions would help improve his game.

Chris sends down a bowl.
Chris sends down a bowl. David Nielsen

Topics:  chris thomas, prostate cancer



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