May CEO Report
With Brett Wilkie
State Government Funding
Thank you to the Queensland Government that has confirmed its continued support of Bowls Queensland for another 12 months.
District Sides Championships
This event was held in the Gold Coast/Tweed District from Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 May. Thank you to host clubs Musgrave Hill, Paradise Point, Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach. Well done to all selected on representing their respective districts. This event is the highlight of the year for many bowlers, representing their local district, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Thank you to Major Events Gold Coast and J Carroll Club Promotions for sponsoring the championships.
QLD State Championships
This will be played on the Gold Coast from Monday 9 – Sunday 22 May with all finals at Broadbeach Bowls Club. Winners of all events except Over 60 Pairs will advance to the Australian Championships in October. Thank you to Major Events Gold Coast and Broadbeach Bowls Club for sponsoring the championships.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
• Henselite: Men’s and Women’s Singles and Fours.
• Nic Fisher and Image Property: Men’s and Women’s Triples and Mixed Pairs
• Identified Services: Open and Over 60 Men’s and Women’s Pairs
Welcome to Identified Services who come on board for the first time sponsoring a BQ event. Identified Services is a cleaning and maintenance service for hospitality venues and schools, it has the cleaning contract at Broadbeach Bowls Club and is managed by ex QLD Origin Rugby League star Kevin Campion.
Every day of the District Sides and State Championships will be live streamed on the Bowls QLD Facebook and also on the Bowls Queensland website.
It is great to hear the progress of clubs affected by flooding with their recovery, the community spirit displayed at all of these clubs is amazing. Well done to clubs that have shown their support for affected clubs through either financial or machinery/furniture donations etc.
Expressions of interest to nominate for the following Bowls QLD Committees are open and close on 10th June: Coaching, Match, Selection & Umpire Committees. The term for these roles will be one year commencing on the 1st July. Thank you to our current Committee Members for their contribution to bowls in Queensland.
Congratulations to our BQ President’s XII who defeated the Australian Defence Force Bowls Team in this series. This event was played in great spirits, it was pleasing to play this series after two years of Covid cancellations. Thank you to Manly Bowls Club for hosting and the ADF Bowlers for another hard fought series.
QLD Representative Team Trials
This trial went well with players being considered for the Open, Under 25 and the new 40-59 age group to represent QLD versus NSW on 22 & 23 August. Thank you to the Gold Coast City Council and Broadbeach Bowls Club for support of this event.
National Champion of Club Champion Singles and Australian Championships
Well done to all our medallists in these events at Broadbeach.
QLD Junior Training Camp
Twenty juniors were invited to attend a QLD training camp on 5 & 6 April at Chermside Bowls Club. Well done to all juniors invited on the way they committed themselves. Thank you to Christina Pavlov, Alan Thorp and Lynsey Clarke for facilitating this camp, also to those who assisted and Chermside for hosting.
Australian Indoor Singles Qualifying
The men’s qualifying will be held on 28 & 29 May, the women’s event will be held on 4 & 5 June, both genders qualifying will be held at Tweed Heads and Paradise Point Bowls Clubs.
Club Pine Rivers will host another edition of the BPL from 23 – 27 May, this is the event that was cancelled in November 2021.
Good luck to our QLD Blind Bowlers Association team who will compete in their National Championships from 18 – 26 May at Tweed Heads BC.
2022 Commonwealth Games
All the best to everyone (especially our Queenslanders) travelling to the UK at the start of May for Commonwealth Games trials for the Australian Open and Para Teams.