March CEO Report

by bqmedia

with Brett Wilkie

BQ Board and AGM
The Bowls QLD AGM and Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 22. Nominations have closed for the three positions up for election on the BQ Board. One nomination was received for the position of President from Peter Williamson. Four nominations have been received for the two Board Director positions from Martin Corr, Gary Costigan, Denis Kirkman and Graham Lewis. Each of the 20 District Men’s and Ladies Association’s vote for these positions with the results announced at the BQ AGM. Thank you to those delegates who give their time to attend the AGM and Council Meetings at BQ Headquarters. These meetings are great for our delegates to come together, discuss all things about bowls in QLD and report back to their respective districts.

Thank you to outgoing BQ Directors Brian Marshall and Geoff Osborne for their time and effort over the past six years on the board. Brian and Geoff have decided not to run for the director positions this year, I wish them all the best in future endeavours.

Strategic Plan
The BQ 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan has now run its course. Late last year, the Board of BQ commenced their review of our previous Strategic Plan. Much work has since been done in creating a new plan to run from 2023 – 2025. The new plan will be presented to the 2023 AGM and will also be a guide for districts and clubs to consider aligning with.

Bowls Queensland Registered Member Card
At the 2022 Bowls Queensland September council meeting involving all district delegates from throughout QLD, a motion was passed to introduce a Bowls Queensland Registered Member Card.

The “Bowls Queensland Registered Member Card” is for all declared members of each club. These cards have been distributed to all affiliated clubs in QLD for distribution to their declared members.

This card signifies its bearer is a registered member of an affiliated bowls club in QLD. When another affiliated bowls club other than the individual’s declared club is visited, they may be asked to produce this card to prove they are a “Bowls Queensland Registered Member”.

Being a “Bowls Queensland Registered Member” entitles the bearer to participate in structured games of bowls at any club(s) affiliated with Bowls Queensland, so long as they meet that club’s event conditions/ criteria.

Bowls Queensland reminds clubs that anyone who participates in regular structured games of bowls must be a registered member of an affiliated bowls club in QLD (as per the Bowls Queensland Constitution).

Bowls QLD Event Hosting
Thank you to clubs who showed expression of interest to host Bowls QLD events. Successful clubs will be announced in March.

2023 State Championships
Entries for this years $50,000 QLD State Championships are open and close on Monday, March 20. This event will be played on the Sunshine Coast from Monday 8 – Sunday 21 May with all finals at Coolum Beach Bowls Club. Thank you to the Sunshine Coast Council and Coolum Beach BC for their support of this event.

High Performance Academy
Congratulations to the 16 players invited to be the inaugural members of this academy. I look forward to watching their progress.

World Blind Bowls Championships
This event will be held at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club from March, 5-16.

Multi Nations
This event will be held at Club Helensvale, Broadbeach, Club Musgrave, Paradise Point and Mudgeeraba Bowls Clubs from March, 25-31. All the Australian Squad of ten women and ten men will be in action at this event. Good luck to all our Aussies in both the events above, especially our QLD stars.

Vale – Nigel Smith
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Nigel, he was a great mentor to many people, a fierce competitor, very genuine and all round nice guy. I was fortunate to attend a celebration of Nigel’s life at Club Tweed and convey condolences to his wife Judy, family and close friends.