Commonwealth Games gold medallist Wayne Turley OAM, 44, has been confirmed as the first inductee into this year’s national bowls Hall of Fame.
Turley will be among five Hall of Famers unveiled each day this week, while a special announcement will take place on Monday, September 11 to reveal the names of a further two current members who will be elevated to Legend status.
Turley will be officially bestowed with the sport’s highest honour at Bowls Australia’s 2017 Hall of Fame and Awards Night on October 26, which will be staged at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise.
The former Australian Jackaroos Vice-Captain enjoyed a sublime international career, which spanned 132 tests from 2005 to 2011.
In just his second capped event, Turley secured his most coveted international achievement, claiming a coveted gold medal at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in the men’s triples discipline, alongside Bill Cornehls and Mark Casey.
Other international highlights included dual gold medals from the 2007 Asia Pacific Championships, a silver medal at the 2008 World Bowls Championships, a silver medal at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, and a further Asia Pacific Championships gold medal in 2009.
On the state stage, Turley has notched up 279 test caps for the NSW Blues, having made his state debut in 1999, and is the fourth most prolific NSW men’s representative in the sport’s history.
He has twice been voted NSW bowler of the year, in 2006 and 2013, and has been part of six Alley Shield victories with the Blues at the Australian Sides Championships during his tenure.
Turley, who began his love-affair with the sport as a 15 year-old, has been the Bowls Coordinator at Taren Point for 18 years, and has only recently signalled a move to take the reigns at Tweed Heads Bowls Club in the same position later this month.
He has also contributed to the governance of the sport through his role on the Bowls Australia Board, which he has held since 2013.
Earlier this year, Turley was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division, for service to lawn bowls, as part of the Australian Day 2017 honours list.
Bowls Australia President Nigel Smith said that Turley was thoroughly deserving of the recognition and had contributed greatly to the sport across all levels.
“Wayne Turley’s playing achievements on the international, national and state stage speak for themselves; he has been a prolific player across all three levels for a very long time and accomplished results most of us could only dream of,” Smith said.
“His contribution to the sport spreads far wider than just what he has achieved on the green, cause to him, bowls is much more than just a sport or pastime, it’s an enormous part of his life.
“He is a fantastic ambassador for the sport and deserving of being included among such esteemed company.”
Turley will be inducted into the “2000-present – Athlete” category.
Stay tuned to bowls.com.au as a further four individuals are confirmed for Hall of Fame induction throughout this week, and look out for Monday’s announcement of the elevation of two members to Legend status.
Tickets to Bowls Australia’s 2017 Hall of Fame and Awards Night, which will be staged on October 26, will be made available for purchase from Monday, September 11.
Bowls Australia congratulates Wayne Turley on his forthcoming induction.