Commonwealth Games selection!

An experienced group of Para athletes have been named to the New Zealand team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to compete in Para lawn bowls.

Victoria’s Mark Noble, along with Bruce Wakefield and Barry Wynks, have been named to the team and will contest the B6/7/8 open triples Para lawn bowls event. Both Barry and Mark were part of the team which won silver in the same event at Glasgow 2014.

It’s another great opportunity to represent my country and do it proud. We want to win another medal, hopefully gold this time, and we’re going to give it our best go,” said Mark Noble. Our form has been pretty good this season, there’s always areas to improve but it’s all going well and we can take a lot of learnings from when we played in Glasgow.

Bowls NZ National Coach Sharon Sims says the team is very strong and will be looking to get on the podium. “The triples are going really well and are really excited for the Commonwealth Games.

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith believes the team will be able to use knowledge and experience from previous games campaigns. “It’s fantastic to have so many of these athletes back for another Commonwealth Games. New Zealand has a strong history in Para lawn bowls and I look forward to seeing these athletes add to that legacy on the Gold Coast next year” she said.

Para sport events are integrated and contested as part of the main programme at the Commonwealth Games. Gold Coast 2018 will host the largest Para-sport programme in Commonwealth Games history. Lawn bowls will be contested at the Broadbeach Bowls Club as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

A further lawn bowls selection announcement is expected in February. The selection of the lawn bowls athletes brings the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team size to 12 athletes.

Well done Amber!

Congratulations to the Wellington Yr 1-5 Women on winning the WKWM Junior Rep fixture on Friday at Paraparaumu Beach. Wellington finished on 18 points, 2 ahead of 2nd placed Kapiti on 16 and well ahead of Manawatu and Wairarapa. Amber Down was the singles player for the victorious side and had 3 wins from her 3 matches.

Well done Junior Mens Reps!

Congratulations to Mark Burgess (pictured left in first photo) and James Fairhall (pictured right in second photo) who were in the Wellington Junior Rep team that were very convincing winners of the recent Hexagonal intercentre match in Whanganui. Amber Down also played in the womens team who finished 5th.

Well done Brad, Ray & Rich!

The New Zealand Professional Bowls Association held its national Finals Weekend at the new Naenae complex last weekend. Bradley Down held number 4 in the national PBA rankings going into the weekend but had to watch with baited breath for the results of the World Indoor Singles playoffs before he could be confirmed as the fifth member of the NZ PBA team to play the Australian PBA next year at the Deer Park club in Melbourne. After just 2 years in the PBA and at 18 years old this is a fantastic accomplishment and chance to play the stars of the Australian PBA.

Ray Martin showed his potential in his debut year in the PBA collecting enough ranking points to be awarded the national PBA rookie of the year. Ray will be on the charge next winter when we have a branch at Naenae to challenge for a spot in the NZ PBA team for 2019.

And delegates voted on and passed Life Membership on Richard Corry for his services to save and re-build PBA in New Zealand. This will need to be ratified at PBA’s international AGM in England in January.