October CEO Report
With Brett Wilkie
BQ Council Meeting
District delegates, BQ Board and committee coordinators attended Bowls Queensland’s annual September Council Meeting. The 2023 budget was approved and some good discussions took place.
QLD Government Funding
Thank you to the QLD Government for continuing their support of bowls in Queensland for another 12 months.
The QLD Government has released its new sport action plan 2 and their goal is to increase physical activity in QLD by 15%. So far, in the last three years, adults percentages have dropped, whereas children’s activity has increased slightly. This started at 60% for adults with a goal of 75%, children started at 45% with a goal of 60% by 2029.
I attended a Digital Transformation in Sport workshop facilitated by Sport and Rec QLD and the Australian Sports Technology Network. It was interesting to hear about the ever-changing digital landscape in sport.
Bowls QLD New Partner
Welcome to J Carroll Club Promotions who have agreed to become a partner of Bowls QLD. J Carroll has been a great supporter of bowls in QLD over the last 18 months sponsoring events including the State District Sides, Junior State Championships and Secondary Schools Cup.
Come and Try Month – October
Well done to all clubs that have organised some form of “Come and Try” day during October. Bowls Queensland will be promoting this on social media state wide through sponsored posts/videos.
QLD Champion of Club Champions 22-27 October
Well done to all Zone winners who have made it through to the finals of Singles, Pairs and Fours of this event to be held at Souths Suburban Bowls Club in Mackay. Thank you to Mackay Regional Council, ATSICHS, Souths Leagues Club and Henselite for their support of this event to be held in the region.
North vs South Challenge 29 & 30 October
Congratulations to players selected to represent their respective regions. This event will be held at the Suburban Bowls Club in Townsville where the inaugural North vs South Challenge was held in 2018.
Congratulations and all the best to the QLD representative teams and also players who have won through in their respective disciplines to compete in the Nationals at Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach.
- Australian Under 18 Championships and Australian Champion of Champions Singles – 30 September & 1 October
- Australian Multi Disability Championships – 30 September to 5 October (Mermaid Beach)
- Australian Over 60 Sides Championships – 2 to 5 October
- Australian Sides Championships – 6 to 9 October (pre-test vs VIC at Musgrave Hill on 5th)
- Australian Championships (Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours and Mixed Pairs) – 11 to 14 October
Bowls Australia Hall of Fame & Awards Night – 10 October
Finalists have been announced for these awards. Well done to the following Queenslander finalists:
• Lynsey Clarke (QLD) International Female Bowler of the Year.
• Cheryl Lindfield (QLD) and Serena Bonnell (QLD) Bowler with a Disability of the Year.
Congratulations to Kelsey Cottrell (QLD) and Nick Cahill (QLD) for being awarded the Female Bowler of the Year and Male Bowler of the Year respectively.
The awards evening will boast added impetus for some in attendance, with five members of Australian bowls royalty to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and three to be given elevation to Legend status, one of whom is Robert (Rob) Parrella OAM (QLD). Well done Rob!
Congratulations to all and good luck to the finalists.
State 8 A-Side and State Pennant Finals
Thank you to the Tweed Shire Council and Club Tweed for their support of these events to be held at Tweed Heads from 3 to 6 November.