13 Mar 2014

Sport: Lawn bowls on the rise is Niue

10:23 am on 13 March 2014

Lawn bowls is experiencing a surge of interest in Niue with just a few months to go until the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The sport contributed 12 of the country's 24 athletes at the last Games in Delhi four years ago with an even split between those living on the Rock and those based in New Zealand.

The President of the Niue Olympic Association, Desmond Hipa, was involved in setting up the Niue Lawn Bowls club back in December and says they're getting up to 50 people getting involved each week.

"We've got a lot of interest from the women, those young and also the elderly enjoying it and there's some exercise and recreation at the same time. [It's] still new but we've been represented mainly from the Niueans living in Auckland for the past ten years so now we have our own greens the guys are just [as] competitive here. We're hoping to build up the sport and be more competitive as well as trying to get some international team to just come over and just have a few games with us over here".

Niue also plans to send athletes in clay target shooting, track and field and weightlifting to the Glasgow Games.