Bowls Australia recognise and thank the following partners for their support and contribution to the staging of the 2017 Hall of Fame and Awards Night. Without their valued assistance, tonight would not be possible. Australian Sports Commission, Bolton Clarke, BCiB Insurance Brokers, City of Gold Coast, Cruiseabout, Stockland Retirement Living, Tourism & Events Queensland.
Order of proceedings: Bowls Australia welcome and year in review Bolton Clarke Regional Bowls Manager of the Year Volunteer of the Year Official of the Year City of Gold Coast Coach of the Year Stockland Retirement Living Club of the Year Bowler with a Disability of the Year Tourism & Events Queensland Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year BCiB Insurance Brokers Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year Cruiseabout Male Bowler of the Year Cruiseabout Female Bowler of the Year Hall of Fame inductions Australian Sports Commission International Bowler of the Year Hall of Fame Legend elevations
Welcome to the 2017 Hall of Fame and Awards Night at Crowne Plaza, Surfers Paradise. On behalf of the Board and staff of Bowls Australia, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you here to Surfers Paradise for the 2017 Hall of Fame and Awards Night; an event that is truly the sport’s night of nights. Tonight marks the seventh staging of the sport’s annual Awards Night ceremony and just the fourth occurrence of the coveted Hall of Fame component since its inception in 2011. This function is a fantastic opportunity to recognise bowls’ most deserving players, officials and volunteers for their achievements over the past 12 months, and acknowledge the significant contribution a select few individuals have made to the sport during their lifetimes. To simply be nominated for one of the 11 award categories on offer tonight is an accomplishment in itself, so I extend my sincerest congratulations to each and every finalist regardless of the impending results. While formalities stipulate we have to declare a winner in each category, all individuals, clubs and organisations that are present here tonight are winners in my book and the sport is far better for the contributions you have made.
I also extend my congratulations to the five thoroughly deserving Hall of Fame inductees and two Hall of Fame Legend elevations; tonight is a token of Bowls Australia’s appreciation for the invaluable role you have played in shaping the sport’s success in this country. I would also like to take this opportunity to recognise the partner organisations whose continual support ultimately allows us to stage these award ceremonies, so I encourage you all to return the support they have showed us. In particular, I would like to thank the Australian Sports Commission, Bolton Clarke, BCiB Insurance Brokers, City of Gold Coast, Cruiseabout, Stockland Retirement Living, and Tourism & Events Queensland, as well as the staff that represent these organisations, for their support. I also offer my thanks to the individuals who made up the committees to determine tonight’s finalists, winners, inductees and elevations; your insight and decision-making is certainly appreciated. I hope you all thoroughly enjoy the evening ahead here at Crowne Plaza and on behalf of Bowls Australia, thank you for your attendance and support. Neil Dalrymple Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer
Regional Bowls Manager of the Year Andrew Howie (South East Queensland)
John Emerson (Western Victoria)
David Inglis (Riverina and Western NSW)
Andrew has been a considerable asset for the clubs within his region of South East Queensland, and is one of three Senior RBMS within the 18-strong team.
John has been praised for his tireless work assisting clubs within the Western Victorian region, and his expertise has seen him recognised as a Senior RBM.
David has helped the Riverina and Western NSW clubs in his portfolio achieve significant results during this period, and has himself achieved consistent KPIs as across the board.
Andrew has achieved consistently high results across all areas of his Key Performance Indicators, and has been particularly strong in assisting clubs with implementing national programs, including Jack Attack and BPL Cup competitions; 20 clubs are now onboard with Jack Attack and six venues joined the inaugural BPL Club competition.
He achieved the most amount of visits to clubs, associations, partners and other stakeholders of the three RBM finalists, with 435 recording during the eligible period.
David made 343 visits to clubs, associations, partners and other stakeholders during this timeframe, gained six new Jack Attack clubs, and helped his clubs with securing $350,000 worth of grant revenue.
He assisted clubs with procuring $990,000 in grants, and is a frequent contributor of good news stories to Bowls Australia and the Queensland Bowler magazine.
He also assisted clubs with generating in excess of $2,000,000 worth of grants, and helped four new clubs implement Jack Attack programs. John has been lauded for helping many clubs navigate the legislation surrounding open gender and same sex events.
Clubs within Davidâ€™s region boast the largest social media presence of the three RBM finalists, with over 75% of clubs utilising the various platforms for promotion. David has also been praised for his excellent delivery of Jr. Jack Attack and Sporting Schools programs and the increased sales of Jr. Jack Jack Attack kits within his region.
Volunteer of the Year John Luchetti (Yamba, NSW)
Barry O’Brien (Club Pine Rivers, QLD)
John is a qualified coach who unselfishly volunteers a countless amount of his time to bring new bowlers to a level of confidence and ability where they can successfully enter the sport in a competitive manner.
Barry plays an instrumental role in coordinating all volunteers and officials at Bowls Australia’s Bowls Premier League event annually at Queensland’s Club Pine Rivers.
He has excelled by patiently developing several bowlers with special needs to the stage where they now possess the necessary confidence and skill levels to regularly participate in social bowls and certain club championships.
During the 2016 event, BPL04, Barry assisted with leading 60 volunteers and officials to ensure the success of the event.
John is heavily committed to the promotion of the sport of bowls within the community, and regularly volunteers his time in club activities and initiatives including; school coaching programs, community, family and business competitions and club open and social day visits. A willing worker around the club, John assists with the running of the club championships, tournaments and official bowls programs and also assists in the maintenance and preparation of the greens. John was a finalist for Bowls NSW’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year award.
While his contribution spans many different areas and tasks, primary responsibilities include training, rostering and day-to-day management of the volunteers pre-event and during the tournament. Barry’s role is seen absolutely crucial to the success of the BPL event, which is an important component of the Bowls in Australia Strategic Plan for 2013 to 2017.
Official of the Year Diane Milner (Walaroo, SA)
Laureen Smith (Yarrawonga Mulwala, VIC)
Diane is a well credentialed and regarded International Technical Official that tirelessly volunteers her time and skillset to help deliver some of the sport’s premier events, at state, national and international level.
Laureen is a finalist in tonight’s Official of the Year award category as a result of stellar contribution in the role of an International Technical Official and as a Presenter and Assessor.
Similar to our other finalist for this award, Diane played a pivotal role in officiating numerous national and international events during the eligible period, including the 2016 World Bowls Championships in New Zealand, 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations event and 2017 Australian Open.
Identified as one the leading International Technical Officials within the country, and arguably the world, Laureen has assisted with officiating at many of the sport’s marquee and benchmark international and national events.
Diane live two-and-a-half hours from Adelaide and continually traverses the distance to further officiate at state events, including Champions Week. She works tireless in her region of the Yorke Peninsula and is very generous with the time she gives to assist bowlers within that area. Diane was appointed to Bowls SA’s officiating panel due to her expertise and knowledge of the Laws of the Sport and strong attention to detail.
Notably, Laureen officiated with distinction at the 2016 World Bowls Championships in New Zealand, the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations event, and the 2017 Australian Open; where she was handpicked to mark the coveted women’s singles final, which was broadcast live on Fox Sports. Laureen is a Presenter and Assessor for the Ovens and Murray Region of Victoria, which includes 31 clubs. In this role, she has displayed excellent presentation skills, effective planning and preparation, and delivers the courses with clear and detailed instructions.
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Coach of the Year Chris Green (Taren Point, NSW)
Les Carter (Bowls SA)
As a former NSW junior bowler, Chris has taken much of his past learnings and implemented them into his programs for the betterment of current NSW juniors.
As the men’s state coach for South Australia, Les has played a crucial role in the development, progression and ultimate success that the state has enjoyed in recent times.
Chris played a key role in developing programs for NSW Junior State Camps, Regional State Training Days, Monthly Training regimes for squad members and specialised training programs leading up to major events, such as the Australian Under-18 Championships. His work with junior players has been highly commended, particularly in the area of developing goals for squad members to be successful and talented both on and off the green. Chris’ training camp programs include on-green activities in line with National Training Centre and Australian Squad drills, plus off-green education in public speaking, nutrition, ASADA education, mental Illness awareness and social media awareness. Through the development in these areas, Chris assists junior bowlers across the state of NSW with education, improved confidence and overall improvement, not just as a bowler, but as young adults.
Les has taken the reigns of the Adelaide Endurance in two Bowls Premier League competitions, BPL04 and BPL05, during the eligibility period, and helped mastermind the state’s Alley Shield victory at the 2017 Australian Sides Championships, which broke a 29-year drought. Renowned for being highly organised for trainings, Les coordinates efficiently with the players, leadership group and selection panel for preparation, and brings new ideas to improve effectiveness, including implemented a new scoring system system at state training. Les contributes to players’ and the squad’s overall improvement through not only a focus on technique and skill, but also on shot selection and developing the culture of the entire squad, setting clear expectations and developing behaviors for all squad members. Les has always focused on the squad and team as an overall rather than individual achievements, and doesn’t take credit for individual successes although he acknowledges how his implementation of behaviours and cultures may have had an effect on the players involved.
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Club of the Year Rockhampton Bowls Club (QLD)
Torquay Bowls Club (VIC)
Queensland’s Rockhampton Bowls Club was one of the first clubs to put measures in place to stage BPL Cup and Jack Attack programs, and are ambitious in pushing forward to improve the stature and profile of the club.
Years of innovation in response to social changes within Torquay and the club’s wider environment have completely reshaped the Torquay Bowls Club.
The club has been progressive in their approach to adopt new national initiatives and to help sell these concepts to their committees, members and new participants.
From a club in decline, separated from its local community by tradition and its status as an enclave for the aged, the club has now reinvented itself by looking hard at its decaying situation and acting in contrast to the increasing number of clubs subsiding into oblivion.
Their initial BPL Cup competition, which was staged over an eight-week period, has been lauded as highly successful and they have capitalised on that success with further Jack Attack programs, which have been booked out. At each session they have a number of members on hand to assist with coaching new players and to promote all facets of their club.
Torquay purchased two Jr. Jack Attack kits in 2015 to use with the two local schools in the region, but in June 2017 the club decided to undertake a new, progressive approach, by taking the program to the schools in which over 100 children participated over eight weeks with a framework deigned to empower and equip both the students and teachers.
Through the staging of these programs, the club prioritises obtaining participants’ contact details and then are able to capture them within their promotion of forthcoming events.
From a declining membership of 170, Torquay Bowls club presently has a combined membership of 843 people compromising 401 affiliated bowlers, and the balance in social members, with the growth primarily attributed to the club’s willingness to adapt and change, through influential leadership, strategic planning, governance reform and incorporating a new entry level competition, Twilight Bowls, which brings in some 240 people each week across two weeknight events.
Rockhampton also devotes a significant amount of energy into progressing junior programs and actively assists schools with coaching and events.
Through these measures, the club has prospered, with more than 30,000 visitors utilising the club annually, and more than 5,000 barefoot bowlers introduced each year.
Bowler with a Disability of the Year Lynne Seymour (Thuringowa, QLD)
Josh Thornton (East Shepparton, VIC)
Lynne is one of the most credentialed members of the Australian Blind Bowlers Association and has enjoyed a scintillating time on the greens during the eligibility period.
Josh lives and breathes the sport of bowls. He is involved in numerous levels, including as a coach, player and administrator, the latter two of which he has excelled at in recent times; just 12 months ago Josh was recognised as the Regional Bowls Manager of the Year.
On the national stage, Lynne claimed the Australian Open’s Vision Impaired women’s singles gold medal and the VI women’s pairs silver medal, while at the Australian Vision Impaired Championships, she secured two gold and one silver, winning the open pairs and mixed pairs and finishing runner-up in the women’s singles. On the world arena, Lynne could not have had a bigger impact, having covered herself in glory at the World Vision Impaired Championships in South Africa, where she was triumphant in the women’s singles B4 discipline and the mixed pairs B4 category; with the two gold medals symbolic of her preparation, determination and ability. Lynne is assisted ably at events by her husband Bob as her coach and director.
Testament to his exceptional ability on the green, Josh has achieved success in both the bowlers with a disability disciplines and abled-bodies categories during this period. The standout moment during this period came at the sport’s biggest and most lucrative event, the 2017 Australian Open, where Josh united with long-time friend Barrie Lester to take out the open men’s pairs event live on Fox Sports; which was one of the sport’s more endearing broadcast moments. Josh finished the National Player Ranking System period in 15th place, which is a highly commendable result. On the international stage, Josh was part of the successful Trans Tasman Test Series, in the parasport team, as well as the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations parasport contingent.
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Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year Kate Matthews (Raymond Terrace, NSW) Kate has been one of the sport’s brightest young prospects in recent years, which has seen her selected for international representation at a development level and successful at club, district, state and national levels. Kate, who was recognised as the 2016 NSW Junior Bowler of the Year, has impressed national selectors to be chosen in the Australian Junior Jackaroos Squad for 2015-16 and 2016-17, on the back of a number of sublime achievements. In junior national events, Kate claimed the coveted 2016 Junior Golden Nugget gold medal and steered NSW girls’ fours to a gold medal at the Australian Under-18 Championships, which helped orchestrate a girls’ overall state and NSW overall state champions trophies. Kate was also part of the under-18 District Pairs and Fours winning teams in Zone 2 and a runner-up in the under-18 state pairs.
Jessica Srisamruaybai (Tweed Heads, QLD) Jessica is without question a star on the rise, and definitely one to watch in the coming years as she transitions into the sport’s open levels. During this period, Jessica has established herself as one of the sport’s preeminent under-18 competitors; not content with a runner-up finish at the Australian Open’s under-18 girls’ singles event in 2016, Jessica went one step further this year and secured the prestigious title; she also made the last 64 in the open singles and final 16 in the pairs. At the sport’s other national junior event, Jessica skipped the Queensland girls’ fours team to silver medal and a fourth place finish in the triples at the 2016 Australian Under-18 Championships. Jessica also donned the Maroon uniform for the Queensland women’s team at the sport’s premier state versus state event, the Australian Sides Championships, where she helped secure the women’s Marj Morris Trophy as a lead. Jessica was part of the successful Australian Development team at the 2017 Trans Tasman Test Series at Broadbeach, where Australia secured a series victory.
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Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year Jono Davis (Club Mount Lewis, NSW) Jono is one of the most decorated junior bowlers in the history of the sport; having already won this award the past two years. Another stellar 12 months on the green has seen Jono secure the sport’s junior double, in the Australian Open’s under-18 singles and Australian Under-18 Championships’ singles titles, for a consecutive year. Demonstrating his sheer dominance at junior events, Jono has now won both singles titles in 2016 and 2017. At the 2016 Australian Under-18 Championships, in addition to the blueribbon boys’ singles gold medal, Jono also won the boys’ pairs golden medallion, both of which aided the NSW Blues with winning the event’s Overall Champion State Trophy. Jono also claimed the 2016 NSW Champion of Champions titles, which afforded him entry into the recently staged Australian Champion of Champions event, where he finished with a silver medal with just shots separating him from gold.
During the 2016/17 National Player Ranking period, Jono finished eleventh in Australia and third in NSW, and he was also part of the victorious Australian Development side at the Trans Tasman Test Series.
Lachlan Sims (Trevallyn, TAS) Lachlan is regarded as one of the sport’s most promising junior players; a reputation earned on the back of stellar results and consistent dedication. National Selectors recognised his ability and consistency with a spot in the Australian Development team for the 2017 Trans Tasman Test Series at Broadbeach, where his ledger stood at eight wins from nine starts. At the 2016 Australian Under-18 Championships, Lachlan secured bronze medals in both of his disciplines contested, the singles and pairs, and was rewarded with one of six boys’ spots in the Australian Junior Jackaroos Squad for 2016/17. Lachlan concluded the 2016 National Ranking System period as the 33rd highest rated male bowler, and was a member of the runner-up Tasmanian state side at the 2017 Australian Sides Championships.
Male and Female Bowler of the Year Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC)
Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC)
Barrie cemented his spot as the sport’s top tanking male bowler at the conclusion of the 2016/17 rankings period to claim the title of Australia’s number one male bowler.
Carla has etched her name into the history books as the country’s first number one female bowler of the year from the state of Victoria.
Barrie’s stellar year included success at local, state, national and international level, although the latter didn’t play a role in this particular achievement. Ranking highly among Barrie’s notable accomplishments this year was the rare Victorian double he claimed; as the Victorian State Singles Champion and Victorian Champion of Champion title winner. He sealed the illustrious Male Bowler of the Year title with a maiden Australian Open crown, following years of heartbreak as a runner-up, alongside this year’s Bowler with a Disability of the Year finalist Josh Thornton, in the men’s pairs. Barrie’s second greatest amount of rankings points came courtesy of his Yallourn Open Singles victory. In addition to his trophy and title as the nation’s top male bowler, Barrie will also take home a cheque to the value of $3,000, courtesy of Bowls Australia’s partner Cruiseabout.
Carla upstaged two-time defending champion Natasha Scott for tonight’s accolade, after the two united for the pairs and fours at the 2017 Australian Open, which caps off the ratings period, meaning only the singles discipline could separate the two. Fortunately for Carla, a sizeable rankings surplus leading into that particular event meant she could afford to A stunning year for Carla also saw her claim the 2016 Australian Champion of Champions title, which will afford her entry into the soon-to-be-staged world event, the 2017 Golden Nugget singles title and a State mixed pairs championship. Carla also garnered a significant amount of points from her victories at the Warrnambool Pairs, Moama Pairs and St Johns Park Triples events. Carla will also collect a $3,000 prize cheque tonight for topping the rankings, courtesy of Bowls Australia’s valued partner Cruiseabout.
Hall of Fame inductions Wayne Turley OAM Commonwealth Games gold medallist Wayne Turley is a stalwart of Australian bowls across all levels. The former Australian Jackaroos Vice-Captain enjoyed a sublime international career, which spanned 132 tests from 2005 to 2011. In just his second capped event, Turley secured his most coveted international achievement, claiming a coveted gold medal at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in the men’s triples discipline, alongside Bill Cornehls and Mark Casey. Other international highlights included dual gold medals from the 2007 Asia Pacific Championships, a silver medal at the 2008 World Bowls
Championships, a silver medal at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, and a further Asia Pacific Championships gold medal in 2009.
Taren Point for 18 years, and has only recently taken the reins at Tweed Heads Bowls Club in the same position.
On the state stage, Turley has notched up 279 test caps for the NSW Blues, having made his state debut in 1999, and is the fourth most prolific NSW men’s representative in the sport’s history.
He has also contributed to the governance of the sport through his role on the Bowls Australia Board, which he has held since 2013.
He has twice been voted NSW bowler of the year, in 2006 and 2013, and has been part of six Alley Shield victories with the Blues at the Australian Sides Championships during his tenure. Turley, who began his love-affair with the sport as a 15 year-old, has been the Bowls Coordinator at
Earlier this year, Turley was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division, for service to lawn bowls, as part of the Australian Day 2017 honours list. Turley will be inducted into the “2000-present Athlete” category.
Greeta Fahey Former Australian representative Greeta Fahey achieved an astonishing amount of success in such a short span of time. Debuting in 1986, Fahey became Australia’s 29th capped female representative, and while her international career only spanned four events across as many years, her name will forever be etched into the sport’s annals. At 56 years of age, Fahey was handed the blueribbon singles role in her maiden international appearance, at the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games no less, but it wasn’t until the following year when she really established herself on the sport’s biggest stage. The 1987 Bicentennial International at Tweed Heads saw Fahey rewarded with a gold medal in the triples
and silver medal in the fours, but just as importantly, a spot in the coveted World Bowls Championships team, to be contested in New Zealand the following year. Fahey took the opportunity with both hands, claiming dual gold medals at the sport’s premier event, which is held every four years, as skip of the women’s triples and third in the women’s fours. It was the nation’s eighth and ninth World Bowls Championships gold medal since 1966, and just the second occasion where an Australian had won two gold medals from the same championships. She finished her brief but illustrious career for the Australian Jackaroos with a bang the following year, securing a gold medal in the triples and silver medal in the fours at the 1989 Pacific Games in Fiji.
Despite only four short years of green-and-gold representation, from 1986 to 1989, Fahey also enjoyed a decorated career for both Victoria and Queensland, including ten years for the Maroon from 1981 to 1991. Her résumé also boasts four Queensland state titles, and in excess of 40 club championships. She was recognised with an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was also honoured with induction into Bowls Queensland’s Hall of Fame in 2005. Fahey, who first took up the sport in 1959 as a 19 year-old, continues to play club-level bowls and has been described as an inspiration and icon to her fellow Club Helensvale members. Fahey will be included in the “1975-1999 - Athlete” category of inductees.
Leif Selby Former world number one Leif Selby is without doubt one of the modern era’s most prolific players, and lays claim to being the only player to ever win the sport’s three world singles crowns, which include the World Bowls Championships singles, World Cup and World Champion of Champion titles. Debuting in 2007, Selby was Australia’s 125th capped male representative, and enjoyed a distinguished career until 2012, when he finished at the peak of his powers. Within three years of his maiden cap, Selby had notched up three world singles titles, including the World Champion of Champion trophy in 2008, and back-to-back World Cup crowns in 2009 and 2010, but decided to bow out of international duties following a silver medal in the blue-ribbon singles at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. Despite retiring from international competition after the Commonwealth Games, Selby made a stunning
come-back after encouragement from the High Performance team and the playing contingent. He was handed the plum singles role, in which he had enjoyed so much success, at the 2012 World Bowls Championships in Adelaide. Selby repaid the faith in full, securing one of five gold medals for the Australian contingent in what became the nation’s most successful world championships campaign, and solidified himself as the only person to win all three world singles accolades. Immediately after his victory, Selby again relinquished his position within the Australian Jackaroos squad and concluded his international career at the height of his power. On the national stage, Selby has also enjoyed considerable success, particularly in the singles discipline.
He became the first person to secure the nations’ indoor-outdoor double in the same year, winning the Australian Open singles and Australian Indoor Championships both in 2008, and set another record three years later, when he became the Australian Open’s first dual singles winner. Selby has also been a prominent figure on the NSW state stage, and was Bowls NSW’s Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and received inclusion in their Hall of Fame in 2015. Selby has enjoyed a rich playing history at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club, where he has also worked as a junior bowls development officer, in which he guides and mentors the sport’s rising stars. Selby will be recognised in the “2000-present Athlete” category of Hall of Fame membership.
Arnold O’Brien OAM Victorian bowls administrator and former State player Arnold O’Brien OAM is a deserving recipient of tonight’s induction. O’Brien is this year’s first non-athlete inductee, and just the 11th of all time, from a total of 46 past and present members whose achievements date back to the 1930s. While boasting achievements both on and off the green, O’Brien earns inclusion for his tireless work and contribution to the sport in a non-playing capacity. His involvement in the sport spans more than 65 years, and includes accolades achieved playing, coaching, umpiring, marking and administering across club, group, region, state, national and international levels.
At an international level, O’Brien served on Bowls Australia’s selection committee in 2002, before taking the reins as Chairman for a term of three years from 2003.
over 200 occasions, O’Brien has also served on the state’s selection committee for 26 years, 12 of which as Chairman, and the coaching committee for 21 years, 13 as Chairman.
He was also a marker and umpire at the sport’s premier event, in the 1980 World Bowls Championships.
He was recognised with an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the sport in 2004.
From a state perspective, O’Brien had a distinguished tenure with the Royal Victorian Bowls Association (now Bowls Victoria), serving as a Councillor for 21 years in total, which included the roles of Vice President from 1994 to 1998, Deputy President from 1998 to 2000, and at the helm as President for a further three-year period from 2000 to 2003. A proud Victorian, having represented the Big V in
He was also made a life member of Bowls Victoria in 2006. O’Brien will be included in the “2000-present General” category of Hall of Fame membership.
Mark Casey Such is the calibre of Mark Casey’s credentials, the Club Helensvale star is awarded Hall of Fame induction tonight despite only retiring from the international arena just 10 months ago. Casey enjoyed an illustrious career in the green and gold colours from his international debut in 2003 until his retirement in December last year, following the conclusion of the 2016 World Bowls Championships. During his 13 years representing Australia, Casey amassed 292 international caps, as well as a swag of titles, accomplishments and golden medallions which are rivalled by very few. The classy southpaw can lay claim to being the only male player in Australia’s history to have won both a Commonwealth Games and World Bowls Championships gold medal. His first world title came as a 23 year-old, when he
secured the inaugural World Cup singles title in Hong Kong in 2005, and one of his finest moments came the following year, when he secured a gold medal at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in the men’s triples, alongside Bill Cornehls and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Turley.
On the national stage, an outdoor-indoor singles double in 2012 rates among Casey’s many achievements, having claimed the Australian Open’s men’s singles crown followed a few short months later by the Australian Indoor Championships men’s singles gong.
He continued to ply his trade on the international stage at everything from Asia Pacific Championships to Trans Tasman events over the ensuing years, until he etched his name in the history books with a gold and silver medal at the 2012 World Bowls Championships in Adelaide, as part of the nation’s most successful campaign.
He also helped steer the Brisbane Gold to the inaugural Bowls Premier League (then called Australian Premier League) title in 2013.
He wasn’t able to replicate the golden feat at the next staging of the event, in Christchurch last year, where he finished with two silver medals, but still bowed out of international representation at the peak of his powers.
Casey was also a prolific Queensland state representative, and helped the Maroons to seven Alley Shields at the sport’s state-versus-state competition, the Australian Sides Championships, over the years. Casey will be included in the “2000-present Athlete” category of Hall of Fame membership.
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International Bowler of the Year Brett Wilkie (Club Helensvale, QLD)
Aaron Wilson (Cabramatta, NSW)
Australian Jackaroos Vice-Captain Brett Wilkie has enjoyed another sublime year on the green representing his country, despite all the added pressures that comes with being the sport’s top administrator in Queensland.
As the new kid on the block for the Australian Jackaroos, Aaron Wilson could not have dreamt of having a bigger impact on the world stage then he did during his international debut.
Brett has been solidified as one of the Australian contingent’s top two players across the four international events staged during this period, by his Jackaroos peers. The elder statesmen of the team took Australian debutant Aaron Wilson under his wing in the sport’s premier competition, the World Bowls Championships, and the pairing proved to be a masterstroke as they claimed the men’s only gold medal, and bolstered the medal count with a silver in the fours. Like Wilson, Wilkie was in deft touch at the Australia v England Series, where the squad posted a comprehensive victory. He also finished the final two international events with a strong showing in June; as the standout player of the Trans Tasman Test Series and with a silver medal in the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations, alongside Wilson yet again.
Wilson was handed the reigns as skip of the men’s pairs on debut at the sport’s pinnacle event, the World Bowls Championships, alongside fellow International Bowler of the Year finalist Brett Wilkie. The result was the nation’s first men’s pairs title victory in 36 years, having last claimed the honours in Melbourne in 1980. A silver medal finish in the men’s fours provided another medal for the nation’s tally. Wilson continued his dominance on the international arena in his second capped event, the first on home on soil, securing the most amount of votes of any player at the Australia v England Series. Wilson also polled very well, alongside Wilkie, at the Trans Tasman Test Series at Broadbeach, and finished the eligible events off with a silver medal at the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations. Aaron has cemented himself as one of the strongest competitors in the Australian Jackaroos squad, and is sure to be a cornerstone of the team for many years to come.
Hall of Fame Legend elevations Rex Johnston OAM
Kelvin Kerkow OAM
Rex Johnston has achieved feats across all levels of the sport, as a player and a coach, that many could only dream of.
Kelvin Kerkow is without question one of the most famous, and indeed infamous, names in the sport of bowls, in any corner of the globe.
Johnston is one of the nation’s most decorated bowlers and enjoyed an illustrious international playing career from 1988 to 2004, where he pulled on the green and gold uniform on more than 300 occasions.
Kerkow enjoyed a scintillating career for the Australian Jackaroos that spanned from 1995 to 2008, where he amassed more than 300 international caps and became one of the sport’s most distinguished and recognisable figures.
Johnston is the only Australian bowler to have represented his country at four consecutive Commonwealth Games, from 1990 to 2002, and secured a coveted gold medal as skip of the men’s pairs at the 1994 Victoria, British Columbia Games.
He created arguably the most iconic moment in bowls history when he claimed the coveted Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games men’s singles gold medal, after which, he ripped off his shirt and was chaired from the Darebin International Sports Centre arena by his teammates, draped in the Australian flag.
He coached Malta at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, became an Australian Selector from 2006 until his appointment as the Australian National Coach in 2009, until 2011. On the state stage, Johnston accumulated 320 appearances for the NSW Blues, was awarded the male Bowler of the Year accolade on three occasions (1990, 1991 and 1997) and was bestowed Hall of Fame membership by Bowls NSW in 2009. Johnston was presented with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his contribution to bowls and charitable work in 2006. He is a member of Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club.
At a state level, he represented the Queensland Maroons on more than 350 occasions, and was inducted into the Bowls Queensland Hall of Fame in 2008. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the sport of bowls in 2010. Kerkow’s story is made even more remarkable given he has endured and overcome a debilitating illness, known as Guillian Barre Syndrome, which paralysed him as a child and left him requiring the aid of a walking stick to play bowls for the remainder of his life, to become one of the world’s most successful players. Kerkow boasts a rich history with South Tweed Sports, and is still involved in shaping the sport’s High Performance program as a current Australian Selector.
Published on Mar 13, 2018