Bowlers during the offical opening of the 10 th Fiji Airways Sunnywest Bowling Carnival at the Nadi Sports and Social Club on Thursday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
Thirty nine overseas players participated in the 10th Fiji Airways Sunnywest Bowling Carnival which got underway at the Nadi Sports and Social Club yesterday.
Two senior bowlers Spencer Tate, 84, from Western Australia, John Goodwin, co-founder Graeme Kath wife Kerry, David Harrison, Steve Rice, Harun Khan, Herb Haines, Yvonne Peckham and Eric Williams will be mixing up with the locals.
Fiji Airways general manager operations Pradeep Singh, who officiated at the event, said the national airline is proud to be part of the event for the fourth consecutive year.
“This is the 10th anniversary and we thank those who are behind the event,”Singh said.
“We are proud to be supporting this carnival.
“We are behind this event just like other events where we want to make sure to give back to the community.
He added bowling may not be a major event but attracts a lot of attention.
“Having 39 bowlers from is overseas is a testament of the popularity of the event.”
Tournament chairman Rick Eyre said the Fijian bowling community is hosting yet another week of fun, relaxation, and more bowling in the sun.
“Make the most of it and soak up the moments of camaraderie as they go by very fast, all the best to bowlers.”
Nadi Sports Club president Mike Jamieson said the bowling facility is one of the best in the country.
“We have one of the best bowling venues in Fiji. We have hosted many tournaments and home to some of the country’s top players,” he said.
The major sponsor for the carnival are Fiji Airways, Fiji Gas, and Smugglers Beach Cove Resort, co-sponsors are Graeme and Jerry Kath, Capricorn Hotel, FIJI Water, Coca-Cola Amatil and Captain Cook Cruises.
The competition continues today.