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VIDEO: By Scots, he's almost got a Guinness World Record

FRANK Peniguel's quest to bowl himself into the Guinness World Records brought him to Rockhampton yesterday.

Frank aims to play 700 games of lawn bowls in 12 months at clubs across the country.

So far this year the outgoing and active Victorian has played more than 355 games.

"I started playing on January 10," the 71-year-old said yesterday before taking to the green at the North Rockhampton Bowls Club.

"I was in the shower one morning when I came up with the idea. So I bought an old kombi van and did it up."

While there was no record yet in this field, Frank hoped he'd set a good mark for the future.

Although bowls is a relaxed sport, there's not much spare time left for Frank, a one-man show.

"I expect to do 700 games," he said.

"I've got to push it a bit but, if I get to 600 to 700, I'll be happy. I aim to play three games a day for six days a week but sometimes the weather doesn't allow it."

Formerly in TV and film, advertising and retail for many years, the retired Frank said his knack for playing bowls had definitely improved.

"I started playing one-in-seven and then I went to one-in-five, and my objective is to get to one-in-three," Frank said.

"It's been a great adventure and I think it's a legacy important for lawn bowls and to get the young ones involved."

DID YOU KNOW

Some quirky facts about lawn bowls:

As with golf, the game of bowls, with more or less the same world-wide laws, owes its existence to the Scots.

The most famous story in lawn bowls is about Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada.

On July 19, 1588, Drake was involved in a game at Plymouth when he was notified that the Spanish Armada had been sighted. The tale says his response was, "There is plenty of time to win the game and thrash the Spaniards too". He then proceeded to finish his match and the British Navy soundly defeated the Armada.

An estimated 296,000 Australian men and women play bowls.

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