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Former national team athlete Alex Scott opens up about his lifelong love affair with the sport of bowls in this special Valentine’s Day edition of Biased Bowls.

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We all remember our first love. Whether it was another human, a pet, somethingyou found on the internet, it was there, and it was majestic, and it made youfeel strange. That was kind of like my feeling towards Lawn Bowls.

When I was younger, I was a quiet, polite, mischievousand cheeky kid that loved gangster rap music. I also loved Bowls. My pals wouldpoke fun at me as they played hockey, basketball, soccer and pulled offmind-numbing kickflips on their skateboards. They’d say, “You play Bowls? Whydo you play that, guy?”. I’ll tell you why my friends, for it is one of myeternal loves. Sometimes it hurt me so much that I almost quit and other timesthe love was so evident that I needed more. That’s BOWLS baby.

It was Summer 1997 when I entered my first Saskatchewan JuniorProvincials. Nutana Lawn Bowling Club was beaming with sunshine and pride.There were about a dozen competitors, and I wondered if I was in over my head. Bythe time Sunday came along, however, I was being presented with a hilariouslylarge provincial team jacket and a trip to PEI for the Junior Nationals. Whatis love, you ask? It’s Bowls baby.

Let’s fast forward to 2007. Back on the East Coast in PEI for theUnder-25s. Karaoke bars, cheap lobsters and friends from all over Canada. Oh,yes…that’s Bowls baby.

2008- Hong Kong! We were ready for a potential playoff run… just had tobeat Zimbabwe. We were up five coming home after all! Do you think we did it? ABSOLUTELYNOT. Dropped a six and shanked everything. Game over Canada. Baby, don’t hurtme…no more.

2008- Australia! Playing on 17 second greens for the first time ever?Very problematic! You know what wasn’t problematic? The life-long memories ofmeeting people from all over the world. That’s Bowls baby.

2013. Heartbreak Hotel. I doubted as to whether Iwould ever win a Canadian Championship. Doubt if I would maintain my passionfor the game. Baby, don’t hurt me… no more.

2017- My 3rd Canadian Championship Gold in4 years. Now that’s Bowls baby.

The memories, life-lasting friendships, heartbreak, success,perseverance, passion, practice, coaching, travelling, being on a board,helping your local clubs, generating meaningful dialogue on social mediaplatforms, challenging the current systems, challenging yourself and what youwant to become. That’s Bowls baby. Actually…that’s LOVE baby!

As we celebrate this intimate and sexy 14th day of February,remember why you are involved in Bowls. We all have those moments of perfectclarity paired with complete and utter agony. But that’s LOVE baby.

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Every single person has their own journey to go on. Just make sure youkeep on truckin’, for there will be many times you’ll be awful close but notquite there.

So, if you find yourself aimlessly huckin’ some Size 5 HenseliteClassics down an 8.7-second green- just pump some ‘Haddaway,’ crank that headside to side and realize…