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Old timer Terry is bowled over.

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A FORMER world champion is being forced to quit as a top bowls coach at the age of 65 - even though most of his pupils are OLDER than him.

Bowls players are furious ace Terry Sullivan will have to retire from his job coaching the game for golden oldies.

Terry, world indoor champion in 1985, has coached at Swansea Leisure Centre for 11 years.

But he was told it is council policy to retire employees at 65, even if they spend their time playing a gentle sport like bowls.

Angry bowls players coached by Terry have branded the decision a "disgrace".

Hundreds are being urged to sign a petition calling for Terry to carry on.

Regular bowler Alan Cawley, 64, said: "This decision is ridiculous. If there's one sport people carry on playing for years it must be bowls.

"Frankly, I'm furious at the way Terry is being treated.

"He is one of the top bowls coaches in Britain.

"I wouldn't think a younger coach would be half as effective as Terry."

Terry, who won his world title in Australia, said: "I would have liked to have stayed on as I love the job.

"But I'm well aware of the council's policy and have to accept their decision."

If the bid to re-instate Terry fails he will return to the centre...as a player.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 7, 2000
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