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ceo Welcome to the October issue of Upshot, the official e-magazine of Bowls New Zealand. Those attending the Bowls New Zealand Annual General Meeting in September saw the introduction of a set of behavioural values for bowls in New Zealand. The values have been developed over the last 12 months through a bottom up and staged approach with input from a range of interviews with over 30 coaches, administrators, senior and junior participants. The initial feedback was then developed by an appointed reference group and they have since been approved by the Board of Bowls New Zealand. They set the platform for how we engage with each other as we move through the many issues of change confronting our sport in the years ahead. They direct not what we do (that’s for the strategy and future whole of sport plans) but they highlight how we do it. I will be making presentations on the new values to Regional Forums over the next month and following that our Community Development Officers will be doing similar presentations to Partner Clubs and Centres. This is an important development for bowls and I encourage all readers to become familiar with our values which feature in this edition and on our website. The Board have also signed off a new Code of Conduct for our sport which has application for all Bowls NZ events. World Bowls have also approved a new Code for all International Events. The purpose of both documents is to make it very clear that players competing at a National and International level are made aware of the standard of conduct expected of them and what the consequences are if the standard is breached. The codes spell out very clearly a players obligation under sportsmanship and explicitly spell out what is expected under playing to the best of their ability at all times, respect towards opponents and Event Officials ,integrity, discrimination and playing within the

Laws and the event conditions of play. The codes are complimentary to the values I have previously referred to. Full details of the Codes of Conduct can be viewed on our website. It has been a good couple of months for the volunteers of our sport, with numerous volunteers being recognised through the Sport NZ regional awards as well as our own Bowls New Zealand National Awards. Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners of the Bowls New Zealand National Awards and thank you for your contribution to our great sport, you can read about all of our winners in this issue. With no rest to international competition, September saw the Trans Tasman contested at Lockleys Bowling Club, Adelaide. There was some close competition between the two nations throughout the three days and both teams will now be looking forward to the World Bowls Championships in November, which will also be held in Adelaide. Our bowls community are getting behind the Black Jacks in this pinnacle event. The past few weeks National Coach Dave Edwards along with Howard Sandler and numerous regional coaches have been on the hunt for up and coming Black Jacks as they toured the country with the Under 18 Regional Camps. Those selected will go on to represent New Zealand in the Under 18 Trans Tasman which will be held next year. Here in the Bowls NZ office we have welcomed two new staff to the team, Jill Blomfield and Chris Wilson. Jill will be running Finance and Events while Chris is our new National Participation and Development Manager. Sam McKean has also had a change of role moving to Administration Manager. A very warm welcome to our new staff. Enjoy your e-magazine!

The Values of Bowls New Zealand


Bowls New Zealand National Bowls Awards 2011-2012


Youth Bowls: Alive and Well in New Zealand


NZ Blackjacks: Tight Battle for Trans 11 Tasman Glory Meet our Blackjacks


The Coaching Staff

One Bowls, One Message

Spotlight on our Suppliers: ISC




Club Scene: 18 Mat-Talk Grant’s Corner to Corner is Back for 18 Summer! Community Post 18 Envelopes Nationals Registrations 18 Now Open Wanted: Have A Go Numbers and Stories 19 Are You Ready for 19 the Season Focus on Umpiring


Have A Go: Sharing the Love of Bowls


Staff Profile: Nicole Fearon


What’s Happening in the Office?





The Values of Bowls NZ



We enjoy the unique social bonds and friendships formed by creating positive, supporting and welcoming environments for people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds.

We grow by planning for the future. By systematically looking for and taking advantage of opportunities we raise awareness, interest and participation in our game.

We enjoy by ensuring that game structures and schedules meet the needs of our participants.

We grow by leading and empowering our people to make decisions and by investing in our future leaders.

We enjoy by playing on quality greens and in pleasant surroundings. As bowls continues to change we will protect the enjoyment of all those involved in the game.

We grow by being flexible, innovative and relevant and in doing so retain and attract a new generation of participants to the game. We value growth. If we stand still we will go backwards

Pictured from left to right: Newcomers enjoy the game of bowls; Shannon honouring the spirit of the game; Val’s Commonwealth Games success.







We share our game with new players by being accessible and welcoming.

We honour the traditions and etiquette of our great game. We do this in a consistent and considered way and by introducing these concepts to new players early in their involvement with bowls.

We succeed by investing in our participants, in coaching and training.

We honour the spirit of our game by committing absolutely and unreservedly to the principles of respect, teamwork, honesty, integrity and fair play. We commit to these principles at all levels of the game.

Success is part of the heritage of bowls in New Zealand.

We share our facilities with our community by reaching out and being innovative, so that we can attract participants and partners. We share our knowledge and the lessons we have learned so that others can benefit. We share our stories of success and achievement. Effective communications strengthens the bowling community and raises the profile and appeal of bowls. We share the challenge of running our clubs and we support our volunteers

We honour our people through recognising achievement and contribution whether it be on the green or off.

We succeed through good planning, administration and governance.

Success attracts people to our game. It attracts sponsors. Success is exciting. It breaks old stereotypes and creates a new and vibrant image. We will succeed by continuing to grow, enjoy, share and honour.

We honour the participation of individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds and we respect their differences.

NZ Development players share their experience with a school group; bowls grows through our new membership.




National Bowls Awards 2011-2012 Centre of the Year Bowls Southland In the 2011-2012 season Bowls Southland has successfully hosted the Junior and Under 18 Trans Tasman, National Club Championships and National Mixed Pairs events. Bowls Southland has put in place good structures and strategies which has ensured the continued success of the centre.

TOWER Club of the Year Burnside Bowling Club Finalist: Waitoa Bowling Club With compelling professionalism, sound business practices, relevant policy documents and a good governance structure in place it’s no wonder that Burnside Bowling Club have been awarded the TOWER Club of the Year award for the third time in five years. Community Development Officer Vince Roper says “I’ve found in most cases Burnside does not adopt best practice – more usually Burnside is creating it … surely the ultimate accolade.”

Player of the Year Jo Edwards Finalists: Mandy Boyd, Sandra Keith, Val Smith The 2011-2012 Player of the Year has been awarded to Jo Edwards who has had an impressive year, proving her skills repeatedly on the international stage. Arguably New Zealand’s most prestigious bowler her sportsmanship and commitment to continuous improvement are exemplary. Jo has been recognised by World Bowls and was awarded an OSCAR from the Confederation Mondaile des Sport de Boules. At the Halberg Awards she was a finalist for Sportswomen of the Year.

Young Player of the Year Mandy Boyd Finalist: Andrew Kelly Mandy has performed consistently well in the past season. After making the final in all four disciplines, a feat which has never been achieved before at the Hyundai National Open Championships Mandy was awarded the ‘Women’s Consistency Award’. She was then selected as a Black Jack for the 6 Nations event in which she as a part of the gold medal winning fours team.

Greenkeeper of the Year Mike Stanaway Finalist: Ray Hazelwood After more than 22 years of dedicated service Mike has been an asset at the Carlton Cornwall Bowling Club. He rebuilt three greens in 2010 and worked to maintain them to the high standard required for the 2011-2012 Hyundai National Open Championships. Not stopping there Mike is a team player and is always willing to help other clubs.




The winners of the 2011-2012 Bowls New Zealand National Bowls Awards have been named! Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners.

National Bowls Awards


Administrator of the Year Trevor Duffy Finalist: Phil Cross Trevor has shown an outstanding commitment to his Milford club. He puts emphasis on the club being strong both on and off the green, which has paid off for the club. He continually shows professional leadership of a team.

Coach of the Year Ben King Finalists: Ricky Dunne, Tony Marinkovic, Cushla McGillivray Ben has been the representative coach of the Wellington team and has recently coached Lisa White to her inclusion in the Black Jacks.

Official of the Year Bruce Tayler Finalist: Michael Johnson Both Bruce and Michael are contributing exceptionally to the sport. Bruce however, has demonstrated his additional work to the Regional Development Team – and is responsible for both Auckland and North Harbour centres.

Volunteer of the Year Robin Shanks Finalist: Jim Cox Robin has undertaken significant voluntary activities at both club and centre level. He has shown leadership for the advancement of the sport and supports the Bowls New Zealand initiatives.

Media Award Alistair McMurran Finalist: Logan Savory Throughout the past year Alistair McMurran has provided consistent coverage of bowls in New Zealand with positive, passionate articles which have been in support of Bowls New Zealand’s growth and development.





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YOUTH BOWLS ALIVE AND WELL IN NEW ZEALAND The four Under 18 Regional Camps, which have been held around the country are all wrapped up after the final one being held in Dunedin on 11 till 12 October. Youth from around the country have taken to the green to show off their skills in the hope of being selected for the Under 18 Trans Tasman team which will take on Australia in March of next year. National Coach Dave Edwards shares what he is hoping to achieve from these camps, “our three objectives are to work on the skill levels of the players, trial for the Trans Tasman while earmarking players for the future, and to involve local coaches.” With the high numbers and skill levels of the attendees who turned out at each of these camps the hard job now lies with the selectors. “It’s going to be a very difficult decision for selectors” says Coach Howard Sandler. Although not yet 18 these highly driven youth know exactly what they want and are putting in the hard yards to get there. Auckland based Selina Goddard, from Carlton-Cornwall Bowls, has spent her

life around bowls and was, as she puts it “basically raised at a bowls club.” With a passion which is hard to match Selina has it all planned out. “My goal is to get into a New Zealand team and put on that black shirt. This camp is a great pathway to that” she says. Until then Selina will be working towards the Hyundai National Open Championships where she will be playing with one of her biggest supporters, her Mum. “She’s my mentor” says Selina, who has coaxed her Mum into playing pairs with her “I’m really looking forward to playing with her.” Tauranga South Bowling Clubs, Talor Duncan is another of the many inspiring youth who have their sights set on the black shirt. Drawing inspiration from Peter Belliss, Talor is determined to continue improving until he gets that perfect shot. “Bowls means everything to me” he says. “I live to play that perfect shot. It’s why I get up in the morning . . . because I love the sport.”

And what does he think of the camp? “It’s a good idea and its good having the first year and development players together – it keeps you on your toes.” With passionate, dedicated and driven youth stepping up to the green it appears youth bowls in New Zealand will be growing from strength to strength!

Pictured right: Selina Goddard; below: Mt Eden’s youth filled greens.



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TIGHT BATTLE FOR TRANS TASMAN GLORY New Zealand and Australia came together on the greens of Adelaide from 18-20 September in a tight battle for Australasian supremacy. The three tests were tight with both the men’s and women’s series were tied at one each after the first two days play. It all came down to the final afternoon session as things were still hanging in the balance with the Aussies holding a slight edge after the morning session on day three. They then sealed the deal during the afternoon session. The Black Jacks had a dominating start to the tournament with the men’s side winning all four of their disciplines on the first day. “Their performance was outstanding and I think it is fair to say that it is not often one country beats another 4-0” beams National Coach Dave Edwards. The women’s side, not to be outshone, had close games and took the win in the pairs and fours with the golden duo of Jo Edwards and Val Smith once again taking to the green together, winning two of their three games. “I’ve enjoyed working with Jo again” comments skip Val Smith “we’ve really gelled.” Test two saw the Aussies come out

firing as they tried to narrow the Blacks Jacks lead. Following early morning showers the Black Jacks struggled to adjust to the green speeds giving the Jackaroo’s enough of an edge to take five of the eight games. This left the teams evenly poised leading into the final days play. Carrying the momentum from the second test the Australian side managed to hold out the Kiwi’s on the final day. Wins in the men’s pairs and the women’s fours weren’t enough to hold off the Australians from claiming the trophies. “Naturally we were disappointed to come home empty handed as far as the trophies were concerned” said Edwards. “There is great pride in the Black Jacks team and we always seek to win and bring home the bacon but we found the Aussies just a little more on song then what we were. However it was far from one sided and we are still happy with our performance with the big picture being World Bowls in November.” With spirits still high the Black Jacks will finish their World Bowls preparation by taking on the South Australian Representative side before taking on the world at World Bowls in November.



In November this year our Black Jacks will be heading to Adelaide for World Bowls 2012. We met some of the team in Augusts’ Upshot and below we get to meet the rest of the team and get to know the people behind the bowls.

Jan Khan

Lisa White

Shannon McIlroy

Current City: Christchurch.

Current City: Wellington.

Current City: Nelson.

Current Club: Beckenham.

Current Club: Victoria/Naenae.

Current Club: Stoke Bowling Club.

How it all began? Played netball before I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I lost my left breast at the age of 39 and was told to take up a slower paced sport.

How it all began? I started in 1999, my parents took me along to indoor bowls and I really enjoyed it. In about 2000 I took up outdoor and in the last few years have taken it really serious. I’m a double international player both indoor and outdoor.

How it all began? Started at the age of 5 years old through my dad.

Who is your greatest influence in sport? My mum (Millie Khan) who got me into the game of bowls. If you weren’t playing Bowls what would you be doing? Enjoying some family time with grandchildren, daughter, partner and the rest of the whanau. Do you have any secret talents? Enjoying life, lots of laughs, the odd joke or two. Accept life as it comes and take the good out of it. What is one thing people should know about you? Loyal, friendly. What is your favourite/ideal destination that you like to escape to? Fiji.



Who is your greatest influence in sport? Blake Signal. If you weren’t playing Bowls what would you be doing? I would be overseas on my OE. Do you have any secret talents? I’m not too bad at pool. What is one thing people should know about you? I’m a very quiet person. What is your favourite/ideal destination that you like to escape to? Spain.

Who is your greatest influence in sport? My family, always 100% behind me. If you weren’t playing Bowls what would you be doing? Cooking and a very average golfer. Do you have any secret talents? Cooking. What is one thing people should know about you? I’m a Maori and loud and proud. What is your favourite/ideal destination that you like to escape to? Fiji – awesome place to relax and enjoy the sun.


the coaching staff

Val Smith Current City: Nelson. Current Club: United Bowling Club.

DAVE EDWARDS, National Coach.

JOSIE UREN, Assistant Coach.

RAELENE PETERS, Assistant Coach.

TERRY SCOTT, Assistant Coach.

How it all began? Competed in a sports all rounder involving 17 sports, which included Bowls. I loved it so played the next summer in a business league for 2 years, became addicted and so joined up. Who is your greatest influence in sport? Originally my parents, especially my father, then all the many passionate players and coaches I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and knowing. If you weren’t playing Bowls what would you be doing? Having holidays. Do you have any secret talents? I can cross my little toe over my second toe without using my hands. What is one thing people should know about you? I’m not particularly politically correct, yet I’m not offensive either. What is your favourite/ideal destination that you like to escape to? The Mediterranean.



ONE BOWLS ONE MESSAGE With the World Bowls Championships merely a month away we went out into our community to find the messages that everyone wants to pass onto the Black Jacks before they take on the world.

Tony Grantham

Bowls Wellington

Tayla Bruce

Val Smith

Jan Khan

Shannon McIlroy



Ali Forsyth


Touch NZ

Jo Edwards

Richard Girvan

Mandy Boyd

Bowls NZ Office

Lisa White

If you would like to send a message of support to the Black Jacks please email:





How has ISC Lenco been involved with bowls in the past? Many clubs will be familiar with Lenco Apparel as suppliers of bowls club uniforms for the last 20 years. We still manufacture most of our clothing here in Auckland, so we are able to cater for small quantities and our quality is excellent. Tell us about compression garments. A compression garment is a firm fitting garment that is worn to assist with improving blood flow, to support and reduce movement of the muscles during exercise and assist with recovery. We have available tops, pants and the very popular compression socks. How can wearing compression wear help bowls players? Compression garments assist with improving blood flow and support your muscles during playing and most

importantly assist with recovery of your muscles. If players are finding that they get sore muscles after playing, try wearing our compression wear during and after playing, you will be surprised at the results. We have long and short sleeve tops, shorts and pants in both means and women’s fit. Our compression socks are ideal for improving blood flow and reduce the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) so if you are prone to calf cramps, tired and achy legs, mild ankle or leg swelling, our compression socks are sure to help. They are also great to wear during long flights. What makes ISC compression garments different to other compression products? The ISC compression fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles so is very eco friendly. Also, it is 20% more durable and retains its fit more than all competitors tested.

How long do they last? If worn up to three times a week they should last at least 12-18 months How are you helping the Black Jacks achieve their World Bowls goals? ISC Compression garments are technical high performance garments ensuring that the player recovers as quickly as possible. By wearing ISC Compression wear during training or playing the Black Jacks are able to recover quickly so that they can train harder and play harder ensuring a better performance and decreasing the risk of injury. How do we get more information? Go to our website, you can order online and we are giving all bowls club members a 20% discount off normal retail price.




club scene MAT-TALK Have you seen our new e-newsletter mat-talk? Launched on 6 September mat-talk is a fortnightly newsletter which keeps you up to date with all bowls news from tournaments to youth to volunteer information and latest news. If you haven’t received mat-talk in your inbox then go to to sign up now. Congratulations to Kaye Wong from Petone Central Bowling Club for winning the naming of the e-newsletter competition!

GRANT’S CORNER TO CORNER IS BACK FOR SUMMER! Grant’s will be back this season with their Corner to Corner tournament and this time will be joined by Corbans wine. If your club hasn’t been selected as a Grant’s club for this season you can still join in! Check out the Grant’s club list at; and head along for a great night on the green.

COMMUNITY POST ENVELOPES Applications have closed for Community Post envelopes and Bowls New Zealand has placed an application on behalf of all clubs. We will be notified by October 31 as to whether our application was successful and will then send the requested number of envelopes out to all clubs who have registered with us. Additional information will be available after October 31.

NATIONALS REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN Register now for this prestigious event in the bowling calendar, which this year will be held at Paritutu Bowling Club in New Plymouth. Take up your opportunity to play our countries top bowlers, meet up with fellow bowlers from around the country and enjoy this unique event. Register at




WANTED: HAVE A GO NUMBERS AND STORIES Well done to all the clubs around the country who have held Have a Go days! We are looking forward to hearing how it all went and are also seeking for the number of participants who attended. It is important that we gather these numbers from each club as the statistics go to Sport NZ and impact the funding and relevance of the sport. If you would like to have a good brag about the great stories from your clubs day then please send them to

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FOCUS ON UMPIRING Thank you to Michael Ayers of the BNZUC for this article.


When the jack is moved into the ditch it often causes confusion among players. This may be because there are as many laws for the jack as there are for the bowl. We take a closer look at some of them;

Law 33.5.3 If the jack is displaced by a non toucher entering the ditch, an opponent or marker should put the jack back to its former position.

Law 29.2 Once in the ditch the position of the jack should be marked by a white marker placed vertically against the face of the bank or on top of the bank. In a sand ditch the jacks position should be marked by drawing a line, or in a synthetic or vegetation ditch should be marked with chalk. Law 29.3, 29.3.1, 29.3.2 The position of a jack in the ditch will be validly altered if the jack is moved by: • A toucher in play • A non toucher partly on the rink and partly overhanging the ditch, as long as part of the non toucher is still on the rink when it comes to rest after it has moved the jack. Law 29.5 If once it’s position has been marked there is further movement of a jack in the ditch, it’s new position should be marked (as in 29.2) by moving the indicators or removing or re-drawing the lines as appropriate. Law 33.3.3 If a jack in the ditch is displaced by the disturbance of a dead bowl at rest in the ditch, it should be put back to its former position. Both skips or opponents in singles have to agree where the jack should be placed to, or declare the end

DEAD JACK Law 30 There are several ways a jack is made dead. A jack, moved by a bowl in play is dead if; • Law 30.1.1 it passes above the face of the bank. • Law 30.1.2 passes completely outside the side boundary of the rink of play • Law 30.1.3 comes to rest in any hollow in the face of the bank • Law 30.1.4 if it comes to rest less than 20metres from the mat line. Law 30.3 The skips or players in singles should decide if a jack is dead or not as soon as they realise it is necessary. The decision can still be made even if a number of bowls have been played after the jack came to rest. If they cannot reach agreement they should ask the umpire to make a decision. Law 30.4 If the jack is dead then the end is dead and Law 31 will apply. However for domestic play Member National Authorities can decide not to have the end declared dead. Instead they can decide to have the jack re-spotted in line with Law 15.5.



Be in to WIN one of two $500 donations for your club by taking part in this year’s HAVE-A-GO Day. Simply send in a photo of your Bowls Club fundraising with and/or enjoying NESCAFÉ CAFÉ MENU frothy coffee. All entries will be judged in the best photo entry category to be in to win $500. All remaining entries will be placed in the prize draw for an additional chance to win $500. SIMPLY EMAIL A PHOTO along with your contact details to no later than 5pm on Wednesday 14 November 2012.


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Visit to view the full terms and conditions. A valid entry requires the permission of all people who appear in the entry photograph. There is one judged prize of a $500 club donation for the best photo entry. All remaining entries will have an additional chance to win the prize draw of a $500 club donation. Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday 14 November 2012. The winning Bowls Clubs will be notified by email or telephone. The names of the winning Bowls Clubs, (including the winning photo) will feature in future NESCAFÉ CAFÉ MENU advertisements in UPSHOT magazine. Promoter is Nestlé New Zealand Limited, 12-16 Nicholls Lane, Parnell, Auckland.

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SHARING THE LOVE OF BOWLS Volunteers were out in force on Sunday 14 October running Have a Go days across the country. 26 people streamed through the gates of Wakefield Bowling Club to give bowls a go bringing with them the whole family, and the dog! “We were thrilled so many people turned up, it was fantastic” beamed Have a Go coordinator Margaret. “We have run Have a Go before and usually have a good response.” With the help of the Waimea Weekly newspaper, Wakefield advertised their Have a Go day along with their community bowls and Christmas Bowls programmes in a two page spread. They followed this up with a leaflet drop, radio advertising at

a local station and a load of word of mouth advertising thanks to their members. On the day all of their hard work paid off with a club bustling full of people ranging from nine years old to 73. “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves” said Margaret. “We had music playing as well, there was a lot going on with a fun atmosphere.” Have a Go day is all about bringing people into your bowling club, especially those who wouldn’t usually come along. Exposing the community to the game which we all love and showing them that bowls truly is for all ages. “The message got across that you don’t have to be old to play bowls ... there were people who thought they would

never play bowls and really enjoyed it.” And they must have enjoyed themselves, with four people signing up as full members on the day and numerous others coming back for community bowls. “We pointed out to them the ability to play weekends and nights and how flexible bowls can be as well as how many different formats there are. I think that’s important, you’ve got to make it flexible for all.” So what’s Margaret’s secret to success? “I think the thing is to have enthusiastic club members and to advertise, thats been our winning thing.” Pictured below: Wakefield Bowling Club




A FRESH SPIN ON LAWN BOWLS. Grant’s Corner to Corner is back for another year, and this time we have Corbans wine on board for the ride. So come join in the fun and try out a different angle on your favourite pastime!


STAFF PROFILE NICOLE FEARON You may have noticed that there has been a change in writing style over the past few editions of Upshot. Some of you may also have dealt with her when it comes to MIB, Have a Go, Christmas Bowls or you may have seen her facebook posts. Well today we are going to finally introduce you to our Marketing and Communications Assistant Nicole Fearon. Nicole has been with Bowls NZ since November last year, after successfully graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies in Marketing and Sports Business Management.

Growing up in Palmerston North Nicole, at the age of 4, had high aspirations of becoming a rubbish truck driver and then ending her career as a four square owner somewhere close to a beach. In between all of this Nicole has found her way into the marketing office at Bowls NZ and has been helping to facilitate and manage all the marketing and communications for our national programmes among all the other work that she is involved in. Outside of the office Nicole is very active in surf lifesaving in which she has represented Mairangi Bay Surf Life Saving Club. Throughout her 11 years in surf Nicole has been involved in various roles. Having a full time job and juggling surf life saving is no easy task but Nicole has managed to make it look like a piece of cake. When asked what she likes about

surf Nicole responded with “There are so many different aspects which people can be involved in. It’s great to be able to give something back to the community and help people, the club also becomes like a second family” In Bowls Nicole is looking forward to the start of the international bowls events in 2013 leading up to World Bowls 2016. “It will be a good opportunity to showcase the top level of the sport to New Zealand and it is also exciting to be able to bring this event to Christchurch and give the community something to look forward to” says Nicole. It is approaching a year since Nicole joined Bowls NZ and when asked what it’s like working at Bowls Nicole, while typing away on her computer, replies “to be honest it’s been very busy and it has been a huge learning curve.”

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE OFFICE? New to every issue of Upshot will be the ‘What’s happening in the office?’ This page will keep you up to date on what your national staff are currently working on and everything new which is going on in Bowls NZ around the country.

New Staff Join the Bowls NZ Team This month we welcome two new staff to the Bowls NZ team. With Sam McKean moving into the role of Administration Manager, Jill Blomfield has come on board and will be taking on the events and finance. Bringing with her a wealth of experience in PR and events we are looking forward to having Jill on the team. Chris Wilson has also joined us as the new National Participation and Development Manager coming from a strong background in sports co-ordination, such as at Hockey Manawatu. Welcome to both of you.

Annual General Meeting

Lynette Adams

September marked the Annual General Meeting. Among presenting the annual report and financials for the past year the bowls in New Zealand values were also launched. These values; Enjoy, Grow, Share, Honour, Succeed were created with the input of many people within the sport and so we will endeavour to live and breathe these values which are so important to our community. The next 12 months will also see the development of a whole of sport plan which will help to bring change to bowls in order to stay relevant and grow participation numbers. Lynette Adams has retired from the board after 6 years of service. The board for the 2012/2013 season is: John Carter (Chairman), Trevor McComish (President), Ann Muir (Vice President), Cushla McGillivray, Matt Barber, Matt Benson, John Calvin.

Sixteenth Annual Report The Sixteenth Annual Report has gone out to all clubs celebrating the 2011/2012 bowls season and includes the financials for this period, national and international events as well as membership statistics and our National Bowls Awards winners. You can access a hardcopy from your club or a soft copy from the Bowls NZ website on the following link;

Database Update The database is coming along with 154 clubs and 14,000 people registered. If your club isn’t yet registered then please send your club database to

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Bowls New Zealand National Awards National Bowls Awards


Our National Awards are all done and dusted and the Bowls New Zealand team would like to congratulate and thank all those who have contributed to the 2011/2012 season and in particular those who were finalists and winners in the Bowls New Zealand National Awards. It is the efforts of these people which helps our sport to continue functioning and improving.



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Upshot - October 2012  

The Official Bowls NZ eMagazine, October 2012

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