Community profile: Oncologist and lawn bowler Stephen Della-Fiorentina

WORK-LIFE BALANCE: When oncologist Associate Professor Stephen Della-Fiorentina isn't treating patients with cancer, he's switching off by playing competitive lawn bowls at Bowral Bowling Club. Photo: Emily Bennett

WORK-LIFE BALANCE: When oncologist Associate Professor Stephen Della-Fiorentina isn't treating patients with cancer, he's switching off by playing competitive lawn bowls at Bowral Bowling Club. Photo: Emily Bennett

Sometimes a game of lawn bowls is just what the doctor ordered for Associate Professor Stephen Della-Fiorentina.

When the oncologist isn’t treating patients with cancer and fulfilling his role as director of the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, he switches off by playing competitive lawn bowls.

Della-Fiorentina, a former cricket player who started playing lawn bowls in the mid ‘90s in Hornsby, said the sport complemented his working life well. “It’s got parallels – you’ve got to communicate with people as well as improve, train and mentor people,” Della-Fiorentina said. “Out here [on the green] the rest of the world is somewhere else.”

Della-Fiorentina has also taken up the role as vice president of the zone and member of the lawn bowls match committee.

The zone covers a vast area from Wentworth Falls, Windsor and Blacktown to Crookwell, Taralga and the Southern Highlands.

He said his overall involvement with the lawn bowls community has allowed him to meet people from all walks of life. “A bowling club is a melting pot,” he said. “Give it a go. It’s a fun game, it’s social and you can be as competitive as you want.”

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