Just Living the Good Life

One of the oldest competitors in this year’s Alice Springs Masters Games is celebrating her birthday today.

Jose Bohn turns an impressive 93.

She said there wasn’t really a secret to her longevity.

“I just live. I do things. I enjoy life,” she said.

“I don’t know what it is … I worried when I had to, and if I didn’t have to worry – I just enjoyed it.”

The mother of nine is among 139 participants celebrating birthdays during the Games week.

The lawn bowler, hailing from Foster in Victoria, is making her Alice Springs Masters Games debut this year.

Her involvement in the Games was prompted after her son, Andrew, moved to Alice Springs about 12 months ago with his wife.

“He said ‘mum we’ve got a golf and bowls tournament and you’ve got to come up and play’,” she said.

“It gives me something to do while they are at work.”

Jose said her mother lived until she was 104 years old by “just living her life”.

Jose has had a couple of rolls on the Memo Club green, which she described as “magnificent”.

But she said she hasn’t had much luck so far.

“If I put a good bowl in, someone else takes it out … but that’s bowls,” she said.

“It isn’t winning that counts, it’s the way you enjoy it.”

Jose first played bowls in 1954 on black rubber dust at her local bowls club.

“It was all right until there was a wind, and then it went a little bit wavy and the men would go out and wipe it over with chaff bags,” she said.

Jose said she would happily spend today umpiring at the lawn bowls.