Most of them are not paid, nor do they expect it. Their contribution to the success is at most times their reward.
But there is one aspect of each tournament that at some stage triggers a reaction in the mind of an organiser. So few people say thank you.
It happened recently at the end of the All Cape tournament in Cape Town. It will probably also happen to the organisers of the two national events taking place at this moment.
How many of the players in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth right now will take the trouble on Sunday to say “thank you” to those people who set up the whole affair? Very few, I guess, if past performance is to be considered.
It’s a pity to say it, but given recent examples, few of the bowlers of South Africa make that little effort to thank those who put it all together.
And I do not say the thanks should go only to the organisers. What about the sponsors who have put hard earned money on the line? What of the clubs that provided all the facilities, the good greens, the catering and those who gave the ear when anyone had a complaint? What about Bowls South Africa, under whose aegis all bowls in the country is played?
It is correct that thanks are always given at the closing ceremonies of events, but that is a generalisation, not a personal thing that would be more appreciated.
Come on South Africa’s bowlers. Take some time to say thank