PEOPLE retire from their chosen sport for a variety of reasons but mostly because their body is sending them signs.
In Jean Bell’s case it was only recently that her body told her she should give up the sport she has loved and played for more than 50 years.
Jean just celebrated her 103rd birthday with a small gathering with family and friends at the Brothers Leagues Club and announced she had decided that she is finally giving the game of bowls away.
She has been playing bowls for more than 50 years and only last year played in the Cunningham District Division Four Preliminary Final.
The Ipswich Bowls Club at Queens Park has been her second home where she has not only played but held numerous positions within the club.
Jean through her tireless work around the club was honoured with a life membership.
Quietly spoken Jean is still active and is now seeking a less stressful hobby to keep her occupied.
Jean puts her longevity down to working hard, maintaining a healthy diet and an active lifestyle and “always keeping busy”.
“I like being active. As the old saying goes, you either use it or lose it. I don’t feel any older, I just feel the same,” Jean says.
Jean is the proud matriarch of 20 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.