Sam honoured for dedication to bowls

DEDICATED: Harold ‘Sam’ Clough of Cessnock received the Order of Australia Medal for his service to lawn bowls. Picture: KRYSTAL SELLARS

There wouldn’t be many people in the Hunterlawn bowls community who haven’t come across Harold ‘Sam’ Clough.

Mr Clough(who was given the nickname Sam by a workmate when he was about 15 years old)will receivethe Order of Australia Medal for his service to lawn bowls.

He took up the sportin 1971and has held numerous roles at local, state and national level over the years.

Hewas a nationalselector from 2009 to2014 andis currently thenational bowls ranking system administrator, overseeing200 events and 3000 players.

He has also been a Justice of the Peacesince 1969 and a member of Cessnock Lions Club since 1977 (when he first moved to the town).

“If I become involved in anything I become 100 percent involved,” he said.

“200 per cent,” his wife Beryl chimes in.

A father-of-three, with four grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Mr Clough says a great deal of family support has helped him along the way.

Winning the Australian championship in 1981 was a personal highlight, while Australia’s efforts at the 2012 world championships –where the team won five gold and two silver medals from eight events –was another memorable moment.

Mentoring the next generation of lawn bowlers is what maintains his interest and involvement in thesport.

“Bowls is very strong in Australia, there are lots of young players coming through,” Mr Clough, 72, said.

“The average age of the Australian lawn bowls team is actually younger than the Australian cricket team.”

Mr Clough started playing lawn bowls at Singleton in 1971 and was vice-president of that club for two years, before moving ontoNational Park Bowling Club in Newcastle, where he also held the position of vice-president.

Mr Clough movedto Cessnock in 1977, worked for CBC Bank and in purchasing forthe mining industry, before retiringin 1999.

He is the patron ofEast Cessnock Bowling Club and hasserved as vice-president,delegate to Hunter District andchairman of selectors among other roles.

He is also patron of the Hunter District Bowls Association, having represented Zones 2 and 6 on 302 occasions from 1976 to 2002.

He chaired the BowlsNSW selection panel from 2006 to 2009, was a state representative from 1982 to 1986,and wasan assessor and judge for the NSW and AustralianHall of Fame.

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