Posts by Claire Joll

WI project success with Ogwr Indoor Bowls Club

The partnership between BowlsWales and the Women’s Institute (WI) was established to encourage collaboration across sectors and promote women within sport. The National Governing Bodies identified a decline in female participation across the sport which this partnership aims to tackle, whilst offering bowls in the most accessible way. The project involves working closely with the WI federations and their nearest bowls club to create weekly beginner bowls sessions, women only open days as well as providing an opportunity to socialise and play. The project has been particularly successful at Ogwr Indoor Bowls club. The club applied to the Be Active
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Welsh Association of Intellectual Learning Impairment Bowlers Pairs Championship 14th January 2024.

This was a Special Olympics GB sanctioned event run by Cardiff Chameleons a Special Olympics Cardiff and Vale affiliated Club. On Sunday January 14th  2024 Bowlers from South and Mid Wales descended on Cardiff Indoor Bowls Club to compete in the third Welsh Intellectual Learning Impairment Bowls Championships. A Total of 56 bowlers and around 75 Officials, Volunteers, Coaches and Supporters arrived at the club at 09:30 for registration.  Trophy’s in four Classifications were the ultimate goal, but first the competitors had to negotiate the divisional play section across eight divisions with Medals available for all competitors, before competing for
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Christmas 2023

  The BowlsWales staff team will be taking a break over the Christmas period. Our ‘home offices’ will be closing on Friday 22nd December at 4.00pm and re-opening on Wednesday 3rd January 2024 from 9am. The phone lines will be closed, please email your query to: enquiries@bowlswales.com and this will be picked up as soon as possible upon our return. We would like to thank our Members, partners and volunteers for their support this year. Nadolig Llawen/Merry Christmas. Best Wishes, The BowlsWales team
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BowlsWales Announcement- 28/11/2023

  BowlsWales has today announced that Richard Palmer is stepping down from his role as Chair of BowlsWales and the board, following completion of his three years term of office. We thank Richard for his leadership, support and advice. Richard has made a huge contribution to BowlsWales and we hope he acknowledges that our achievements so far would not have been possible without him. Katy Evans, our Sport Wales Relationship Manager said “Richard has worked tirelessly over the past three years in leading Bowls Wales through some significant changes in a bid to help the sport progress its governance and
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Hong Kong International Bowls Classic

The following players have been selected to represent Wales at the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic:   Alis Butten, Lampeter Hannah Williams, Blue Anchor Mark Harding, Ely Valley Andrew Fleming, Machynlleth   Lawn Bowls Association of Hong Kong, China will be hosting its annual international event “Hong Kong International Bowls Classic” between 11 November and 19 November 2023. The event was inaugurated in 1981, this tournament which has gained an international reputation as a top-class prestigious event in the world’s bowling calendar.   Details of the event are as follows: Period of Event: 11-19 November 2023 Venues include: Kowloon Bowling
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National Safeguarding Officer resigns

Keeley Spriggs, BowlsWales National Safeguarding Officer recently handed in resignation to focus on her university degree as she heads into her final year. We wish Keeley all the best for the future and thank her for her contribution. Now Keeley has left her post, please direct all communications you would normally send to her to Sophie Hancocks, Safeguarding@bowlswales.com. Once we hire a replacement for National Safeguarding Officer position, we will reach out again to inform you of this and the new communications protocols.
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WCGBA Ladies Champion of Champions

We have a few things to be proud of this year, especially the ladies. Wales has the British Junior Ladies Champion for the second season in a row with Jess Lacey’s recent win at Heswall. We can also congratulate Linda Williams for getting to the final of the Ladies Champion of Champions on Sunday 1st October at Monk’s Sports and Social Club, Warrington. Linda, who has won this event twice ( 2010 and 2018) had a good run of games throughout the days’ play. She won 21-1 over Helen Clee in the first round then a 21-17 over Louise Ollerton
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WCGBA Welsh Vets Club Championship

On Tuesday 26 September, the Mel Higham Welsh Vets Club Championship was played at Argoed BC. WCGBA Officials were, once again, there to support and run the event. Referees Arthur Peake and Alan Davies – having dried out from Sunday –  were joined by Peter Hughes. The four teams to qualify this year were Gresford Colliery – the 2022 winners, Coed Talon, Criccieth and Rhos Park. The pairing of Coed Talon with Rhos Park for one section of the competition saw a few more successes for Coed Talon especially Richie Jamieson 21-12 over Wynne Evans, John Bonatti’s 21-16 over Ronnie
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WCGBA Champion of Champions

As the 2023 season comes to a close on the WCGBA Competitions, the two remaining competitions were held this week. On Sunday, 24th September, the Welsh Champion of Champions was staged at Benllech BC. In a day of appalling weather conditions, the situation was challenging for all, including the reporter. Despite this, some of the bowling was truly of Championship quality. There were 16 players, each winners of a major Welsh title to qualify. Our President, Jack Hunt, Past President Simon Walker and other WCGBA Management members were there to support the event. Our Referees, Alan Davies, Arthur Peake, Ian
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WCGBA Welsh Club Championship Finals

The Welsh Club Championship Finals took place on Sunday 17th September at Conwy Bowling Club. It was to be a good days’ bowling with a nail-biting finish. The four Clubs competing, who had each won their Area stage, were Llanrwst, Esclusham, Rhos Park and Broughton and Bretton. The WCGBA President Jack Hunt, Deputy President Pauline Lindley, Past President Simon Walker and Members of the WCGBA Management were there to officiate and support another highlight of the Welsh Crown Green calendar. Our usual hard working Referees, DT Evans, Arthur Peake and Alan Davies were kept busy all day and their contribution
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