Sam Crow flies into yet another sport

By AARON KELLY

YEPPOON'S Sam Crow calls himself a quiet-achiever on the lawn bowls greens.

But that didn't stop Crow, 76, from adding another title to his growing list this week.

Crow and Arthur Butler were crowned the 2005 Central Queensland District Men's Bowling Association (CQDMBA) veterans pairs champions.

The Yeppoon combination enjoyed wins over defending champions North Rockhampton, Rockhampton and then Victoria Park in the final.

Crow not only won this year's title, but he has also conquered bowel cancer and continues to fight an uphill battle with a leaking valve in his heart.

Lawn bowls has provided the perfect cure for Crow after taking up the sport in 1998.

"I knocked off work when I was 70 and started bowls. "In 1999, I won the veterans singles ? I had a charmed year,'' Crow said.

The former carpenter, born and bred in Bundaberg, has been based on the Capricorn Coast for the past 35 years after "working all over the place''.

The well-liked Yeppoon bowler excelled on the tennis court and cricket field in his high school days at Nudgee College, captaining the first XI cricket team before later representing Dalby and Bundaberg.

Bowls now keeps Crow pretty busy, spending most of his time "down at the club''.

"It's the only thing I've got left ? I love the game,'' said Crow, who lost his wife Gloria last October.

CQDMBA publicity officer Ron Graff said Crow's heart problem had not stopped him from playing great bowls and attacking the head when down.



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