‘Apathy’ prompts Jensen to quit

Bowls Manawatu’s executive is on the verge of disintegration with president Tony Jensen signalling he has had enough.

Jensen said he will be pulling the plug come the annual meeting in July and at least three others are expected to follow him.

Everything boiled over at the Palmerston North Bowling Club on Sunday when eight of the centre’s 16 clubs failed to turn up to a Bowls Manawatu special general meeting.

Jensen said he felt “personally insulted” because the clubs had had plenty of notice about the meeting and had been emailed reminders on Friday. He interpreted it as a vote of no-confidence from the clubs.

“They can do it without me,” Jensen said. “Apathy is the only word to describe it.”

He had taken over as president in November after the death of Maggie May and by the annual meeting will have served two years on the executive.

The special meeting was convened to make a change so members of the executive could be appointed or elected on merit rather than having to be club delegates, effectively to remove roadblocks.

“This was the first of the changes we needed to take the game forward, and it drew a blank,” Jensen said.

“It all revolved around one thing. It was precluding us from getting the best people involved.

“You try to do good for the game but if the game doesn’t want to go with you, you can’t do anything.”

Vice-president Brian Looker..”

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