Sydney Rams Tenpin Bowling Club Inc reached its 40th anniversary in May, marking a remarkable milestone for Australia’s longest-standing and largest LGBTQI Tenpin Bowling League.
In the lead-up to Wear It Purple Day this Friday, 25th August, Emily Rennes, Tenpin Bowling Australia’s Diversity & Inclusion Programs Manager, had a chat with Norman Mitchell, the Secretary of the Sydney Rams Club, about this exciting achievement and the road ahead.
Established within the gay community back in 1983, the Sydney Rams openly embrace individuals of all genders and sexual orientations. This spirit of inclusivity aligns perfectly with Tenpin Bowling Australia’s values, as they aim to create an environment where no one ever feels excluded. As TBA geared up for this year’s Wear It Purple Day, themed “Write your story”, the sentiment resonated strongly with the Sydney Rams.
The Rams league operates with teams of three players, utilizing score handicaps to level the playing field and give everyone an equal shot at victory. Whether you’re a seasoned bowler or just starting out, the league extends a warm welcome to all. Alongside its league activities based at Manhattan Superbowl, the club boasts a vibrant social calendar, with the upcoming highlight being the Annual Charity Bingo Night on this weekend – Saturday, August 26th, 2023.
The Charity Bingo Night is not only an evening of fun but also a fundraiser for ANZUP Cancer Trials (https://anzup.org.au), an organisation dedicated to identifying gaps in clinical evidence through collaboration with top-notch clinicians and researchers. The event will also pay tribute to Steven Guy, a beloved Rams bowler who sadly passed away earlier this year. The night’s festivities include around $4K worth of Bingo prizes, generously donated by Sydney Rams Tenpin bowling teams and sponsors. While raffle tickets will be available on the night, the best way to secure your spot is to book a table through [email protected] or by visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/297626112768400.
And the excitement doesn’t end there! Sydney Rams proudly hosted a Pride tournament at Manhattan Superbowl earlier this year as part of World Pride. Among the club’s achievements, Mick Towle, one of the bowlers, scored a perfect 300 game. The social calendar also includes events like “Bring A Buddy” nights, held three times annually, and a member Picnic each year. The club engages in an Annual Tenpin challenge, pitting their skills against the Maccabi NSW Tenpin Bowling Club.
Bowling sessions take place on Monday nights starting at 8 pm, and the club warmly welcomes new members to join the fold. To find out more, feel free to reach out via email at [email protected].