February CEO Report

by bqmedia

with Brett Wilkie

Another exciting year of bowls has commenced with the QLD Junior State Championships completed and summer competitions underway. All the best to districts, clubs and members across the State for the year ahead.

BQ Board and AGM
Nominations closed on January 27 for the role of President and two Board Directors on the Bowls QLD Board. Details of nominations received will be in the March Bowler and the Bowls QLD AGM will be held on Wednesday, March 22.

ACEIT Partnership
Bowls Queensland is pleased to announce that ACEIT has agreed to continue their partnership with Bowls Queensland for another term. ACEIT has been providing BQ with high quality apparel and service since 2019. We value our relationship and look forward to working with ACEIT to fit out our representative players, board, committees and staff.

2023 Junior State Championships
Well done to all juniors in this event on their performance and sportsmanship displayed, this was a real credit to themselves, parents/carers, coaches and everyone else involved. Numbers were up by 13% this year which was great to see and the introduction of the Under 12 Open Singles was well received.

Thank you to the parents/carers/family/coaches/ clubs and districts who supported the juniors to attend this event. Thank you to Des Kemp, Chair of the Burnett Bowls Club and Bundaberg District Junior Liaison for his assistance along with volunteers and staff from the Burnett, Across The Waves and Bundaberg Bowls Clubs. Well done to our Match Committee and BQ Staff for co-ordinating and running this event, also to BQ’s Umpire and Selection Committee for their time and effort at these championships. Congratulations to the eight girls and eight boys selected in the 2023 QLD Junior Squad (see page 5).

Thank you to the Bundaberg Regional Council, Arcon Metals Recycling, West Bundaberg Pharmacy and Macadamias Australia for their sponsorship of this event. All six days were live streamed, thank you to Robbie Allan, Brian Marshall and Bruce Kirk for providing this service.

QLD Youth Academy
This new initiative was announced during January and included a presentation by Bowls Australia QLD Pathways Coach Lynsey Clarke to participants, coaches and support crew at the QLD Junior State Championships. Well done to Lynsey and the BQ Coaching Committee who are working together to introduce this new program to our rising stars of the sport in QLD. Coaching Committee Co-ordinator Alan Thorp and Selection Committee Co-ordinator Christina Pavlov also did a presentation at the QLD Junior State Championships entitled Coaching Pathways, which was well received.

Bowls QLD Event Hosting
Expressions of Interest are open for any clubs interested in nominating to host the following Bowls QLD events: 2023 State Champion of Club Champion Finals Series; 2023 State Pennant Finals; 2023 8-a-Side Mixed Event; 2023 State District Mixed Pairs and 2024 Junior State Championships. Expressions close on February, 13.

2023 State Championships
The 2023 State Championships Finals, with $50,000 prize money, will be held at Coolum Beach Bowls Club on the Sunshine Coast from May 8-21, 2023. Bowls Queensland would like to thank the Sunshine Coast Council and the Coolum Beach Bowls Club for their support of this event to be held in the Sunshine Coast Region.

2023 District Sides Championships
The 2023 District Sides Championships will be held at Coolum Beach, Club Kawana, Club Maroochy, The Waves Caloundra and Tewantin Noosa Bowls Clubs from May 3-6, 2023.