Seven bowls clubs down, 893 to go in world record bid

DAYLESFORD man Frank Peniguel has hit the road on a journey around the country in an effort to set a Guinness World Record.

The 70-year-old was in Ballarat this week as part of an attempt to set a record for the most lawn bowls clubs played at by an individual in 12 months.

He was at Buninyong Bowls Club yesterday, the seventh club on his journey, which began on January 10.

Mr Peniguel said he had invested plenty of time and money into the project which he hoped would encourage others to jump on board the sport he is so passionate about.

“Before I turned 70 I decided it would be more fun just to retire from my part-time position and leave a legacy,” he said.

“I am so passionate about it.

“Originally I wanted to make a documentary but I thought it would be too expensive, and then I thought this would be a great way to promote bowls.”

The trip has taken Mr Peniguel 14 months to organise. Playing at up to three clubs a day, he expects to spend the next two months in Victoria before jetting off in his Volkswagen Kombi to Tasmania and back up the coast to Cooktown in Queensland.

“It’s just a different way of promoting bowls," he said.

“The biggest objective is to get younger people involved.

"The biggest objective is to get younger people involved"

“Sixteen per cent of bowlers over 70 years stop playing. 

“I want to get every bowler over 70 to replace themselves.

“If you don’t, you will lose 16 per cent of our bowlers each year.”

Mr Peniguel is set to finish his venture in Daylesford in 360 days.

“This hasn’t been attempted before," he said.

“I would be happy to reach a minimum of 600 clubs but I would love to get to 900,” he said.

“I look forward to meeting the craziest people.

“Every club has its own tale.”