THE only regret Lawn Tennis' Martin Brown has with his lawn bowls career is not starting it earlier.
The 67-year-old Koroit resident, who is in his first season with Lawn Tennis after seven years at Koroit, started playing when he was 60 but wished he had committed to joining earlier.
"I put it off thinking I was never old enough for lawn bowls," the former Geelong resident, who moved to the south-west with his wife Jennifer after retiring, said.
"But the reality is that when you start it is just so enjoyable and the best lawn bowlers are young and they start young.
"So that was something I learnt and thought maybe I could have started sooner."
The retired accountant said he could have joined anytime in the 10 years after he gave competitive sport, which was racquetball at the time.
Brown said the sport had provided he and Jennifer with a social outing after they moved west.
"The people are terrific and you talk to your opponents on the day it's good, even though you still try to win it's still a social event and you get to meet people from around town," he said.
"We didn't know anyone when we moved to Koroit and we have met lots of people through bowls."
Brown was recently promoted to Lawn Tennis' division one side and is currently one of their skips.
The club secretary said the team was focusing on avoiding relegation after a poor start to the Western District Bowls Division 2019/20 top grade pennant season.
"That's our first objective as we haven't really had a successful start to the season so far," he said.
"There are more men playing midweek pennant than there use to be and that is strengthening all the teams and we are finding the competition tough.
"It is still enjoyable but the objective for the division one team is to avoid relegation."
Brown said the club's division two and one of its third tier sides, who are sitting third and fourth respectively on their grade's ladder, are putting pressure on players in the top grade team to perform.
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