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Peniguel sets sights on world record

Frank Peniquel wants to set a new world record for the most lawn bowls clubs played at by an individual.

LUKE MCMANUS February 12, 2014 4:05am

Frank Peniguel is hoping to create a Guinness World Record.

Frank Peniguel hopes to inspire current and future generations of lawn bowlers by setting a new world record.

Peniguel arrived in Echuca-Moama yesterday as part of a self-funded journey around eastern Australia, in which the 70-year-old will attempt to create a new record for ‘‘the most lawn bowls clubs played at by an individual in 12 months’’.

According to Guinness World Records, Peniguel is the first person to attempt such a feat and needs to visit a minimum of only 50 clubs to claim the honour.

Peniguel ticked off club number 43 yesterday afternoon after completing the mandatory 10 ends at Rich River Bowls Club, before heading off and doing it all again at Moama Bowling Club.

While tempting as it is to stop at 50, Peniguel’s trip is far from finished, with the Daylesford resident setting his sights on 900 clubs.

‘‘I’m hoping to leave a legacy,’’ Peniguel said.

‘‘Sixteen per cent of bowlers over 70 stop playing each year and they’re not being replaced.

‘‘I want to take the opportunity to highlight that statistic so we can replace ourselves before we finish up and go to the big bias in the sky.’’

Peniguel’s journey began on January 10 and will take him across five states (Victoria, Tasmania, NSW, Queensland and South Australia) reaching as far as Cooktown before returning through ACT and finishing at his home club in Daylesford on January 9, 2015.

Peniguel aims to bowl, on average barring ‘‘weather, illness and events out of my control’’, four times a day, including Saturday and Sundays and said the trip would cost him about $20,000.

For the record to count, Peniguel requires photo evidence and two witnesses to sign paperwork at every stop.

People can follow Peniguel on his journey by reading his blog

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