April CEO Report

by bqmedia

with Brett Wilkie

BQ Board and AGM
The Bowls QLD AGM and Council Meeting held in March was another productive meeting. Congratulations to incumbent President Peter Williamson, who was unopposed and will hold this position for another two years. Congratulations to Martin Corr and Gary Costigan who were elected as board members for the next two years. Thank you to Denis Kirkman and Graham Lewis who also showed interest in these positions, and to outgoing BQ Directors Brian Marshall and Geoff Osborne for their time and effort over the past six years on the Board.

Congratulations to Peter Williamson for being awarded Life Membership of Bowls Queensland at the March AGM and to Kerry Green for being awarded a Distinguished Service Member Award at the Council Meeting. Both Peter and Kerry have devoted much time and effort to the administration of the sport of bowls in QLD at State, district and club level.

Strategic Plan
The BQ 2022 – 2025 Strategic Plan has been approved by the Board of BQ and districts at the March Council Meeting. This has been distributed to districts/clubs and is available on the BQ website.

BQ Staff
Unfortunately, our Membership Officer Michelle Baguley has resigned from this position. Thank you to Michelle for her contribution over the past four years.

Mooloolaba 75th Anniversary
I attended this celebration at Mooloolaba Bowls Club. Congratulations to the club on this milestone and I wish them all the best for the future.

Clubs QLD Awards
Congratulations to Club Pine Rivers for being awarded the Best Bowls Club for the second year in a row and Bribie Island Bowls Club for taking out the Heart of the Community award. Well done to all bowls clubs that were finalists in various awards.

Multi Nations, 25 – 31 March
Due to the late withdrawal of Malaysia, Bowls QLD was invited to enter a team in this event. This was good experience for our young QLD stars, who conducted themselves extremely well. Well done to our Aussie open and para teams in this event.

QLD Junior Camp
The QLD Under 18 Squad of eight girls and eight boys has been invited to attend a QLD junior camp at Hamilton Bowls Club in Brisbane on April, 13-14.

Capalaba Sports Club will host this series which involves a BQ President’s XII playing the Australian Defence Force Bowls Team in a three test series on Friday 21 (1 test at night) and Saturday 22 April (2 tests).

QLD Representative Trial
The QLD Selectors have invited 36 women and 36 men to attend a trial at Club Tweed on Sunday 23 April. Players invited will be vying for QLD selection in the Open, Under 25 and 40-59 and Over 60 QLD Teams. Thank you to Hamilton Bowls Club, Capalaba Sports Club and Club Tweed for their support of the three events above.

2023 State District Sides
State District Sides will be played on the Sunshine Coast from Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 May at Coolum Beach, Club Maroochy, Club Kawana, The Waves Caloundra and Tewantin Noosa Bowls Clubs. Twenty women’s and 20 men’s teams will do battle in this annual series.

2023 State Championships
The State Championships will run 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.

Bowls QLD Event Hosting
Thank you to all clubs who showed expressions of interest to host Bowls QLD events.
Successful clubs for 2023 are the following:

  • Champion of Club Champions – October 21 to 26 at Souths Suburban in Mackay.
  • State Pennant – November 4 & 5 at Club Tweed.
  • State 8 A-Side – November 11 & 12 at Capalaba Sports Club.
  • State District Mixed Pairs – November 18 & 19 at Bargara.