Former British javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread MBE visited Risbygate Sports Club in Bury St Edmunds earlier this month.
The former European and World Champion, who is a two time Olympic medal winner — bronze in Los Angeles 1984 and silver in Seoul 1988 — visited the club to have a look at the facilities on November 13.
General manager Patrick Lewis said: “Fatima was extremely impressed by this hidden gem of a facility”.
He said that the club has one of the best outdoor bowls greens in the region, alongside four tennis courts and a practice court, and an area to play petanque. There is also a four rink bowling green indoors, as well as two squash courts, changing rooms and shower facilities.
And, for the more leisurely, the clubhouse is fitted out with two bars — each with its own lounge area — which is available for hire by organisations or individuals for meetings, wedding reception and parties.
On February 18, 2018 the club will host the Risbygate Masters Indoor Bowls tournament — fast becoming a must play event for world class champion bowls players.