Many years ago the idea of playing lawn bowls intrigued me but I only imagined doing so later in life. This intention was fulfilled last October but did the delay in taking up the game make any sense? Without doubt the challenges presented by lawn bowls are appealing to young and old alike. It is also clear that if you want to compete at the highest level an early start is desirable – the top players are generally younger than the average lawn bowler. On the other hand, if you are still young and fit enough to play a more active sport, such as tennis, then for the sake of cardiovascular fitness surely it is better to do so. Nevertheless, you may have a more natural aptitude for lawn bowls than for other sports. To find out if that is the case I would recommend giving lawn bowls a go sooner rather than later. Full fitness can always be maintained by other means.