Hi bowls aficionados,
It’s been another exciting month in the world of bowls, particularly on the national front, with a number of initiatives announced by Bowls Australia.
Please find the latest monthly update to keep you, and bowlers across the state, up-to-date with all the news and announcements.
If you have any news that you or your club would like distributed to others bowls club dignitaries, members and stakeholders of the sport in these updates, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0408 798 272.
I hope that you enjoy this month’s update
The countdown is on – Bowls returns to free-to-air TV
This Sunday, the sport we love will return to free-to-air television with a bang. “The Bowls Show” will commence on SBS on May 15, with a regular Sunday afternoon timeslot of 1:00pm.
The show will run for 20 consecutive weeks, until September 25, and will also be available to stream from the internet via SBS On Demand – SBS’s catch-up service for smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets and set-top boxes.
Regular segments on coaching, development, officiating, high performance and social bowls will be incorporated in the program and will provide a point of difference to the traditional event-only coverage shown in past broadcasts.
The show will include action from the recent Australian Premier League and World Cup as well as action from the upcoming Australian Open - which will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports on June 23 and 24 from 11.00am.
So tell your family, tell your friends, tell everyone you can that bowls is back in a big way on the box and via broadband.
Remember to mark May 15, and every following Sunday until September 25 in your calendar.
Shareable YouTube teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P2gpv6Pe3c
2016 Australian Open entries have closed – see you on the Gold Coast
Entries for this year’s Australian Open have now closed. It is anticipated that the draw will be published next week.
While the events team is pulling together the details of all entrants, it’s already clear that this year will be the biggest on record, with a huge amount of bowlers eager to take part in the World’s Biggest Bowls Festival.
The Australian Open is open to every bowler in the country and with 544 prize money places and new Over-60s Men’s and Women’s Pairs events, there is an even greater chance of sharing in the quarter of a million dollars in prize money.
Apart from the prize money, the Gold Coast event has now become a festival of the sport and a celebration of all that is wonderful about bowls, bringing together bowlers from all levels.
All entrants play each event in a sectional format followed by knockout rounds, meaning that all entrants are guaranteed multiple matches in every discipline.
The final two days Australian Open, June 23 and 24, will be broadcast live on Fox Sports – see even if you’re not participating, you can still watch the winners be crowned.
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Relive some great matches free of charge
If you are looking for replays of classic bowls matches on the small screen, then steer your web browser to the Bowls Australia’s YouTube channel.
The 2015 Australian Open broadcast finals can be found on the page for starters, and are a great way to relive one of the biggest events ever staged in the sport of bowls.
2015 AO Women’s Singles Final - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4iv6RPGSTM
2015 AO Men’s Pairs Final - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS2vyGRIJjY
2015 AO Women’s Pairs Final - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpR0sSx-J5o
Laws of the Game – Now Available as an iPhone / iPad / iPod App
You'll never have to fumble around looking for a law book ever again, because it's now available on your iPhone.
In an effort to ensure participants have easy access to the laws of the sport right at their figure tips, Bowls Australia have released the laws on the Apple App Store for anyone with an iPhone, iPad and iPod.
The official laws app, called Bowls Rules, offers the complete package, covering every law that is required to play the game of bowls, including the Domestic Regulations for Australia and web-links to Bowls Australia policies.
The search functionality enables easy access to the appropriate law within seconds, via words or terms, and you can also favourite laws that you commonly refer to for even quicker access.
The Bowls Rules App is available from the Apple App Store for $4.49.
87th Women’s Bowls NSW State Carnival – May 23 to 27
262 teams (1048 bowlers) will converge on the Port Macquarie region shortly for one of the most anticipated events on the annual Women’s bowls calendar – the annual State Carnival. Many bags are already packed for what is always a week of great bowls, fun and fellowship. A copy of the program which includes the draw and full list on entrants can be found by clicking on the link below…
Men’s Conditions of Play Submissions for 2017
The Bowls NSW State Match Committee will soon start reviewing the Conditions of Play in the lead up to the 2017 Season. This is the annual opportunity for any stakeholder to make a submission to the SMC and submissions should address any concerns with the current Conditions of Play, suggest areas for improvement or address issues not currently covered in the Conditions of Play. The deadline for submissions is May 27. Please check with your Zone executive whether they would like any Club/individual submission to be sent via the Zone executive as they may like to collate and follow up their Club’s submissions.
Nominations Open for Women’s Bowls NSW Board & Committees
Nominations for Director positions are now open for the 2016/2017 financial year (with four vacancies). Two of the Director positions up for election are (Robyn Procter and Sue O’Keefe) in addition to two vacant Director positions. All Nominations for Director positions must be made in writing using the form that can be downloaded from the website at http://www.womensbowlsnsw.org/Members-Resources/AGM-Minutes. All nominations must be submitted to the EO by 4pm Monday August 8.
Expressions of interest for Committee positions must be submitted in writing using the form that can be downloaded from http://www.womensbowlsnsw.org/Members-Resources/AGM-Minutes. All EOIs must be submitted to the EO by 4pm Monday August 8.
Men’s 2016 Rookies Events – Entries Now Open
The Bowls NSW Rookies is open to players who have been playing bowls for less than 30 months. To be eligible, bowlers BNSW Registration Number must be 148429 or greater and bowlers that have played in the event twice before or have been State Champions are ineligible.
Players can enter Singles and Pairs disciplines. Entries for the event close on July 30.
Click the following link for more information… https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=13372&OrgID=16132
Mats and Jacks at Great Prices
Bowls Australia’s supporter Aero Bowls has a special deal on mats and jacks for a limited time – a combo deal of a brand new mat and jack for $25 (for both together). It should be pointed out that the mats are blue in colour and the jacks are white – both of great quality. If you’d like to place an order, let me know and I will be able to organize free delivery of the equipment when I am next in your area.
RDNS Health & Wellbeing Sessions
The Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) have been running informative health and wellness sessions in bowling clubs, through a partnership with Bowls Australia.
There is an opportunity for your club to host one of these sessions, which provide a great opportunity to improve the health of members while potentially growing membership.
A facilitator will come and conduct these sessions at your club for your members and anyone else in the community who may also wish to attend.
RDNS will work in partnership with local community providers and advertise the sessions via their vast networks to help encourage extra people through the door.
The topics that your Club can choose from are:
- Positive Ageing
- Skin Health
- Bladder Health
- Stress and Anxiety
- Intro to CPR and Defibrillation
The cost is just a gold coin donation per person and your club can pick the day/time of the week you would like to host a session.
Please drop me an email if you would like to tee up a session at your blub.
Sydney Bowls Portal
A reminder that the following website… http://sydneybowls.webs.com includes:
- 72 ideas on recruitment and retention
- a map of Sydney Bowling Clubs
- a listing of all social bowls games in Sydney
If you notice any errors with respect to your Club’s details, let me know and I will happily update the file and repost each month.
Bowls Australia is excited to be part of the Sporting Schools Program that is seeing many Australian primary schools given the option to select Bowls as a sport for their school.
The Sporting Schools initiative allows primary schools to apply for funding to conduct four or more sessions of a selected sport (i.e. bowls) for their students.
The schools get funding to pay for coaches and to buy a Jr. Jack Attack Kit – which allows them to continue to conduct bowls within the school after the official sessions have been completed.
We know that many clubs and schools will already have a relationship – if you are working with a school or have done so in the past, ask the school to contact the staff at Bowls Australia email@example.com
Become a Sporting Schools Coach
If anyone at your club is interesting in becoming a Sporting Schools Coach, they can register here at https://www.sportingschools.gov.au/forms/member-registration – they are then endorsed by BA assuming they meet the criteria.
Bowls Australia have engaged Coach Approach to manage our Sporting Schools workforce. Coaches will be paid up to $30/hour.
As part of the requirements for Sporting Schools, each coach needs a Working with Children Check meeting their states requirements and also requires insurance.
Your Club’s insurance will only cover sessions that are conducted at the Club - one of your members going to a school is not covered by your insurance.
This is where Coach Approach comes in to play - Coach Approach provides the insurance, bills the school and pays the coach. For any more information, please contact Bowls Australia firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stockland and Bowls Australia celebrated the start of a new partnership to boost the health and wellbeing of more than 11,000 residents living in Stockland retirement villages across the country.
Under the new partnership, Stockland and Bowls Australia will work together to encourage residents to participate in social and competitive lawn bowls, coaching clinics, and free health and wellbeing seminars.
When it comes to retirement, there’s no one size that fits all. Whether you’re looking for a community that offered simplicity and safety so you can spend more time with the grandkids, or a home base for your retirement adventures – Stockland have got you covered.
Every Stockland retirement village is filled with activities and great amenities to help you live the life you want. It’s your place to participate as much or a little as you’d like. From Independent Living to Services Apartments there are options to suit all lifestyles.
To find a retirement village near you, speak to one of Stockland’s friendly sales professionals on 1800 72 71 70 or visit www.stockland.com.au/retirement
For those on social media…
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Have fun on the greens,
Chris Wallace | Regional Bowls Manager – Sydney
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