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2018 Awards Night finalists named

The finalists for next month’s national Awards Night have been confirmed, with the sport’s most outstanding athletes, administrators and officials set to be recognised.

Finalists for 11 awards have been unveiled for the 2018 Awards Night, with winners set to be crowned at the gala dinner on October 25.

Finalists for the coveted Sport Australia International Bowler of the Year category include dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist Natasha Scott and recently retired Jackaroos vice-captain Brett Wilkie, who had a dominant performance at the Trans Tasman test series leading into the Games.

Regardless of the outcome of that award, Scott is already assured of a piece of silverware on the night.

Scott, alongside fellow NSW player David Ferguson, are the only two already-confirmed winners for the night, having secured their respective Tourism and Events Queensland Female and Male Bowler of the Year titles by virtue of winning the sport’s National Player Rankings for 2017/18, decided at the end of June.

Scott and Ferguson, who finished as Australia’s number one bowlers, will be bestowed their prize of $3,000 each during the function.

In the junior ranks, 2017 Junior Golden Nugget winner Nick Cahill and South Australia’s open-aged Male Bowler of the Year Josh Studham have been named as finalists in the BCiB Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year.

In the BCiB Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year category, 2018 Australian Open under-18 girls’ singles winner Jessie Cottell and Queensland under-18 state singles, triples and fours winner Rebecca Rixon are the two finalists.

After stellar years on the green, it will be difficult to split 2018 Commonwealth Games vision-impaired mixed pairs gold medal winning teammates Lynne Seymour and Jake Fehlberg in the Bowler with a Disability of the Year award.

Last year’s runner-up in the Stockland Retirement Living Club of the Year award, Queensland’s Rockhampton Bowls Club, has again been selected as a finalists, against Victoria’s Werribee Bowls Club.

In the City of Gold Coast Coach of the Year accolade, the three Coaches that orchestrated the Australian Jackaroos success at the recent Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have been selected as finalists, in National Coach Steve Glasson OAM, National Assistant Coach Gary Willis and Para-Sport Coach Kelvin Kerkow OAM.

Two tireless contributors to the sport have been recognised as finalists for the Volunteer of the Year gong, in Club Helensvale’s Geoff O’Meagher, who contributed greatly to the Australian Open and Helensvale’s National Club 5 A Side, and Moonta Memorial’s Andrew Howard, who provided assistance to the Australian Senior Sides Championships.

Two exceptional International Technical Officials have been selected as as finalists in the Official of the Year category, in Western Australia’s Sue Hogg and South Australia’s Joan Prosser.

Three deserving Bowls Australia employees have been confirmed as finalists in the Bolton Clarke Regional Bowls Manager of the Year  award, for their contribution to the assistance of clubs in their region, including NSW’s David Inglis, Victoria’s John Emerson, and NSW’s Brett Hughes.

Full Award finalists:
Sport Australia International Bowler of the Year finalists: Brett Wilkie (Club Helensvale, QLD) and Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW)
Tourism and Events Queensland Male Bowler of the Year winner: David Ferguson (Engadine, NSW)
Tourism and Events Queensland Female Bowler of the Year winner: Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW)
BCiB Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year finalists: Nick Cahill (Across The Waves, QLD) and Josh Studham (Holdfast Bay, SA)
BCiB Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year finalists: Jessie Cottell (Club Helensvale, QLD) and Rebecca Rixon (Club Kawana, QLD)
Bowler with a Disability of the Year finalists: Lynne Seymour (Thuringowa, QLD) and Jake Fehlberg (Burleigh Heads, QLD)
Stockland Retirement Living Club of the Year finalists: Werribee (VIC) and Rockhampton (QLD)
City of Gold Coast Coach of the Year finalists: Steve Glasson (Club Mount Lewis, NSW), Kelvin Kerkow (Tweed Heads, QLD), Gary Willis (Cabramatta, NSW)
Volunteer of the Year finalists: Geoff O’Meagher (Club Helensvale, QLD) and Andrew Howard (Moonta Memorial, SA)
Official of the Year finalists: Sue Hogg (Manning Memorial, WA) and Joan Prosser (Payneham, SA)
Bolton Clarke Regional Bowls Manager of the Year finalists: David Inglis (Riverina & Western NSW), John Emerson (North East Victoria) and Brett Hughes (Greater Sydney, NSW)

The winners of the awards will be announced at the Awards Night on October 25, to be staged at Mantra on View in Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

Also set to be honoured on the night are the full-contingent of Australian Jackaroos that competed and secured five gold and two silver medals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Tickets for the 2018 Awards Night are now available to be purchased online here – priced at $135.00 per person (plus processing fees), and includes a three-course meal and drink packages.

Bowls Australia encourage anyone wishing to support the Award finalists or the Australian Jackaroos to attend.

Bowls Australia congratulates all award finalists, acknowledges the work of the selection committees and thanks the public for all nominations.

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September 18, 2018 / by / in
Vale: Daniel Patterson

Tributes have begun rolling in for Western Australian state representative Daniel Patterson, whose life was tragically cut short in a mining-related truck driving accident late on Wednesday night.

Patterson, 28, was fatally injured at work when his Haulpak truck veered off the road at Rio Tinto’s Channar iron ore mine in Paraburdoo, at approximately 11.00pm on Wednesday.

Patterson was a popular member of Cambridge Bowling Club and unquestionably one of Western Australia’s top current state representatives, having notched up 66 appearances since making his debut in 2012 as the state’s 169th capped male player.

He was an inaugural member of WA’s National Training Centre Squad, from 2012 to 2014.

Heartbreakingly, Patterson and wife Lauren welcomed their first child into the world just three months ago, after being married only a year earlier.

Bowls WA Chief Executive Officer Ken Pride publicly paid tribute to Patterson via The West Australian.

“There will be no one really who plays bowls in WA and doesn’t know him,” Mr Pride said.

“Daniel was an energetic, outgoing, vibrant young man; he was just full of life.

“He really was one of those characters — when he walked into the room the place lit up.”

Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer Neil Dalrymple also expressed his sadness upon learning of the news.

“On behalf of Bowls Australia and the entire bowling community, we express our deepest condolences and extend our thoughts to the entire Patterson family. 

“Daniel was such a great personality on and off the green, and will be sorely missed.

“He was an exceptional young bowling talent, who played regularly at the Australian Sides Championship, and the sport in WA is certainly now poorer due to his passing.”

Vale, Daniel Patterson.

August 17, 2018 / by / in
BowlsLink whole-of-sport IT system rolls out

Bowls Australia has today unveiled plans to roll-out a new and improved whole-of-sport information technology platform, titled “BowlsLink”.

The BowlsLink project involves a partnership between the sport’s national governing body and seven State and Territory Associations to develop a tailor-made IT system for all levels of the sport, inclusive of a modern competition management system, a centralised connected membership database system, and new and improved websites.

The BowlsLink system is being developed by Melbourne-based web development agency Savage Bull, following a comprehensive 18-month tender process, led by a working group featuring a cross-section of the sport’s key stakeholders.

Through the BowlsLink system, all 1,873 affiliated bowls clubs nationwide will have access to a modern, new website, utilising the WordPress content management system, provided free of charge.

Clubs, districts, zones and regions from all states and territories will be able to utilise the new website design from early September, providing an 8-week roll-over period for administrators to transition across before the current STG websites cease to operate in early November.

In a coup for all for website administrators, the new BowlsLink websites will come already populated with the majority of information currently stored on the STG websites, thus greatly reducing the amount of manual input of information required to get the new sites ready to go live.

The development of BowlsLink will be funded by Bowls Australia, Bowls ACT, Bowls NT, Bowls NSW, Bowls SA, Bowls Tasmania, Bowls Victoria and Bowls WA, as the key decision-making partners of the new unified system.

A core element of BowlsLink is a new competition management system designed from the ground-up and tailored to the sport’s unique needs, which, in a first for the sport, will be connected and communicate to the new database system and website platforms.

Key competition people from all levels of the sport have had input into the development of the new system, ensuring that it meets the needs of all the sport’s various competition types.

The development of the new system is currently underway, and will involve a progressive roll-out of features occurring in the coming months, with a complete delivery of the system expected to occur by March, 2019.

It is expected that the launch of specific components of BowlsLink will be staggered according to the playing seasons of some states and territories, so as to not impede on competitions in progress, and to allow adequate time for education and training in the new system.

In the lead-up to Bowlslink being fully launched, clubs will receive further communications from their relevant state body, which will include training and support information to help clubs make a smooth transition to the new system.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why has the sport changed provider?
The conclusion of the sport’s whole of sport IT agreement with STG created an opportunity for Bowls Australia and all State and Territory Associations to competitively source an improved grass-roots engagement and communication member management system, which also includes a comprehensive competition management system.

Who is Bowls in Australia’s new system provider?
The new system will be developed by Melbourne-based web development agency Savage Bull.

What was the process for appointing a new provider?
A working group, featuring a cross-section of the sport’s key stakeholders, was established and a Tender Process commenced to scope the requirements of the whole of sport IT system for Bowls in Australia, and to source tenders from potential vendors. 

Companies were invited to provide submissions to the Panel which addressed Bowls’ specific requirements. 

Agreement on the preferred supplier was then sought from BA and STAs.

When will the system be live?
Elements of BowlsLink will be launched at various stages within the next eight months. The release of specific components will be determined, and communicated by, individual State and Territory Associations to best align to their competition seasons.

Is there a cost to clubs/districts/zones/regions to use BowlsLink?
There is no cost to clubs/districts/zones/regions to access the new BowlsLink whole of sport IT system. Bowls Australia and seven STAs have contributed to the cost of the system for the sport to access.

Which organisations are eligible to receive a free website?
Any affiliated bowls club/district/zone/region is eligible to receive a free website under the BowlsLink model, even those that are affiliated to Bowls Queensland or Women’s Bowls NSW, who aren’t funding the development of the system.

What is the process for obtaining a new website?
If you currently have a SportsTG website, you do not need to do anything. Data will be transferred over, and your club will be contacted regarding access to the new platform closer to September.

If your club currently does not have a website but is interested, you can contact Kelvin Rodgers via the details provided below.

How long does it take to set up a new website?
It will take significantly less time to set up a club/district/zone/region website than ever before. The new BowlsLink websites will come already populated with the majority of information currently stored on the STG websites. It is expected that administrators will need to add the finishing touches, such as logo/s and pictures, to complete the website.

Can I keep my current STG website?
No, the new Savage Bull websites will supersede the STG websites, with the Bowls/STG websites becoming obsolete in November.

We currently do not have a STG website, what effect does this have on our website?
There is no effect to your website. However, there is an opportunity for your organisation to access a free BowlsLink website.

Who do we contact for support?
Kelvin Rodgers
Training and Support Coordinator
Bowls Australia
Ph. (03) 9480 7110
[email protected]

August 6, 2018 / by / in