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2016-17 bowls australia

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State and territory association contacts Bowls ACT Phone: (02) 6257 3560 Fax: (02) 6108 3557

Bowls WA Phone: (08) 9340 0800 Fax: (08) 9242 1866

Bowls NT Phone: 0423 619 879

Women’s Bowls NSW Phone: (02) 9267 7155 Fax: (02) 9267 7254


Bowls QLD Phone: (07) 3355 9988 Fax: (07) 3855 0010

Bowls new south wales Phone: (02) 9283 4555 Fax: (02) 9283 4252

Bowls SA Phone: (08) 8234 7544 Fax: (08) 8351 8220

bowls Victoria Phone: (03) 9861 7100 Fax: (03) 9819 5453

Bowls TAS Ph: 03 6331 7436 Fax: 03 6344 7435

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bowls australia ceo and president’s report......................................................................................................................... 4 Australian Sports Commission message................................................................................................................................... 8 STATE AND TERRITORY ASSOCIATIONS.......................................................................................................................................................... 11 BOWLS AUSTRALIA board...............................................................................................................................................................................................10 BOWLS AUSTRALIA COMMITTEES & STAFF............................................................................................................................................... 12 HONOUR ROLL......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................16 AUSTRALIAN high performance SQUADS...................................................................................................................................... 20 HIGH PERFORMANCE report............................................................................................................................................................................................ 22 events and competitions report..................................................................................................................................................................26 awards night report............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 30 PARTICIPATION report............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 34 regional bowls manager report. ............................................................................................................................................................... 38

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brand new - rebrand....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 40 commercial operations report...................................................................................................................................................................... 42 Finance report................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 44 Partners..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 75

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President’s and CEO’s report As President and CEO of Bowls Australia (BA), it gives us great pleasure to write a joint report highlighting the organisation’s achievements and successes from 2016/17, and to express our gratitude and appreciation to the numerous individuals and organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of Bowls in Australia over this period.

There have been many highlights over the period, but the following milestones were particularly significant:

Bowls in Australia Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020

• Bowls was ungraded to the status of “Foundation” sport as recognised by the Australian Sports Commission;

In collaboration with the STAs, BA facilitated the creation of the Bowls in Australia Strategic Plan 2017-2022. A new vision, common purpose, our values and strategic priorities and projects were created for this period.

• An increase in participation of Bowls in Australia from 2015 to 2016 by 1.7% to 633,865; • The continued successful delivery of national participation programs – Jack Attack and Jr. Jack Attack;

A strategic forum facilitated by Mike McLaughlin featuring over 70 representatives from across the sport of Bowls and outside, gathered in April 2017 to prepare the plan. It was very encouraging to have an address by the new Australian Sports Commission CEO Kate Palmer who outlined her vision for Australian sport and the focus areas that sporting organisations need to tackle into the future. A number of working parties and committees involving representatives of BA, STAs and external individuals will be formed to deliver the initiatives and projects outlined in this Plan.

• The Australian Jackaroos’ exceptional performances at the 2016 World Bowls Championships; • The highly successful staging of the Australian Open and two Bowls Premier League events; • Over 500 teams entered nationwide in the inaugural BPL Cup; • The second season of the sport’s free-to-air TV program “The Bowls Show” with 20 episodes on SBS and SBS on demand; • Over $10,000 allocated to clubs from the BA Disaster Relief Fund. During the year, a number of clubs in NSW and Queensland were affected by natural disasters. The following Clubs received funds from the BA Disaster Relief Fund in the wake of Cyclone Debbie: • Condong Bowling Club - $5,000.00 • Mudgeeraba Bowls Club - $2,500.00 • Lismore City Bowling Club - $1,500.00 • South Lismore Bowling Club - $500.00 • Nimbin Bowling Sport Recreation Club Ltd - $330.00

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High Performance

Participation of Bowls in Australia increased by 1.7% from 2015 to 2016, which saw total participation increase 10,584 to 623,281. Social Bowls is the most popular format of the sport with 389,249, while 210,717 play in pennant or more formal competitions.

The Australian Jackaroos team performance at the 2016 World Bowls Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand was the best ever by the Australian Bowls team abroad in a World Championship. They secured five gold medals and seven medals in total which was testimony to the great coaching and preparation of the team under the guidance of National Coach Steve Glasson OAM.

Four new Regional Bowls Managers (RBMs) joined BA during the 2016-17 year, making a total of 18 RBMs operating across Australia; Scot Nicholson, James Berriman, Craig Donaldson and Avon Collis.

The team also successfully retained the Trans-Tasman trophy over New Zealand. A test series against England was held at Broadbeach Bowls Club on the Gold Coast and the Australian Jackeroos had a comprehensive victory as preparations gear up for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

BA’s participation program Jack Attack continues to be popular and it is exciting to report an increase in registered clubs, with now over 150 Bowls clubs involved across Australia. BA’s junior participation program Jr. Jack Attack has enabled Bowls to continue to be part of the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Sporting Schools Program, which provides funding for schools to select a sport, of which bowls is one of 32. Over 264 Jr. Jack Attack kits were sold to Bowls clubs and schools during this period.

Preparations for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games continued to be the major focus for the team and staff in 2016 and 2017. Following the 2016 World Championship, a comprehensive review was undertaken by independent consultant Mike McLaughlin and following Board approval, the implementation of these recommendations has commenced.

The BPL Cup was launched during the year and over 500 teams entered in this inaugural nationwide knockout event vying for the chance to represent their state/territory in the national final to be played at Club Pine Rivers at BPL06 in November 2017

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President’s and CEO’s report continued Events

Commercial Development

The Australian Open attracted an increase in participants of 13% with over 1,932 participants visiting the Gold Coast region for 14 days of competition. The final two days of competition were showcased with live Fox Sports broadcasted action and large crowds in attendance. We would like to express our appreciation to Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast personnel who assisted with the planning and staging of this event.

pleasing that a number of existing sponsors re-committed to BA, including Sky Sports NZ, BCiB and RDNS. New event hosting agreements (both for three years) were negotiated with Yorke Peninsula Alliance, Copper Coast, South Australia (Australian Senior Sides Championship) and Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW (Australian Championships). BA and the STAs continued to work closely on the delivery of the Bowls Connect program in partnership with our technology provider the Sports Technology Group (STG).

Another highlight on the national stage was the fourth staging of the Bowls Premier League at Club Pine Rivers in Queensland. Three months later BPL06 was staged for the first time in New Zealand on a portable show-rink placed inside a basketball stadium. This was a ground breaking move for the sport and congratulations go to the BCiB Sydney Lions for winning both Bowls Premier League titles on offer during this period.

A national tender for the next iteration of Bowls Connect was conducted with a view for the successful company to launch the next version in July, 2018. Thanks must go to the national tender panel for their collaboration on this project. The National Merchandising Program continues to perform well and it must be noted that all proceeds are used to help fund the national RBM program, who provide direct support and assistance to Bowls Clubs across Australia.

The Australian Indoor Championship (Tweed Heads BC, NSW), Australian Under-18 Championship (Holdfast Bay Bowls and Croquet Club, SA), Australian Champion of Champions (Keilor Bowls Club, VIC) and Australian Sides Championship (Lockleys Bowling Club, SA), were all successfully staged and Bowls Australia thank the host clubs, volunteers and officials for contribution and support. BA staff were involved in the staging of a number of World Bowls events hosted in Australia and these included the World Champion of Champions (Club Helensvale, QLD) and the World Cup (Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club, NSW).

Leadership & Governance Two important strategies were created in this period – a BA Digital Strategy and a National Facilities and Retirement Lifestyle Village strategy. Both very important guiding strategies for the future of the sport. The BA Audit, Risk and Policy Committee was very active in this period, with a focus on BA policy renewals. This is an important function of BA and this committee has spent countless hours on these tasks. In June 2017, BA Management and BPL Licensees received a briefing from the National Integrity Sports Unit (NISU) on the latest intelligence on sports betting and potential impact for Bowls. BA received a report from NISU noting that the potential risk for match fixing was low but all administrators should remain vigilant in this emerging area in sport.

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Acknowledgements We would like to acknowledge the loyal support and generous contribution from the Federal Government through the Australian Sports Commission and Australian Institute of Sport. In particular, the Minister for Sport the Hon. Greg Hunt and the ASC Board under the leadership of Chair John Wylie and new CEO Kate Palmer, who have provided invaluable advice and support to our organisation over this period. Sincere thanks go to President Sam Coffa, CEO Craig Phillips and the Board of Management of Commonwealth Games Australia for their continued support of Bowls and our High Performance program. BA continues to harness a strong relationship with each STA during the 2016/17 period and collectively we have worked collaboratively on a number of projects and initiatives that will continue to develop over the coming months and years. We thank the Presidents and their Boards, Chief Executive Officers and their staff for their support. A special acknowledgement must be made to BA’s broadcast partners, SBS, Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sport NZ for their support and efforts in bringing bowls into the lounge rooms of fans across the country and abroad. To our valued sponsors and corporate partners who are outlined in the Commercial Development section of this annual report, the BA Board and staff extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation for these partnerships, and look forward to continuing to develop these relationships collaboratively into the future.

The BA President and CEO attended numerous “Future of Bowls” forums organized by BA sponsor BCiB and these included visits to: Dubbo, Tamworth, Mollymook, Merimbula (all NSW), Morwell and Mt Waverley (both VIC). The CEO continues to represent Bowls on the Board of Management of Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) and was also appointed to a Governance subcommittee to review the CGA constitution.

A special thank-you is made to BA’s Board of Directors, staff, national committees and volunteers for their continual commitment and dedication to the growth and development of the sport and brand of Bowls in Australia. We acknowledge World Bowls President John Bell, CEO Gary Smith and the organisation’s directors for their efforts over this period.

Communications A major highlight of the past 12 months was the second season of the sport’s free-to-air television program titled “The Bowls Show” airing on SBS and SBS On Demand. The program is broadcast in high definition on free-to-air channel SBS, and also made available through the network’s catch-up service, SBS On Demand, which provides bowlers from across the country with the opportunity to tune in.

In Memoriam Throughout the past year, bowls communities throughout Australia have lost many loved and respected friends and members and the Bowls Australia Board and staff offer their thoughts and sympathies to those clubs and bowls families.

Fox Sports Australia continues to commit to broadcasting Bowls on their network, with over 100 hours of content set to be broadcast featuring the AO, BPL and The Bowls Show.

A special mention of the sad passing of Bowls WA President Graham Leeks and former Australian player and Team Manager Don Sherman.

Over the past year, BA has commenced work on developing a national brand for Bowls in Australia. To date, most STAs have committed to the new brand. Brand uniformity in the sport will assist in overall recognition of the greater bowls brand, assist in the commercialisation of the sport, and allow every association to use their logo on apparel and in modern mediums, such as in broadcast and on graphic artwork such as posters or advertisements.

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Message from the Australian Sports Commission The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) thanks all of our partner national sporting organisations (NSOs) for your continued hard work and commitment to excellence. All of you understand innately the importance of sport in Australian life. It’s much more than a source of national identity and pride, it’s the fabric that binds us together - a common language for all, with multiplier benefits in health, education, social cohesion and the economy. There were many great sporting events to celebrate during the course of last year – the launch of both the AFL Women’s competition and the National Netball League with prime-time TV coverage, our most successful winter sports season ever on the world stage, and fairytale victories against the odds for Cronulla in the NRL and the Western Bulldogs in the AFL. Last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games underscored the challenge however for Australia in retaining its status as one of the world’s pre-eminent sporting nations, given rising competition from developed and developing nations alike. We must keep innovating, being bold and willing to change both on and off the field if we are to succeed, not just in Olympic and Paralympic sports but across the sporting spectrum. We appreciate the willingness of NSOs to embrace this challenge. We commend athletes for their dedicated commitment to training ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and, further ahead, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. One of the most important long-term challenges for our country is to help our children be physically active, to participate in sport and enjoy its lifelong benefits. The ASC’s Sporting Schools program has now reached more than 5,600 primary schools around Australia and has already begun a targeted program for high schools. It is vital to ensure physical education is re-emphasised in the national school curriculum. To this end, the ASC has been doing ground-breaking work on physical literacy for children and youth and we look forward to rolling this out nationally in the year ahead. As the national leadership organisation for sport in Australia, the ASC was delighted when our new Minister for Sport the Hon. Greg Hunt recently proposed a National Sports Plan, the preparation of which will be led by the ASC. This will create, for the first time, a comprehensive blueprint for Australian sport. It’s an outstanding initiative and we thank the Minister for his leadership and vision. We hope all NSOs take the opportunity to contribute their views to the plan. Most of you will know that this year the ASC welcomed a new CEO Kate Palmer, a talented sports leader, who has quickly built excellent relationships with sports and is embracing the challenges ahead with an inspiring enthusiasm. Finally, I say a big thank you to the army of volunteers – parents, coaches, officials and administrators - who contribute their time and services for the good of Australian sport. You bring community strength, passion and great value to the identity, productivity, cohesion and health of our nation. The ASC wishes you every success in the year ahead. We look forward to working closely with you for the common good of Australian sport. John Wylie AM Chair Australian Sports Commission

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Winning partnership Proudly supporting Bowls Australia The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) invests in sport at all levels in Australia. We work with Bowls Australia to ensure Australian bowls players excel in the international sporting arena whilst increasing participation in bowls. Bowls Australia is one of many national sporting organisations partnering with us to achieve Australia’s Winning Edge.

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Bowls Australia board Nigel Smith - President QUALIFICATIONS


Australian Institute of Company Directors – Fellow

Chair of Nominations Committee

Diploma - Agricultural Science

Chair of CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee

EXPERIENCE Former Managing Director QAF Meat Industries

Member - World Bowls 2020 Organising Committee

Former Managing Director Bunge Meat Industries Former Chairman Diamond Valley Pork

Kathryn Bailey EXPERIENCE


Metropolitan Director - Bowls SA for (three years)

Member - CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee

Board representative to the SA Match and Program Committee Member – Bowls SA Hall of Fame Selection Committee

Member - Good Governance Project Working Party Chair - Audit, Risk & Policy Committee

Previous employment at Indoor Cricket Arenas introducing pilot sports to lift participation

Robert (Bob) Boorman QUALIFICATIONS

Member - Board of Management, Renewal SA

Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Australia

Extensive experience in Management and Executive roles in business



Former Independent Director - Bowls SA

Member - Audit, Risk & Policy Committee

President - Adelaide Bowling Club Former Director - Smith Family, Atomix Design, SA Housing Trust


Former President Softball Australia

Australian Institute of Company Directors (Residential) Course

EXPERIENCE Vice President – International Softball Federation; Former General Manager Department of Sport & Recreation NSW Former executive board member NSW Softball Association

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Former Board member of NSW Institute of Sport

SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES Member - CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee Member - Good Governance working party



Managing Director - Hareeba Enterprises Pty Ltd

Marketing and Brand Working Party

General Manager - Shaedz of Alice, Alice Springs Former President - Memorial Bowls Club, Alice Springs State Representative - NT, 2009 - 2015



Director Turley Enterprises Pty Ltd

Member of the Bowls Premier League Advisory Committee

2006 Commonwealth Games men’s triples gold medal

Member - Nominations Committee

Bowls Coordinator Taren Point Bowling Club Joint owner – Wayne Turley & Claire Duke’s Aero Bowls World



Australian Institute of Management - Young Managers Graduate Program

Founder and Director - Sales and Marketing at InteractSport Elected Director VicSport Elected Director Australian Sports Technologies Network Head Coach Melbourne Cricket Club

Louise Witton EXPERIENCE

Represented NSW: 2004-2012

Director - The Neutral Bay Club, NSW (16 consecutive years) Chair of the Board - The Neutral Bay Club (six consecutive years)

Represented Queensland: 2013-present

SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES Member - Audit, Risk and Policy Committee

Office Manager - Zenith Media, Australia’s largest media consultancy (10 years)

Tracey Wright EXPERIENCE


Current Head of Energy Services at Energy Australia

Bowls Connect Tender Panel

Widespread experience working for US multinational companies Former Regional Managing Director, Australasia for Hallmark Cards Owner - Tracey Wright Consulting Pty Ltd

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Bowls Australia Committees and Staff STATE CONSULTATIVE BODY

Kerry Andersen

Nigel Smith

Ken Pride

Bowls Australia President (Chair)

Bowls WA Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn Bailey

Janice Kelly OAM

Bowls Australia Board Director

Bowls SA President (until September, 2017)

Tracey Wright

Wayne Prosser

Bowls WA President (from November, 2016)

Bowls Australia Board Director (from October, 2016)

Bowls SA President (from September, 2017)

Darryl Clout

Mark Easton

Bowls Australia Board Director

Bowls SA Chief Executive Officer

Ray Dienelt

Beverley Dowrick

Bowls Australia Board Director

Bowls ACT President

Robert (Bob) Boorman

Kate Lyttle

Bowls Australia Board Director (from October, 2016)

Bowls ACT Executive Officer

Andrew Walton

Garry Bevan

Bowls Australia Board Director

Bowls Tasmania President

Louise Witton

Rebecca Van Asch

Bowls Australia Board Director

Bowls Tasmania Executive Officer

Wayne Turley

Stan Smolski

Bowls Australia Board Director

Bowls NT President

Barbara Gilbert

Avon Collis

Bowls Victoria President

Bowls NT Operations Manager (from March, 2017)

Graeme Bridge Bowls Victoria Chief Executive Officer


Vincent Beard RNSWBA President (Until September, 2016 and then from September, 2017)

Board Committees

Barry Watkins RNSWBA President (from September, 2016 to September, 2017)

Audit, Risk and Policy

Greg Helm

Kathryn Bailey

RNSWBA Chief Executive Officer

Bowls Australia Board Director (Chair)

Beryl Watson

Louise Witton

Women’s Bowls NSW President (until November, 2016)

Bowls Australia Board Director

Maryann Parcell

Robert (Bob) Boorman

Women’s Bowls NSW President (from November, 2016)

Bowls Australia Board Director

Melanie Cantwell

Chris Brophy

Women’s Bowls NSW Executive Officer (until April, 2017)

Independent Member

Daniel Gatt Women’s Bowls NSW Executive Officer (from April, 2017)

CEO Performance and Remuneration

Peter Williamson

Nigel Smith

Bowls Queensland President

Bowls Australia President (Chair)

Brett Wilkie

Darryl Clout

Bowls Queensland Chief Executive Officer

Bowls Australia Board Director

Graham Leeks

Kathryn Bailey

Bowls WA President (until November, 2016)

Bowls Australia Board Director

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Sandy Wallace

Nigel Smith

Steven Campbell

Bowls Australia President (Chair)

Bowls Australia Education and Training Coordinator

Wayne Turley

Tony Sherwill Bowls Australia Chief Operating Officer

Bowls Australia Board Director

Michael Catlow

National Coaching Advisory Group

Independent Member

Steve Glasson OAM

Neil Dalrymple

Bowls Australia National Coach (Chair)

Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer

Julia Walsh

Women in Bowls

Gary Willis

Wayne Turley

Jaewyn Norton

Bowls Australia Board Director

Greg Bostock

Louise Witton

Steven Campbell

Bowls Australia Board Director

Bowls Australia Education and Training Coordinator

Merrilee Barnes Independent Member

National Selection Panel

World Bowls 2020

Peter Brown Bowls Australia High Performance and Pathways Manager (Chair - non-voting)

Neil Dalrymple

Steve Glasson OAM

Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer (Chair)

Bowls Australia National Coach

Nigel Smith

Kelvin Kerkow OAM

Bowls Australia President

Dave Stockham

Brian Baldwin

Beth Quinlan

Murgrave Hill Bowls Club representative

Len Brunt Club Helensvale Bowls Club representative

BPL Management Committee

Colleen Gilbert

Neil Dalrymple

Broadbeach Bowls Club representative

Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer (Chair)

Scott Collins

Kelsey Cottrell

Tourism and Events Queensland representative

Player Representative

Mark Casey

Wayne Turley

Events and Competition Manager representative

Bowls Australia Board Director

Brett Wilkie

Mark Casey Events and Competition Manager

Bowls Queensland Chief Executive Officer

Aidan Davis

Board appointed Committees

Communications and Marketing Manager

National Officiating Advisory Group

Jennifer Pitson

John Roberts (Chair)

Jakub Syslo

Sponsorship and Partnership Manager

Digital and Marketing Coordinator

Bob Carlson Sue Hogg

Hall of Fame Committee

Pam Hockings

Nigel Smith

Ian Irvine

Bowls Australia President (Chair)

Andrew Lynn

Sam Clough OAM

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Bowls Australia Committees and Staff continued Good Governance Project Working Party

Louise Witton Bowls Australia Board Director

Eugenie Buckley

Steve Srhoy

Independent Member (Chair)

Hall of Fame member

John Boultbee

Lynsey Clarke

Independent Member

Hall of Fame member

Kate Lyttle Bowls ACT Executive Officer

Strategic Plan Working Parties

Kathryn Bailey Bowls Australia Board Director

National Development Advisory Panel

Darryl Clout

Andrew Larratt

Bowls Australia Board Director

Independent Member - Chair

Linda Muir

Tony Sherwill

ASC Project Manager

Bowls Australia Chief Operating Officer

Merrilee Barnes

Chris Wallace

ASC Lead, Participation and Integrity

Bowls Australia Participation Manager

Clive Adams


Bowls Australia Senior Regional Bowls Manager

John Emerson Bowls Australia Senior Regional Bowls Manager


Andrew Howie

Neil Dalrymple

Bowls Australia Senior Regional Bowls Manager

Chief Executive Officer

Wayne Street

Glenn Hudson Finance Manager

Independent member

Samantha Trimble

Bowls Connect Working Party:

People & Culture Manager (part-time)

Kelvin Rogers

Linda Moli

Bowls Australia Training and Education Coordinator (Chair)

Finance Coordinator

Luke Brown

Bronwyn White

Bowls Victoria IT Coordinator

Executive Assistant (part-time) (from January, 2017)

Kate Lyttle Bowls ACT Executive Officer

Victoria Troster

Greg Helm

Operations Administrator (Part-time)

RNSWBA Chief Executive Officer

(until June, 2017)

Aaron Delaporte

Alisha Guihenneuc

Bowls WA Operations Manager

Executive Assistant (part-time) (from July, 2016 until November, 2016)

Kylie Hartley

Commercial Operations

Women’s Bowls NSW Administration Officer

Aidan Davis

Roxanne Bell

Communications & Marketing Manager

Bowls Queensland Operations Manager

Jennifer Pitson

Bianca Chiera

Sponsorship & Partnership Manager

Bowls SA Member Liaison

Jakub Syslo

Capitation and Revenue Stream Working Party

Marketing & Digital Coordinator

Ken Pride

Kelsey Cottrell

Bowls WA Chief Executive Officer (Chair)

Communications Coordinator (Part-time)

Neil Dalrymple

Campbell Derrick

Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer

NMP & Licensing Coordinator (until May, 2017)

Tony Sherwill

Jacob Morgan

Bowls Australia Chief Operating Officer

Licensing, Products and Partnerships Coordinator (from August, 2017)

Greg Helm RNSWBA Chief Executive Officer

Bowls Operations

Mark Easton

Tony Sherwill

Bowls SA Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operating Officer

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Chris Wallace

Peter Bevan

National Participation Manager (from January, 2017)

Regional Bowls Manager – North East NSW (until November, 2016)

Mark Casey

David Inglis

Events & Competition Manager

Regional Bowls Manager – Riverina NSW

Garry Dillon

Josh Thornton

National Bowls Foundation Manager

Regional Bowls Manager – North East Victoria

Steve Glasson Oam

Andrew Howie

National Coach

Regional Bowls Manager – Senior RBM and South East Queensland

Gary Willis

Shane Moon

NTC Coach ACT/NSW & National Assistant Coach

Regional Bowls Manager – North & Western SA

Peter Brown

Ian James

High Performance and Pathways Manager

Regional Bowls Manager – Southern & Eastern SA

Danielle Montague

Barrie Lester

Bowls Operations Coordinator

Regional Bowls Manager – Eastern & Southern Melbourne/Gippsland (until March, 2017)

Steve Campbell Education And Training Coordinator(from July, 2016)

Paul Holtschke

Kelvin Rodgers

Regional Bowls Manager – Western & Northern metro/Geelong

Training and Support Coordinator(from July, 2016)

Simon Morrison Regional Bowls Manager – Tasmania

Jacob Morgan Schools and Social Programs Coordinator

Mark Whiteman

(from August, 2016 until August, 2017)

Regional Bowls Manager – Newcastle & Central Coast

Rebecca Ross

John Emerson

Schools and Social Programs Coordinator(from September, 2017)

Regional Bowls Manager – Senior RBM and Western Victoria

Leah Lazzaro

Shenayde Heldt Regional Bowls Manager – Western Australia South (From June, 2016 until August, 2017)

High-Performance Program Administrator (part-time) (from September, 2017)

Brett Wilkie

Paul Jackson

National Training Centre Coach – Queensland(until October, 2016)

Regional Bowls Manager – Northern Queensland (from June, 2016)

Mark Cowan

Peter Nixon

National Training Centre Coach – Victoria/Tasmania (until December, 2016)

Regional Bowls Manager – Central Queensland (until August, 2017)

Faye Luke

Scot Nicolson

National Training Centre Coach – South Australia/Northern Territory (Part-time)

Therese Hastings

Regional Bowls Manager – Eastern & Southern Melbourne/Gippsland (from March, 2017)

National Training Centre Coach – Western Australia (Part-time)

James Berriman

Clive Adams

Regional Bowls Manager – South East NSW & ACT (from December, 2016)

Regional Bowls Manager – Senior RBM and Northern & Eastern WA

Craig Donaldson

Chris Wallace

Regional Bowls Manager – Northern NSW (from January, 2017)

Regional Bowls Manager – Sydney Metro (until January, 2017)

Wade Mutzleburg

Avon Collis

Regional Bowls Manager – Central Queensland (from September, 2017)

NT Operations Manager (part-time) (from March, 2017)

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Honour roll




Singles: Nathan Pedersen (SA), Ellen Ryan (NSW)


Pairs: Josh Thornton and Barrie Lester (VIC), and Ellen Ryan and Julie Keegan (NSW)

Singles: Jeremy Henry (NSW), Natasha Scott (NSW)

Fours: Ryan Burnett, Darren Burnett, Paul Foster and Alex Marshall (Scotland) and Tiffany Brodie (VIC), Emelia Bruggy (VIC), Georgia White (QLD), Chloe Stewart (QLD)


Under-18 Singles: Jono Davis (NSW), Jessica Srisamruaybai (QLD)

Pairs: Luke Grainger & Jono Davis (NSW) and Kirra Bourke & Tayla Morison (VIC)

Over-60s Pairs: Peter Leon (QLD), Ian Warner (VIC), Diana Cunnington (QLD) and Gail Crompton (QLD)

Triples: Mitchell Mears, Dale WcWhinney-Shillington & Jacob Nelson (QLD) and Amelia Bruggy, Mikayla Long & Natasha Russell (VIC)

BWD Hearing Impaired Mixed Singles: Dianne Reddick (QLD)

Fours: Corey Day, Jack Campbell, Ben Leggett & Patrick Quinlan (WA) and Brianna Smith, Lauren Gardner, Briana Graham & Kate Matthews (NSW)

BWD Intellectual Disability Mixed Singles: Nathan Appleton (QLD)

Boys’ title: NSW

BWD Physical Disability Singles: James Reynolds (NSW) and Lynda Bennett (NZ)

Girls’ title: NSW Overall title: NSW

BWD Vision Impaired Singles: Jake Fehlberg (QLD) and Lynne Seymour (QLD)


BWD Multi Disability Pairs: Phillip Plackett (NSW), Bernie Wolland (QLD)

KEILOR (VIC) Singles: Aaron Teys (NSW), Carla Krizanic (VIC)

BWD Vision Impaired Pairs: Chris Backstrom (QLD) and Jake Fehlberg (QLD)

2016 BOWLS PREMIER LEAGUE (BPL04) CLUB PINE RIVERS (QLD) Winners: BCiB Sydney Lions (Aaron Sherriff, Ben Twist, Karen Murphy and Coach Gary Willis)

2017 BOWLS PREMIER LEAGUE (BPL05) AUCKLAND (NZ) Winners: BCiB Sydney Lions (Aaron Sherriff, Ben Twist, Karen Murphy and Coach Steve Glasson)

2017 AUSTRALIAN SIDES CHAMPIONSHIPS LOCKLEYS (SA) Alley Shield (men): South Australia Marj Morris Trophy (women): New South Wales Overall State Champions Trophy: New South Wales

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Australian representatives: Jeremy Henry (NSW), Natasha Scott (NSW), Curtis Hanley (VIC)


Men’s singles: Jeremy Henry (AUS)

Australian representatives: Karen Murphy (Cabramatta, NSW), Kelsey Cottrell (St Johns Park, NSW), Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay, TAS), Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW), Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC), Lynsey Clarke (Club Helensvale, QLD), Chloe Stewart (Broadbeach, QLD), Kristina Krstic (Manning Memorial, WA), Anne Johns (St Johns Park, NSW), Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW), Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW), Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC), Nathan Rice (Club Helensvale, QLD), Ray Pearse (Cabramatta, NSW), Max Kleinig (Holdfast Bay, SA), Brett Wilkie (Club Helensvale, QLD), Wayne Ruediger (Grange, SA), Aaron Teys (Warilla, NSW), Aaron Wilson (Clayton, VIC) and Mark Casey (Club Helensvale, QLD)

Women’s singles: Jo Edwards (NZ)

2017 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS BROADBEACH (QLD) Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW) - Singles silver, mixed pairs bronze Kristina Krstic (Manning Memorial, WA) - Singles bronze, mixed pairs bronze Chloe Stewart (Broadbeach, QLD) - Singles bronze Tiffany Brodie (Fitzroy, VIC) - Singles quarter-finalist Aaron Teys (Warilla, NSW) - Singles bronze, mixed pairs bronze


Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta, NSW) - Singles silver

CLUB HELENSVALE (AUS) Men’s singles: Scott Thulborn (SA) – gold

Nathan Pedersen (Ascot Park, SA) - Singles bronze, mixed pairs bronze

Women’s singles: Natasha Scott (NSW) – gold

Billy Johnson (Cabramatta, NSW) - Mixed pairs gold





Australian representatives: Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC), Kelsey Cottrell (St Johns Park, NSW), Natasha Scott, (Raymond Terrace, NSW), Karen Murphy, (Cabramatta, NSW), Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay, TAS), Aaron Wilson (Clayton, VIC), Mark Casey, (Club Helensvale, QLD), Aron Sherriff, (Ettalong, NSW), Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC), Brett Wilkie (Club Helensvale, QLD)

Australia won 83 rink points to 33 Australian representatives: Karen Murphy (Cabramatta, NSW), Kelsey Cottrell (St Johns Park, NSW), Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay, Tas), Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW), Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, Vic), Lynsey Clarke (Club Helensvale, Qld), Krstic (Manning Memorial, WA), Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW), Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW), Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, Vic), Scott Thulborn (Adelaide, SA), Ray Pearse (Cabramatta, NSW), Brett Wilkie (Club Helensvale, Qld), Aaron Wilson (Clayton, Vic) and Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta, NSW)

Men’s singles: Aron Sherriff - bronze Men’s pairs: Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson - gold Men’s triples: Barrie Lester, Mark Casey, Aron Sherriff - silver Men’s fours: Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson, Mark Casey - silver


Women’s singles: Karen Murphy - gold


Women’s pairs: Kelsey Cottrell, Karen Murphy – no medal

Overall winner’s tally:

Women’s triples: Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch - gold

1. Australia Gold - 37 points - three gold, two silvers, two bronze and a fourth

Women’s fours: Kelsey Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch, Natasha Scott – gold

2. Australia Green - 34 points - three gold, one silver, three bronze 3. New Zealand - 31 points

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honour roll continued

Australia “Gold” gold medal results:


Women’s singles: Australia Gold (Karen Murphy) def New Zealand 21-14


Women’s pairs: Australia Gold (Lynsey Clarke, Karen Murphy) def Scotland (Caroline Brown, Claire Johnstone) 21-5

Open women: Australia won 3 tests to 0

Women’s fours: Australia Gold (Lynsey Clarke, Bolivia Millerick, Natasha Ryan, Kelsey Cottrell) def Australia Green 12-11

Development women: Australia won 2 tests to 1

Open men: Australia won 3 tests to 0 Development men: Australia won 3 tests to 0 Para-sport: Australia won 3 tests to 0

Men’s triples: Australia Gold (Ray Pearse, Aaron Teys, Scott Thuborn) lost to Australia Green 11-23 Men’s fours: Australia Gold (Aaron Teys, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson, Scott Thulborn) lost to New Zealand 9-17 Australia “Green” gold medal results: Women’s triples: Australia Green (Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch) def New Zealand (Tayla Bruce, Val Smith, Katelyn Inch) 23-11 Women’s fours: Australia Green (Chloe Stewart, Kristina Krstic, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch) lost to Australia Gold 11-12 Men’s pairs: Australia Green (Barrie Lester, Nathan Rice) def New Zealand (Mike Kernaghan, Shannon McIlroy) 16-14 Men’s triples: Australia Green (Wayne Ruediger, Corey Wedlock, Aron Sherriff) def Australia Gold (Ray Pearse, Aaron Teys, Scott Thulborn) 22-12 Para-sport gold medal results: Vision impaired mixed pairs: Australia (Lynne Seymour, Jake Fehlberg) def Scotland 22-10 Bowlers with a disability open triples: Australia (Tony Bonnell, Ken Hanson, Chris Flavel) def New Zealand 20-13

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Australian High Performance Squads

australian jackaroos Announced: January, 2017

Women: Lynsey Clarke (Club Helensvale, QLD) Kelsey Cottrell (St Johns Park, NSW) Kristina Kristic (Manning Memorial, WA) Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC) Karen Murphy (Cabramatta, NSW) Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW) Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW)

Australian Junior Jackaroos Squad (under-18)

Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay, TAS)

men: Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC)

Announced: October, 2016

Ray Pearse (Cabramatta, NSW)


Wayne Ruediger (Grange, SA)

Jessie Cottell (QLD)

Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW)

Louise Cronan (NSW)

Scott Thulborn (Adelaide, SA)

Mikayla Long (VIC)

Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta, NSW)

Kate Matthews (NSW)

Brett Wilkie (Club Helensvale, QLD)

Natasha Russell (VIC)

Aaron Wilson (Clayton, VIC)

Jessica Srisamruaybai (QLD)

boys: Jarryd Davies (VIC) Jono Davis (NSW) Patrick Quinlan (WA) Jake Rynne (QLD) Lachlan Sims (TAS) Joshua Studham (SA)

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National Training Centre Squad Announced: July, 2016

NSW NTC squad: Joel Anderson (Cabramatta) Sarah Boddington (Tuncurry) David Ferguson (Wagga Rules) Ben Glasson (Mt Lewis) Dawn Hayman (St Johns Park) Jessica Hogan (Weston Creek)

SA NTC squad:

Andrew Howie (Mt Lewis)

James Bodnar (Henley)

Damon Jeffery (Mt Lewis)

Mark Haines (West Lakes)

Billy Johnson (Belrose) Mason Lewis (Merrylands)

Matthew Northcott (Adelaide)

Mac McLean (Weston Creek)

Tyson Wilson (Grange)

Matt Miles (Warilla)

Stephanie Clarke* (Encounter Bay)

Jesse Noronha (Warilla)

Sam Denton* (Holdfast Bay)

Natalie Noronha (Warilla)

Luke Day* (Grange)

Samantha Noronha (Warilla)

Steve Dennis* (West Lakes)

Nathan Pedersen (Cabramatta)

Tasmania NTC squad:

Samantha Shannahan (Merrylands)

Hollie Keen (Sheffield)

Dylan Skinner (Wisemans Park)

Lachlan Sims (Travallyn)

Claire Turley (Cabramatta)

Michael Sims (Travallyn)

Ben Twist (St Johns Park)

Robert McMullen* (East Launceston)

Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta)

Courtney Hobbs* (North Launceston)

Molly Wilton (Raymond Terrace) Jamie-Lee Worsnop (St Johns Park)

Victoria NTC squad:

NT NTC squad:

Jay Bye-Norris (Essendon) Ben Cotter (Altona)

Lucas Baker (Nightcliff)

Makayla Gibson (Bundoora)

Mark Malogorski (Nightcliff)

Nathan Lynch (Moonee Valley)

Christian Pace (Darwin)

Dane McKinnon (Altona)

Marcus Simpson (Nightcliff) Shae Smith (Darwin)

Natasha Russell (Clayton)

David Knight* (Memorial Bowls Club)

Tayla Spence (Donvale) Kylie Whitehead (Wodonga)

Queensland NTC squad:

Curtis Hanley* (Melbourne)

Emma Brown (Broadbeach)

Todd Trewarne* (Melbourne)

Kurt Brown (Club Kawana)

Kristen Steele* (Melbourne)

Scott De Jongh-Fitzpatrick (Burleigh Heads)

Liam Garlick-Adams* (Altona)

Sean Ingham (Broadbeach)

Nathan Wilson* (Essendon)

Natasha Jones (Bribie Island) Bolivia Millerick (Broadbeach) Casssandra Millerick (Broadbeach)

WA NTC squad:

Georgia White (Musgrave Hill)

Corey Bessant (Doubleview)

Sam White (Paradise Point)

Lewis Grigg (Osborne Park)

Andrew Howie (Club Helensvale)

Cameron Harris (Cambridge)

Jessie Cottell* (Broadbeach)

Shenayde Heldt (Manning Memorial)

Jessica Srisamruaybai* (Tweed Heads)

Nathan Jones (Kardinya)

Shane White* (Club Helensvale)

Cody Packer (Bedford)

Nick Cahill* (Club Helensvale)

Laura Merz* (Manning)

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Note: * indicates players was a new member of the NTC squad for 2016/17


One particular highlight achieved over the past 12 months was Australia’s best ever result in an overseas World Bowls Championship benchmark event.

The Australian Jackaroos notched up the momentous milestone at the 2016 staging of the event in Christchurch, New Zealand.


After months of intense trials, events, critiquing and preparation the following team was tasked with representing our country:

- Women’s Fours


- Men’s Pairs

Singles Karen Murphy (Cabramatta, NSW)


- Women’s Singles - Women’s Triples - Women’s Overall Team Trophy

- Men’s Triples

Pairs Kelsey Cottrell (St Johns Park, NSW) Karen Murphy

- Men’s Fours BRONZE

Triples Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC) Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW) Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay, TAS)

- Men’s Singles The Jackaroos also achieved overall victories in the lead up events including: - 2015 Asia Pacific Championships

Fours Kelsey Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch & Natasha Scott

- 2015 Multi Nations Invitational Event - 2015 Trans Tasman Test Series

men: Singles Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW) Pairs Brett Wilkie (Club Helensvale, QLD) Aaron Wilson (Clayton, VIC) Triples Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC), Mark Casey (Club Helensvale, QLD) Aron Sherriff Fours Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson & Mark Casey History will show the Jackaroos finished with five gold, two silver and one bronze from the following disciplines:

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Since the World Bowls Championships concluded, Australia has also prevailed in the following international series –

It certainly displays the honour it means to each and every deserving Australian Representative and is a fabulous way to kick start one’s International career. Congratulations to these seven individuals, who are now immortalised as Australian Jackaroos for all time.

- 2017 Australia v England - 2017 Gold Coast Multi Nations (Pre Commonwealth Games Test Event) - 2017 Trans Tasman Test Series Additionally, congratulations must go players that secured other world titles, outside of these events and they include: - World Champion of Champion Singles Natasha Scott and Scott Thulborn - World Bowls Tour - World Under-25 Indoor Singles Ellen Ryan

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT/PATHWAYS Over the last 12 months, seven players have made their fully fledged international debut for the Australian Jackaroos, including: Women: Kristina Krstic - Cap No. 83 Ellen Ryan - Cap No. 84 Bolivia Millerick - Cap No. 85 men: Aaron Wilson - Cap No. 142 Scott Thulborn - Cap No. 143 Corey Wedlock - Cap No. 144 Aaron Teys - Cap No. 145 The “Jackaroos cap” presentation to debutants is always a highlight for debutants and is often filled with plenty of emotion.

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HIGH PERFORMANCE continued RESEARCH Research was a big agenda item for the High Performance team during this period, and it’s exciting to report the following projects are well advanced as a result.

1. WHAT MAKES AN ELITE BOWLER In conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sports and the Latrobe University, extensive tests on bowls athletes were conducted over a week at the AIS’s headquarters in Canberra earlier this year. The tests ranged from pre-shot routines, body weight transfer in each player’s deliver, point of release, eye movement, biomechanics, and much more. The data collected is currently being formulated and critiqued with results due later in 2017. The objective of this program is to find consistencies in what makes an player elite, potential deficiencies in techniques, and common practices, so that the High Performance team can better develop our next generation of stars.

2. STRENGTH & CONDITIONING The Jackaroos’ physiology will be tested towards the end of 2017, with specific investigation into which areas of the body are most susceptible to weaknesses and where their greatest strengths may lie. All members of the Jackaroos will then be provided individual, specific programs designed to ensure their bodies are primed for the long and arduous tours they compete in.

HIGH PERFORMANCE REVIEW Independent and vastly experienced consultant Mike McLaughin was contracted to carry out a robust and in-depth review of Bowls Australia’s High Performance Program during this period.

3. PSCHOLOGY TESTING & MENTAL STRENGTH/ RESILLIENCE The main components of this project include but are not limited to:

This initiative was conducted to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of the bowls industry in relation to all things High Performance.

- Maintaining a Positive Attitude - Following Pre Competition Plans

All up, 22 recommendations came from the review, with varying levels of importance, ranging from little significance to absolute priority.

- Optimising Physical Preparation - Attaining Optimum Arousal Levels - Achieving Appropriate Motivation

The standout findings included an approximate 50%+ reduction in contracted players across the Nation in High Performance squads.

- Focussing on the Task - Keeping/Maintaining Positive Interactions - Psychological Skills Training Intervention

Inevitably, the total squad numbers across Australia were reduced from 123 to just 38, therefore providing the opportunity for Australia’s elite to be better serviced, prepared and developed with a vision to ultimately wearing the green and gold, successfully, either now or in the future.

- Mental Toughness Profiling

Those players who missed the cut are still identified as potential stars of the future and will still be monitored ongoing. As a result of the reduction in squad numbers, Bowls Australia made further changes to the High Performance staffing structure, specifically to enhance the current pathways and coaching structure.

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Naturally, Australia’s High Performance Program would be nonexistent if it wasn’t for the professional and gracious support of a number of stakeholders including the following organisations, which we wish to officially recognise:

Bowls Australia would also like to recognise and thank the members of the Australian Jackaroos who retired this past year.

- Australian Institute of Sport

Mark Casey - Cap No. 117 – International Tests: 293

- Australian Sports Commission

Both players enjoyed great success representing Australia and did so with complete professionalism, pride, honour and dedication. We wish both stars every ounce of continued success in life after being a Jackaroo.

Anne Johns - Cap No. 73 – International Tests: 67

- Commonwealth Games Australia - NSWIS - Women’s Bowls NSW


- Bowls NSW

Preparations are well advanced for the Gold Coast 20178 Commonwealth Games, with the final team line-up schedule to be announced in late November 2017.

- Cabramatta Bowls Club (Bowls Australia’s HP Centre of Excellence) - Bowls Victoria

Broadbeach Bowls Club will be the centrepiece of all the action, from April 4 to 15, 2018, and the Jackaroos are spending vast amounts of time there in readiness for our assault at this much anticipated benchmark event.

- Bowls Tasmania - Latrobe University - Deakin University

The extra exciting component is the inclusion of the Para Sport component of the event. Australia’s best of the best Vision Impaired Mixed Pairs and Bowlers with a Disability Open Gender Triples disciplines will compete for full medals alongside our seasoned Jackaroos in our efforts to try and secure a swag of medals.

- Broadbeach Bowls Club Bowls Australia is delighted to acknowledge and be associated with our esteemed stakeholders and we are extremely grateful for the services, provisions and support they afford us.

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Events and Competitions report Bowls Australia continued to set the barometer for successful events on both the national and international stage in 2016 and 2017.





Reigning champion Jeremy Henry went back-to-back at the Australian Indoor Championships; etching his name in the record books as the first man since Kelvin Kerkow (2006-07) to win successive titles.

The sport’s brightest young stars were in scintillating form at the Australian Under-18 Championships, played at Adelaide’s Holdfast Bay Bowls and Croquet Club in October, 2016. New South Wales took home the overall state honours, but pleasingly, every state featured among the medal winners.

Henry claimed the title in straight sets, 11-2, 9-8, but it certainly wasn’t the one-sided affair that the score-line may suggest, with his young opponent Curtis Hanley showing ability and prowess far above his tender age of just 17.

It was a long wait for the Australian Capital Territory to strike gold at the sport’s only junior event, but that day finally came when young Jessica Hogan secured the girls’ singles crown.

It was the third national indoor title for Henry, who also won in 2011, elevating him above Kerkow in the multiple winner stakes, but more than a few victories behind National Coach Steve Glasson’s nine titles.

New South Wales dominated the medal tally with three gold (boys singles, boy’s pairs and girl’s fours), two silver (girls singles, girls pairs) and two bronze (boys triples and boys fours) as well as the overall girls trophy, overall boys trophy and the best performed state of the championships.

Natasha Scott produced a spectacular come-frombehind victory in the final of the women’s Australian Indoor Championships against fellow Australian Jackaroo Rebecca Van Asch to secure the unprecedented double, the indoor and outdoor national singles titles in the same calendar year.

Victoria picked up silver for overall state after collecting their own swag of medals; gold in the girls’ triples and pairs and silver in the boys singles and pairs.

Scott affirmed her position as the nation’s most in-form female singles player, adding the illustrious indoor title to her already claimed Australian Open and Australian Champion of Champions singles crowns secured over the previous 12 months.

2016 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS – KEILOR (VIC) Warilla’s Aaron Teys secured the Australian Champion of Champions men’s singles title in sensational circumstances, while fellow Australian Jackaroo Carla Krizanic has enjoyed a fairytale finish in the women’s field at Keilor Bowls Club.

Both players were afforded the right to compete at the 2017 World Cup event at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club by virtue of their wins; with Henry also victorious at that event – claiming his fifth World Cup crown.

Teys came from left field to secure the coveted title, which rewards the nation’s most consistent singles players through club, district and state levels, having been a match behind Broadbeach’s Ryan Bester going into the final seventh round.

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The victory is the 22 year-old Australian Jackaroos player’s second national singles title in the sport, having also secured the revered Australian Open singles crown in 2015.


He was joined on the dais by Sunbury’s Krizanic, who enjoyed a fairytale finish to her campaign, as a former member of Keilor Bowls Club, where the event was staged.

– CLUB PINE RIVERS (QLD) The BCiB Sydney Lions have become the fourth franchise in four instalments of the Bowls Premier League to win the coveted trophy after a stunning performance in their first ever BPL finals campaign.

Krizanic capped off her performance with a fifth successive victory to claim the title with a game clear of the ledger and an unblemished record.

BCiB Sydney Lions supporters were starting to wonder if they will ever see their franchise on BPL finals night, but 2016, affectionately now known as the ‘year of the underdog’, was the Lions time to shine on centre stage and not only did they qualify for finals on top of the ladder they claimed the BPL04 trophy in emphatic style, defeating the 2013 Champions the Murray Steamers.

The win was also the second national singles milestone for Australian Jackaroo Krizanic, after she claimed the Australian Indoor Championships women’s honours in 2015. Teys and Krizanic are afforded the chance to continue their singles success in 2017, with both players earning a spot at the World Champion of Champions event, to be staged at St Johns Park in NSW, by virtue of their wins.

The killer blow for the Murray Steamers was the five shots to the Sydney Lions on a power play in the second set, doubling to 10 and giving the Lions a six shot advantage going into the last end. Ryan Bester may not have collected his second BPL title but he did claim his first MVP award as voted by the coaches after the 14 round matches.

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Events and Competitions continued 2017 AUSTRALIAN SIDES CHAMPIONSHIPS – LOCKLEYS (SA) South Australia came-from-behind to break a 29-year Alley Shield drought at the Australian Sides Championships in Adelaide in April, 2017. The Croweaters men secured a slice of history at the sport’s premier state and territory competition at Lockleys Bowling Club, claiming its first title since 1988 with a clinical 68-53 final round robin victory against the ACT, but the historic result came right down to the wire. The host state defied the odds in the men’s competition, finishing on the same amount of wins as Tasmania to secure the coveted Shield on a countback, after the defending Victorian champions upstaged Tasmania in the last round on two rinks, which decimated the Tigers’ dreams of winning their first title in either gender’s events.

2017 BOWLS PREMIER LEAGUE (BPL05) – AUCKLAND (NZ) The fifth instalment of the revolutionary Bowls Premier League promised so much and delivered; with the quality of matches raising the competition to new levels, the staging of the event in a venue outside of the traditional bowls environment, a franchise going back-to-back for the first time in the event’s history, and a record crowd for finals night.

It was a heart-warming conclusion for the parochial locals, who were skipped by world champion Wayne Rueidger, Australian Jackaroo Scott Thulborn and former Jackaroo Max Kleinig, having only ever tasted success once before in either genders; almost three decades ago.

Much can be said about the remarkable back-to-back feat of the BCiB Sydney lions; not only did the franchise achieve something unwitnessed in BPL history, they accomplished it on international soil against the crowd favourite Tower New Zealand Blackjacks in an epic final encounter.

Their one loss in the round robin competition was at the hands of NSW, by 5 shots.

Ben Twist, Karen Murphy and Aron Sherriff looked nothing short of the team to beat from start to finish, well perhaps that four game losing streak toward the end of the competition was exactly in the script, but a champion team will always bounce back and that’s exactly what they did, guided by National Coach Steve Glasson OAM.

The Maroons earned their tenth Trophy, and first since 2011, a day early after securing their sixth successive victory on the penultimate day of the competition, and finished half a game clear of the Blues as the outright winners.

In the women’s competition, a final round loss to NSW took none of the gloss off Queensland’s Marj Morris Trophy triumph.

Boasting a mix of young blood and experienced talent, the Maroons were skipped admirably by former world champion Julie Keegan, up-and-coming ace Bolivia Millerick and Australian Captain Lynsey Clarke.

While touching on the exceptional performances, the utmost praise must be given to World Singles Champion Shannon McIlroy who joined an illustrious group of BPL MVP winners. There wouldn’t be a single person involved in the event or whom watched from afar that would dispute the voting that saw McIlroy, who is in the form of his career and phenomenal on both the indoor and outdoor surfaces, with the honour.

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Jackaroo Nathan Rice 21-15 in the live Fox Sports broadcast at Broadbeach Bowls Club.

The 2017 Australian Open capped off the end to this 2016/17 financial year period in spectacular style, with winners confirmed for the 18 disciplines contested.

The Gold Coast venue has been a been a happy hunting ground for the South Australian spearhead, who has now secured four Australian Open titles in three years since the event moved to the region in 2015.

The 14-day competition again set a new record for participation number; with in excess of 2,000 competitors descending on the idyllic coastal destination to compete for a slice of the $250,000 prize pool.

Similarly, Ellen Ryan’s new favourite venue might just be the Broadbeach Bowls Club here on the Gold Coast after she claimed her second Australian Open Singles title today with a comprehensive 21-11 victory over Gold Coast local Georgia White.

The icing on the cake was again the two-day live Fox Sports broadcast of four finals, but the frosting was made especially sweet this year, with eight episodes of match content appearing on The Bowls Show, providing an outlet for every bowler across the country to enjoy the 2017 Australian Open.

Ryan becomes only the second female bowler in the history of the Australian Open to win dual Australian Open Singles titles and she achieved it in emphatic style on the show rink at the home of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The blue-ribbon men’s and women’s singles events optimised the calibre of event with stunning final matches.

The 20 year-old from Goulburn in New South Wales pocketed a cool $13,000 for winning this year’s singles event; and her big pay day is likely to be topped off with a bonus $1500 courtesy of becoming the 2017 Player of the Tournament, an accolade which resulted from singles and pairs victories, and a fours runner-up placing.

Nathan Pedersen has claimed the sport’s most coveted national title and reaffirmed himself as one of the most promising young prospects at just 22 years of age. Pedersen, who represented Modbury in South Australia, secured the blue-ribbon men’s singles crown over Australian

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2016 Awards Night report Bowls Australia staged its sixth annual Awards Night at the Mantra Legends, on Surfers Paradise on October 27, 2016, with the sport’s most deserving athletes, administrators, clubs and media recognised for their outstanding contribution over the past 12 months.

with a Disability disciplines at the World’s Biggest Bowls Festival. Ray Ganderton (Broadbeach, QLD) Broadbeach’s Ray Ganderton is another unsung hero who contributed greatly to the staging of the 2016 Australian Open, albeit it in a very different role to tonight’s other finalist, Ben Woods. Ray was undoubtedly a jack-of-all-trades in assisting at the event’s hub club and finals host, Broadbeach. Ray worked tirelessly and diligently with venue set-up and bump-down on each of the 14 days of the tournament, but also contributed in a variety of other roles; as a marker, volunteer and marquee attendant, among many more.

Award winners were crowned for 12 categories tonight, including the inaugural Club of the Year and Bowler with a Disability of the Year categories.

Additionally, Ray was also instrumental in Broabeach hosting the Australian v Scotland Series event.

Bowls Australia congratulates the following award winners, in addition to all finalists recognised at the sport’s night of nights. Blamey Saunders Hears

Ray was more often than not the first person to arrive and last to leave each day, and epitomises all the qualities of a perfect volunteer.

Volunteer of the Year

City of Gold Coast

Ben Woods (Musgrave Hill, QLD) and Ray Ganderton (Broadbeach, QLD)

Coach of the Year Therese Hastings (Manning Memorial, WA)

Ben Woods (Musgrave Hill, QLD)

Therese was recognised at the Awards Night in her position Western Australian State Women’s Coach and as National Training Centre Coach for WA.

Musgrave Hill’s Ben Woods and Broadbeach’s Ray Ganderton shared the spoils of the first accolade of the night. Ben played a pivotal role in the delivery of the 2016 Australian Open, as the venue coordinator for Musgrave Hill; a position he also facilitated in 2015. An event the size and magnitude of the Australian Open requires the assistance of numerous venue coordinators at clubs across the region, and Ben exemplified the passion and commitment required for this crucial role.

As the coach, Therese has contributed to a resurgence in the WA women’s team at the Australian Sides Championships. After a disappointing seventh placing in 2015, the team enjoyed a significant turnaround in performance on and off the green in 2016; beaten by the eventual winners, NSW, in round 1, but recovering for an undefeated campaign thereafter to claim the silver medal.

Ben has played a particularly crucial role facilitating the Bowlers

Therese has also played an important role in developing and

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course, which will provide him with further skills to assist the clubs in his area.

nurturing young and new talent within her state, and led her charges to gold and silver medals at the Hong Kong Classic Pairs as the team’s coach.

Official of the Year

He has also worked tirelessly to assist clubs with their grant funding application submissions, which totalled more than $222,000 this year.

Sandy Wallace (Holdfast Bay, SA)

Story of the Year

Sandy was nominated in her role as International Technical Official Mentor & Assessor, in addition to her voluntary position as Bowls Australia’s Tournament Director at the Australian Under-18 Championships, APL03 and Australian Champion of Champions.

Fox Sports Australia (Represented by Tom Chadwick)

City Club

Fox Sports Australia have been strong supporters of the sport over many years, as Bowls Australia’s official Pay-TV partner. The network is recognised tonight for their coverage of the third staging of the Australian Premier League in November 2015, which showcased the sport over 20 hours of live broadcast across the four days of competition, in addition to numerous repeats to keep viewers up-to-date.

Sandy has been instrumental in leading the officiating at almost all national events over the period of review, and was crucial in the briefing and monitoring of officials at all national events, in particular leading the training of officials in the Australian Premier League specific conditions at APL03.

Additionally, Fox Sport Australia also beamed the Australian Open finals and replays of The Bowls Show into the lounge rooms of thousands of Australians this year.

Sandy has conducted countless official and unofficial briefings at BA events to officials at all levels, and coordinated numerous Markers and Umpires courses on the Gold Coast over the past two years, resulting in a large volunteer base across Australian Open host clubs, which is critical for the successful operation of the event.

Fox Sports News’ Tom Chadwick was the host of the APL03 and 2015 Australian Open coverage and kept viewers engaged through informative rinkside interviews. Stockland Retirement Living


Club of the Year

Regional Bowls Manager of the Year

Club Helensvale (QLD) and Manning Memorial Bowls Club (WA)

Josh Thornton (RBM North East Victoria)

Club Helensvale (QLD)

As one of 17 Regional Bowls Managers, Josh Thorton has been instrumental in assisting the 124 clubs situated in the region of North East Victoria, which includes the areas of Macedon Ranges, Bendigo, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

Queensland’s Club Helensvale has long been a branded a heavyweight club on the Gold Coast, and indeed throughout Australia. With its magnificent facilities, the club has been a host to many state, national and international events over the past year, including the World Champion of Champions singles in 2015, which it will host again later this year, was one of the major venues for the 2015 and 2016 Australian Open, and

Josh has demonstrated a thirst for knowledge and commitment to further education in recent times, and is currently part-way through a Masters in Sport Management

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2016 Awards night continued

also played host to Bowls Australia’s NTC Challenge Series between NTC squad players and the visiting Hong Kong China squad.

club, and the State Mountain biking team, in addition to hosting a charity event for Yarloop Bowling Club, which was greatly affected earlier this year by bushfires, an event which raised and donated over $4,000 to a bowls club in need.

Helensvale is also in its tenth year of staging their own National Club 5 A Side Challenge, which is widely known throughout the bowls world as one of the most prestigious and successful events on the national calendar.

Bowler with a Disability of the Year Josh Barry (Sebastopol, VIC) Josh has gone from strength to strength on the green over the past 12 months, having achieved success at every level of the game, most notably on the nation’s biggest stage and on the international arena.

The Club has also assisted with the promotion of the sport to new audiences, through the Bowls Premier League (formerly the Australian Premier League) competition, as the licensee of the Gold Coast Hawks.

On the national front, Josh had a dominant 2016 Australian Open campaign, claiming the physical disability men’s singles and multi-disability pairs titles.

Manning Memorial Bowls Club (WA) Western Australia’s Manning Memorial was one of two winners of the inaugural Stockland Retirement Living Club of the Year award due in part to their successful staging of the Jack Attack participation program and strong community links.

He also enjoyed a purple patch at the 2016 Australian National Disabled Championships, securing the physical disability singles gold and pairs silver medals.

Manning implemented the Jack Attack program in 2015, and it has since gone from strength to strength. The product brings more than 120 patrons to the club to participate weekly, and has resulted in the signing of numerous full club members and social members.

Internationally, he cut a swath through the international field at the 2015 World Cerebral Palsy Championships in England, winning both the singles and pairs disciplines. Tourism and Events Queensland

Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year

The club has also fostered strong linkages with their local community. Their facilities are used for darts competition six months of the year, jive and ballroom dancing five days per week all year, as well as various other events.

Tiffany Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria Bowls and Sports Club, VIC) The second award category on offer to Tiffany tonight is the Tourism and Events Queensland Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year, which is fitting, after she was crowned the under-18 girls’ singles champion at the Australian Open earlier this year.

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Tiffany has had a real coming of age season on the green, claiming medallions across junior and open competitions.

courtesy of a scintillating year of performances in National Ranking Events.

On the under-18 circuit, Tiffany achieved success at the 2015 Australian Under-18 Championships with two silver medals, in the singles and triples, and claimed Victoria’s Under-18 Women’s Singles crown, in addition to winning the Under-25 title for consecutive years.

A stellar Australian Open campaign elevated Scott above her competition for this award, with a momentous singles win capping off her performance at the sport’s most lucrative event, while a semi-final pairs and fours finish contributed to her securing the Player of the Tournament award.

Tiffany’s efforts were rewarded with her first Australian representation in the development disciplines at the Trans Tasman test series in New Zealand.

Testament to her ability, she also secured a second national title in the Australian Champion of Champions women’s singles, which earns her a berth at the world event next month.

Domina BCiB

Natasha also enjoyed a rich vein of form on the state’s stage, winning the NSW Champion of Champion singles and a litany of NSW State titles, in the singles, triples and fours.

Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year Jono Davis (Dubbo Railway, NSW)

Natasha finished the ranking period with 504 national ranking points, 123.8 points clear of second-placed Carla Krizanic.

Despite his tender age, Jono Davis has quickly become a household name in the sport, due in part to his exceptional ability and proven success on bowls’ biggest stage.

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International Bowler of the Year

The 15 year-old Dubbo Railway product is a thoroughly deserving finalist for this award, having claimed both national junior singles crowns in the one year; the Australian Open under-18 boys’ singles and Australian Under-18 Championships boys’ singles titles.

Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW) Aron Sherriff has made this award his own in recent years, having claimed the accolade on three successive occasions from 2012-2014.

Jono also progressed through to the round of 32 in the open men’s pairs at this year’s Australian Open, alongside fellow finalist Josh Studham, and the round of 16 in the men’s fours.

The award’s most prolific winner enjoyed another scintillating season on the international arena, performing exceptionally in all three of the internationally capped events over 2015/16.

On the international front, Jono was selected for the Trans Tasman development team, which overcame New Zealand in all three tests on offer, and was dominant in his performances at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, where he secured both gold medals from the two disciplines contested – in the boys’ singles and mixed pairs with Ellen Ryan.

Aron earned the coveted blue-ribbon singles gold medal at the 19-nation Asia Pacific Championships in 2015, followed by a formidable Trans Tasman performance that helped Australia retain the men’s and overall trophies, and capped off the period with dual gold medals at the 2016 Six Nation Invitational, in the singles and pairs.


Widely regarded as one of the sport’s premier players, Aron has proven that he has the universal adulation and support of his teammates, having been voted the international bowler of the year by them four times now.

Male Bowler of the Year Ryan Bester (Broadbeach, QLD) Another dominant year of performances in National Ranking Events has solidified Ryan Bester as Australia’s number one male bowler for a second successive year, and earned him the Cruiseabout Male Bowler of the Year accolade. The Golden Nugget men’s singles title stands out as Bester’s biggest achievement during this period, but he also enjoyed a sublime run at Queensland State events, with top placings in the Queensland State Singles and Pairs, in addition to the Queensland State Champion of Champion Singles and Fours. Other notable performances that earned ranking points were a quarter-final finish in the 2016 Australian Open men’s pairs and a semi-final placing at the Tweed Heads Open Singles. Ryan finished with 365.6 ranking points, 41.6 points ahead of second-placed Aron Sherriff. Cruiseabout

Female Bowler of the Year Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW) Natasha Scott has again etched her name into the record books with a consecutive number one female bowler placing,

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Participation report

It’s pleasing to note that over this period, regular participation in the sport of bowls increased from 623,281 to 633,865, as reported in Bowls Australia’s 2016 National Bowls Census Report.

Sporting Schools and jr. Jack Attack Over the past two years, Bowls Australia’s (BA) national junior participation program, Jr. Jack Attack, has played a vital role in ensuring the Sporting Schools government initiative continues to successfully engage primary-school aged children in physical activity. The games-based, introductory bowls program has well and truly become a favourite within schools, and a tremendous hit among participants as demand for programs continues to grow. BA’s commitment to growing the sport among junior participants saw the appointment of Jacob Morgan to the Sporting Schools and Social Programs Coordinator role in July of 2016.

website, Sports Coordinator Debbie Flynn purchased the relevant equipment utilising the school’s funding and elected to run a four-week, teacher-led program.

Despite competing with more than thirty different junior sport programs, all offered as part of Sporting Schools, Jr. Jack Attack has now provided more than 15,000 students, across 460 schools nationally, the opportunity to try their hand and develop skills indicative of our great sport.

Since completion of the program, Debbie is full of praise for the Jr. Jack Attack initiative. “Not only was the program used among Primary School students as intended, but also with some of their High School classmates as well, to help develop their recreational skills,” Flynn said.

As success stories and positive messages continue to circulate, more and more Jr. Jack Attack programs are being booked through the Sporting Schools system and conducted within schools.

Debbie went on to explain how the children at Malibu School experience a fear of balls and sporting activities that involve balls, however a slow introduction to bowls, including a sensory lesson to learn the softness and texture of the Jr. Jack Attack bowls proved the difference.

A recent example of the positive impact Jr. Jack Attack has made as part of the Sporting Schools Program has emerged from an educational Support School, located in the South coastal suburbs of Perth.

“There were some innovative ideas incorporated throughout, including the use of PVC pipes as ramps for children in wheelchairs and the use of alternative communication system to,” Flynn added.

Malibu School consists of 108 children, catering to students with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments (vision and hearing), challenging behaviours and/ or autistic spectrum disorders.

Additionally, the school also used Jr. Jack Attack to reinforce life skills for the children, such as sharing, taking turns, fair play and learning basic rules to follow.

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It is fair to say that Jr. Jack Attack was a hit among teachers and students, with one of the older students stating “Bowls was the best sport- it was the best sport I have ever played in my life at Malibu”.

teams. The target zones, scoring wedge and beat the goalie, were located in front of a large crowd of spectators, namely parents, arriving to pick up their children. “It was great to see the parents cheering and clapping as students achieved the objective of the activities. When the final countdown was over the students were still buzzing with excitement and no one really cared which team had scored the most points,” Whiteman said.

Another example of how Sporting Schools has proven a fantastic platform for bowls within schools is provided by Mark Whiteman, Regional Bowls Manager for the Newcastle and Central Coast area.

Melissa, Terry and Mark sat down to evaluate the session and as a result, future visits by Gloucester Public School to Gloucester Bowling Club are very likely.

In July 2016, Mark visited Gloucester Public School, after receiving a phone call from teacher Melissa Seale, who had read the Jr. Jack Attack flyer that he had left at the school on a previous visit.

“initially I was reluctant to run this program because of my very limited knowledge of the sport, however it became apparent there was nothing to worry about due to the level of support from Bowls Australia throughout the whole process,” Melissa said.

During this most recent visit, Mark facilitated a session for around thirty students and three teachers utilising his Jr. Jack Attack kit, to give an indication of how the program works. Mark’s enthusiasm and explanation throughout the demonstration was enough to convince the school Jr. Jack Attack was for them.

Subsequently, Melissa is now a very competent and Bowls Australia endorsed Jr Jack Attack Sporting Schools Coach. The stories of Malibu School and Gloucester Public School are just two of many wonderful examples Bowls Australia receive relating to Jr. Jack Attack. It is this type of positivity surrounding the program, as well as the support and commitment of the 240 BA endorsed Jr. Jack Attack Sporting Schools coaches that keeps the program thriving.

Mark returned to the school six months later, after learning the school had purchased a kit and was commencing a teacherled program. As the school had not been to the bowling club in many years, he saw this as a great opportunity to renew and develop that relationship – to which the Club agreed.

Bowls Australia are working towards an array of initiatives to complement the Jr. Jack Attack program including a structured club level Jr. Jack Attack program, a Teacher Ambassador program, and a High School product to name a few.

Thirty-five students (a school record for attendance of a program), presented to Gloucester Bowling and Recreation Club, eagerly anticipating their first attempt to try out their newfound bowling skills on a real bowling green.

Bowls Australia is extremely grateful for the support of the Australian Sports Commission for their support of the Sporting Schools program which has been instrumental in getting greater numbers of primary school children involved in our sport and legacy bowls equipment at over 370 schools.

On-hand to offer support was club President Terry Davies and various club bowlers, who were keen to see how the session turned out. The session began with a fun warm-up activity, followed by some target games that set the tone for a grandstand finish between two purple teams who faced off against two green

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participation continued Coaching and Officiating also exploring options to utilise online learning to help make our officiating courses more accessible to all participants.

There have been many steps forward in the development of Coaches and Officials. With new modules being offered, the introduction of the E-Learning Hub and more opportunity to access high level courses.

This will help the learning of the new officials and the delivery methods for the Presenters and Assessors.

Within the Coaching stream Bowls Australia has launched its first 100% online coach course for Jr. Jack Attack coaches.

Finally, over the past year Bowls Australia, in conjunction with 6 STAs, has delivered 7 Presenter and Assessor Courses.

This course helps upskill teachers and club members to deliver the Jr. Jack Attack program within schools or at their club for junior participants. In less than a year the online course has seen 150 coaches enrol in the course.

The roll out of the newly formatted course will ensure each state as the workforce to continue to deliver both coach and official accreditation courses. Volunteer committees are the backbone of Australian sport and in particular the committees that support participation are our National Coaching Advisory Group and our National Officiating Advisory Group.

To continue the growth of Club Coaches Bowls Australia ran the first Advanced Coach Course in two years. This saw 15 coaches from 6 different States and Territories start the first blended delivery course (online and face to face learning) that Bowls Australia has conduct.

National Coaching Advisory Group

Bowls Australia is looking forward to running another Advanced Coach Course in the near future providing more opportunity for Club Coaches to grow their knowledge and skills at the next level.

Steven Glasson

Finally, the reaccreditation process for the Advanced Coach Accreditation has been released.

Julia Walsh

The first wave of coaches who gained accreditation four years ago will now need to renewal their accreditation.

Gary Willis

Once again coaches will be utilizing the E-Learning Hub to gain access to materials and submit their work.

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It will also be a place where coaches can connect with one another to share resources, ideas and experiences creating a hub for coaches to connect with one another.

Andrew Lynn

On the Officiating side it has been a busy year with 13 officials gaining World Bowls International Technical Official (ITO) accreditation.

John Dawson

Jaewyn Norton Greg Bostock

Steve Campbell (Convenor)

John Roberts (Chair)

Pam Hockings

Steve Campbell (Convenor) Sandy Wallace

There is now 58 ITOs in Australia which allows Bowls Australia to have the best officials officiating at both National and International events.

Bob Carlson Ian Irvine

Bowls Australia also endorsed 22 ITOs to World Bowls and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation as part of the selection process to officiate at 2018 Commonwealth Games.

All of these members generously give their time and expertise, with a shared goal of making certain that the sport remains enjoyable for many years to come.

The 22 ITOs will have the opportunity to officiate at both National and International events in 2017 as well as attend training days in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games to hone their skills and knowledge.

Bowls Australia would also like to thank all State and Territory Associations for their ongoing support and help in developing and growing the areas of coaching and officiating. Without STA support the development and roll out of new initiatives and programs would not be possible.

The new Officiating Accreditation Structure has now been in place for two years.

BA also extends thanks to all members of advisory groups who give their time and expertise to assist the ongoing development of the sport.

With the help of National Officiating Advisory Group there is continual refinement of the content and resources to ensure the best training can be delivered by our Presenter and Assessor to new officials. Bowls Australia and National Officiating Advisory Group are

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Regional Bowls Manager Program report 2016/17 saw the community based Regional Bowls Manager program move into its sixth year and expand into all areas of Queensland and Western Australia.

For the first time, every bowling Club in Australia could be serviced by a Regional Bowls Manager.

Two RBMs, Andrew Howie were elevated to the role of Senior RBM during the year, recognising their excellent work and helping to manage an expanded team

The past year has seen the RBMs conduct over 5000 visits to clubs, associations, schools and government offices.

The 2015/16 Regional Bowls Manager of the Year was Joshua Thornton…

The RBMs continue to develop good relationships with clubs and other stakeholders by sharing ideas about increasing participation and business planning.

Bowls Australia would like to thank the many club and association volunteers…

Regular participation has increased to 633,865 participants and Jack Attack, the short fun format, is now being played in 155 clubs across the nation.

The willingness of Clubs to call on RBMs for their services is testament to the program making a difference along with the numerous success stories reported in the bowls media.

Four new Regional Bowls Managers joined the program in 2016/17, James Berriman (South Coast NSW & ACT), Craig Donaldson (Northern NSW), Scot Nicholson (Eastern Melbourne/Victoria) and Avon Collis in a joint role with Bowls BT as the territory’s Executive Officer.

If your Club would like any assistance, your Regional Bowls Manager is happy to help and the service is completely free.

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Brand new: Rebranding the sport of bowls Bowls Australia and five State and Territory Associations unveiled new corporate brand identities in February 2017, in an effort to better align the sport’s branding across state and territory borders.

The new branding, which has been adopted by Bowls Australia, Bowls ACT, Bowls NT, Bowls WA, Bowls SA and Bowls Tasmania, features consistent elements that tie the brands together as part of a suite of logos, while also incorporating individual icons and colours specific to each region.

corporate communications from today, the rebranding won’t impact the grassroots level of the sport, or effect the sport’s National Merchandising Program. The National Merchandising Program logo, known to pennantlevel-and-above bowlers nationwide because of the stipulation that it appear on competition clothing, will not be affected by this rebrand of Bowls Australia’s corporate logo.

It is envisaged that the initiative will help the organisations’ brands transcend state and territory borders, creating greater brand affinity and awareness among the 180,673 registered members across 1,902 clubs, while also revitalising the sport’s brand that is presented to the marketplace, to boost the appeal of the sport further than the 623,281 annual regular social participants.

Players can continue purchasing and wearing attire featuring the NMP “A” logo. Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer Neil Dalrymple said the move to contemporary, consistent branding will provide the sport with numerous benefits.

The primary element of the new-look logos is a tear-drop style enclosure, which represents the paths forehand and backhand bowls deliveries take towards the jack, while also boldly displaying the three most prominent aspects of the sport; a bowl, a jack and a green, to ensure greater recognition among the unconverted.

“This initiative is a conscious effort to better brand the sport and align more closely with our strategic direction of collaboration and innovation,” Dalrymple said.

In honour of one of the nation’s most iconic symbols, the jack in Bowls Australia’s logo has been subtly replaced with a Southern Cross star.

“Through research, we discovered that our state and national bodies brands weren’t contemporary or aligned and lacked relevance, so the guiding principles of this rebrand was to establish a modern design, that could be incorporated into different tiers of sub-branding, such as teams and events, and visually articulated both bowls and the individual qualities of each region.

“The new branding will enhance recognition in the marketplace and provide greater opportunity for commercial partnerships, which will benefit the sport as a whole.

The flexible nature of the brand will allow the governing bodies to utilise the core elements of the design in sub-brands, including the suite of national and state events and highperformance programs, reinforcing a focused commitment to establish a consistent brand for the whole sport.

The new logo is only one element of the rebrand for Bowls Australia, who also transitioned to the new website URL of

The adoption of the consistent element in sub-branding is already publicly visible in two logos recently launched by Bowls Australia; the Bowls Premier League and Australian Jackaroos logos. has become the main corporate homepage for the organisation, with redirecting to the new, shortened domain name.

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commercial operations report

Bowls Australia (BA) is once again full of gratitude for the continued support its sponsors have provided throughout the 2016/17 financial year.

Year after year, principal partners the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) provide significant funding, support and direction to ensure the enhancement sport’s governance, administration, policies and overall athlete development.

second season of The Bowls Show, which aimed in the regular 3pm Sunday timeslot from May 14 to October (excluding July 2 to 23). The Bowls Show provided additional commercial opportunities for Bowls Australia. Clubs were presented the opportunity to act as the host club for nominated episodes as well as club profiling opportunities.

BA’s national team representatives, the Australian Jackaroos, Australian Jr. Jackaroos and National Training Centre squad members, and the sport’s high-performance program as a whole have again benefited from the ASC’s support, which has helped to deliver strong results across the many events showcased during this period. This ongoing investment allows the sport’s athletes to achieve high results and contributes to elevating the profile of the sport.

Cruiseabout, a new sponsorship developed across the 2016/17 financial year, has been a welcome addition to Bowls Australia’s partnership portfolio. Cruiseabout have invested additional funding leveraging opportunities to provide members with a discount on individual cruises and multi-cabin deals. The partnership is further strengthened at club level where local Cruiseabout retail outlets are being connected via the Regional Bowls Managers with their local bowls clubs. Cruiseabout have also developing specialised bowls cruises integrating players from the Australian Jackaroos team. In September 2017, Natasha Scott will host a bowls cruise from Brisbane to Port Douglas, providing coaching clinics along the way. Cruiseabout sponsored the Over-60s men’s and women’s pairs disciplines at the 2017 Australian Open, where they surprised all four winners with a $2,500 cruise voucher each to all four competitors.

The annual staging of the Australian Open was again strengthened by the continued support of Tourism Events Queensland (TEQ) and the City of Gold Coast, in the third year of the partnership. This year’s 14-day event encompassed 4528 matches across 13 Gold Coast clubs. The $250,000 event prize pool enticed 2170 unique competitors, an increase of 9% on the previous year. The festival atmosphere of the event ensured seats were filled leading up to and during the final sessions.

Stockland Retirement Living developed a number of sponsored events at nominated bowls clubs as well as six coaching clinics held for residents to enjoy at nominated Stockland Villages. The year ahead will see an increased a digital presence as well as the continuation of coaching clinics.

The new-look trade display positioned at Broadbeach Bowls Club showcased all major bowls manufacturers, licensees and sponsor offerings. We’re pleased to report that the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Stockland Retirement Living, Cruiseabout and BLK all received exposure via the large infrastructure.

Together Stockland Retirement Living, the Regional District Nursing Service (RDNS) and BA combined forces to provide exposure for all three parties at events and coaching clinics across the year.

Fox Sports were again a great supporter of the sport, broadcasting 50 hours of live coverage of the Australian Open, Bowls Premier League (BPL04) in Brisbane and back into Australia from the Sky Sports broadcast of the BPL05 in Auckland.

RDNS has again been a great supporter of Bowls Australia and increased the number of vehicles supplied to BA’s Regional Bowls Managers to seventeen nationally, as well as offering free health and well-being clinics at bowls clubs. Discussions are

Similarly, we must thank SBS for their continued promotion of the sport on free-to-air television, through the coverage of the

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now in place to develop health and well-being hubs aligned to bowls clubs. A pilot program is expected to start at Rosebud Bowls Club later in the year.

well as Season 1 of The Bowls Show. Pundits will be pleased that they can now watch the DVD footage free of charge on The Bowls Clubhouse.

Domina BCiB were instrumental in developing a number of open forums with regional and remote bowls clubs, providing a catalyst for ‘open dialogue’ with BA’s CEO Neil Dalrymple, National Coach Steve Glasson, Australian Jackaroo Karen Murphy and Domina BCiB’s Kelvin Kerkow. The forums were held at a number of locations around Australia and the initiative will continue in the future. Apparel partner BLK went through some ownership changes during 2016/17 but still provided apparel during this difficult financial time. BLK’s support and high quality apparel were well received by BA staff and the Australian Jackaroo highperformance team. A BLK Ambassador program is being developed for nominated Australian Jackaroo players. The end of financial year National Merchandise Program (NMP) results finished with sales at $5,495,044, a decrease of 1.7% on the previous year, while total NMP revenue ended at $639,822 a decrease of 2.1%. Cathead Clothing was the only Licensee that ceased their NMP license throughout the 2016/17 financial year. The e-store sales for year ending were $26,295 compared with $17,283 the previous year. A non-compulsory national umpire polo was created and sold via the eStore this year. Sales initially were strong with a second order placed after 3 months. DVD’s were removed from the e-Store in the early part of 2017 after the launch of The Bowls Clubhouse, a member only portal providing free footage of past matches and competitions as

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FINANCE report The operating result for the 2017 year was a surplus of $62,296 compared with a surplus of $686,135 in 2016. This modest surplus brings us back to a more “normal” trading result after posting outstanding, deferred revenues from the Australian Sports Commission last year.

Revenues grew overall for the year, but even more was invested back into the sport.


Our focus for the year was on expanding on a number of existing initiatives, such as the Regional Bowls Managers and Bowls Premier League. We also expanded our commitment to the Senior Sides competition and focussed on a replacement for our national IT system (Bowls Connect).

Overall expenditure increased 15% for the year by $916k to be $7.157m. (2016: $6.24m). This is a significant step up in investment back into the sport.


Expenditure during the year was directed towards:

Spending on Game Development grew to 29%, up from 27% of total Bowls Australia spending from last financial year.

• Game Development Ongoing grant support from the ASC/Australian Institute of Sport provided a total of $1.64m. This included amounts of $50k relating to Sporting Schools and $200k promoting Sport Participation rolled over from last financial year.

o The ongoing management and funding of the activities of seventeen Regional Bowls Managers throughout Australia giving both support to bowling clubs and the development of the sport;

Commonwealth Games Australia provided a total of $190k to assist the high performance team with its preparation for the forthcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games.

o The continued roll out of “Jack Attack”; o “Jr. Jack Attack” was very successfully promoted and introduced to a growing number of Schools and Clubs;

Substantial sponsorship support was achieved during the year with new commercial partnerships signed with Cruisabout and Blamey Saunders Hears. Value in kind support deals with the Royal District Nursing Service and BLK also continued.

o Coaching and officiating training and accreditation programs and courses. • High Performance o 2016 World Championships held in November/December. Training camps and competitions in preparation for the Commonwealth Games including Trans-Tasman, England’s visit and Multi Nations event.

The National Merchandising Program continues to be a major revenue source to sport development as all the monies from this program are directed towards the deployment of Regional Bowls Managers throughout Australia. Revenue for the year was $66k below 2015/16.

The year saw a renewed focus on the Bowls Connect program and its training and support for associations and clubs. A project for the next phase of this initiative commenced during the year.

Revenue from “Other income” increased significantly during the year. Including additional Bowls Premier League income of $80k, overhead recovery from GOLDOC $112k.

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31% Capitation Fees

25% Operating Grants

21% Sponsorships and Commercial

13% Licensing and Merchandise Sales

10% Sundry Items

1% Interest

29% Game Development

22% National Bowls Events

16% High Performance

10% Television Production

9% Communication & Marketing 3% Governance 2% World Bowls Affiliation

7% Administration & Governance 3% Merchandising materials consumed

BALANCE SHEET and CASH RESOURCES BA continues to maintain and operate a strong financial position with $2.8m held in Cash and Cash equivalents which represents almost 5 months of total expenditure. A focus continues on spending most of the revenue earned and grants received, particularly in the areas of sport development/ participation as outlined in the strategic priorities contained in the Bowls in Australia Strategic Plan 2013 – 2017. Credit management continues to remain effective with only a minor bad debt experienced of $1k.

Increased expenditure on events included Bowls Premier League being played offshore for the first time in New Zealand. BA also made a significant contribution to the cost of travel for teams attending the Senior Sides in South Australia.

Net equity increased to $2m at year end. Bowls Australia continues to maintain a conservative financial position from which to advance the sport of bowls. Glenn Hudson Finance Manager August 2017

There was a full season of the Bowls Show which was broadcast on SBS and Fox Sports and great coverage of the Bowls Premier League event in New Zealand.

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