An upcoming Veteran and Family Bowls Day will bring veterans from across the Mid North Coast together in Port Macquarie.
The event run by Veteran Sport Australia, Bowls Australia and Port City Bowling Club is promoting the physical and mental health benefits associated with the sport of bowls.
Veterans of all ages and their families are being encouraged to attend the inclusive, free event, to be held at Port City Bowling Club on February 7. Previous events have been held in Newcastle, Sydney and Ballina.
Veteran Sports Australia engagement specialist Rachel Kerrigan, a veteran from the Mid North Coast said the event at Port City Bowling Club would be a fun day of bowls, free food, laughs and the chance to form new relationships within the veteran community.
"Bowls is a really great sport for all ages and abilities, with regular competitions and social connections, on and off the green, and a perfect vehicle to help build physical and mental health among veterans and their wider families," Ms Kerrigan said.
"It's not always the first sport that comes to mind, but it is such a fun way for veterans and their families to participate in and create a healthy social and active community."
Army veteran and recent attendee of the Newcastle event, John Ward said it introduced his family to an inclusive activity that has brought them closer together.
"Bowls is a great family fun-filled sport everyone will enjoy; our family had a wonderful day and highly recommend it to everyone. We have been back and played as a family multiple times since that day," he said.
The Veteran Family Bowls Day in Port Macquarie will be held on Sunday, February 7, with bowls activities from 11am to 1pm, followed by free lunch from 1pm.
"I encourage any veteran and members of their families to come along to meet like-minded people and learn a new skill to keep fit and healthy," Ms Kerrigan said.
"It's great to see local community organisations coming together to realise the vision of establishing a veteran community based around sport, family and mateship. It is becoming a reality in the Hunter region and we would love to see it happen in more areas."