Bowls Australia and three councils on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia are pleased to announce a partnership that will see the 2017 Australian Senior Sides Championships being hosted by South Australia.
The District Councils of Barunga West, Copper Coast and Yorke Peninsula of South Australia have agreed to host the prestigious Over-60s event which will see bowling clubs from each councils region benefit immensely.
The Australian Senior Sides Championships is a prestigious event on the national bowls calendar which involves 192 elite senior bowlers, both male and female, from all eight State and Territories.
The 2017 instalment of the event will be referred to as the Yorke Peninsula Australian Senior Sides Championships and be conducted from October 15 to 19.
Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple says this partnership is a coup for the Australian Senior Sides Championships and for the bowlers and greater community of the Yorke Peninsula.
“To see a prestigious national bowling event heading into a regional area of South Australia is terrific for the sport of bowls, and continues Bowls Australia’s promise to deliver bowls to more people across the country,” said Mr Dalrymple.
“South Australia has a proud history of hosting major national bowling events including the Australian Sides Championships, World Championships and the Australia verse South Africa test series hosted in the Yorke Peninsula, at the Moonta Bowling Club, back in 2011.
“Whilst the initial contract is a one year term, Bowls Australia is confident the Yorke Peninsula, Barunga West and Copper Coast councils will extend the partnership a further two years, securing South Australia as the host State till 2019.”
The South Australian government continues to show its support of Lawn Bowls by engaging in partnerships like this one, to secure events such as the Australian Senior Sides Championships for economic purposes and for the purpose of putting South Australia on the map as a premier bowling state.
Recreational tourism has been recognised by our Yorke Peninsula Council’s as a great opportunity to strengthen and extend our already popular tourism industry says Paul Thomas, Mayor of the District Council of the Copper Coast.
“This will be an out of season event, which will provide an additional financial boost to our communities,” said Mayor Thomas.
“At the same time, a number of our local Bowling Clubs will play host to some of the nation’s finest bowlers.
“This hopefully will enable local bowlers to gain a greater exposure to the game as we share the wonderful facilities and country hospitality that we have on offer.”
The 2017 Yorke Peninsula Australian Senior Sides Championships will be hotly contested in South Australia this October with the Queensland women and Victorian men hoping to defend their titles from 2016.
Off the back of the recent success of the host State at the Australian Sides Championships held at Lockleys Bowling Club in Adelaide, South Australia will be difficult to beat on their home greens.
Bowls Australia wishes to show appreciation to the three councils in the Yorke Peninsula and Bowls South Australia for working in partnership to secure the future of the Australian Senior Sides Championships be held in SA.
Caption- South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula secure the hosting rights of the 2017 Australian Senior Sides Championships