Feature photo: Bowls Australia women winning the team trophy 2016.
The 14th edition of the World Outdoor Bowls Championships will be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia from the 29th August – 10th September 2023. It has been a seven year wait since the last championships at Christchurch, New Zealand in 2016. The 2020 championships was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which was scheduled to commence on May 26th 2020, it suffered two date changes and then was cancelled due to travel restrictions and health concerns. The Championships will now be held every two years. The Championships will also play host to the VI Mixed Pairs and Para Pairs events for the first time.
Nations have been busy announcing their teams and we almost have them all confirmed with less than 85 days to go until the championships begin.
Over 35 associations are due to compete at 2023 Championships, although many will only have representatives in some playing disciplines. Some players such as Jamie Walker (England, Men’s Triples Gold 2016), Aaron Wilson (Australia, Men’s Pairs Gold 2016) and Kelsey Cottrell (Australia, Women’s Fours Gold 2016) will be looking to retain their titles at the 2023 World Bowls Championships.
|Men’s||Shannon McIlroy (NZ)||Brett Wilkie & Aaron Wilson (AUS)||Jamie Walker, Andy Knapper & Robert Paxton (ENG)||Mike Nagy, Mike Kernaghan, Blake Signal & Ali Forsyth||New Zealand|
|Women’s||Karen Murphy (AUS)||Laura Daniels & Jess Sims (WAL)||Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott & Rebecca Van Asch (AUS)||Kelsey Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch & Natasha Scott (AUS)||Australia|
Here are the confirmed players and competing nations so far:
Australia: Aaron Wilson, Aaron Teys, Corey Wedlock, Aron Sherriff, Carl Healey, Ellen Ryan, Kristina Krstic, Dawn Hayman, Lynsey Clarke, Kelsey Cottrell. Para Pairs: Damien Delgado & James Reynolds, Cheryl Lindfield & Serena Bonnell. VI Mixed Pairs: Jake (s) & Cody Fehlberg (dir), Jackie & Rob Hudson (dir). Head coach: Gary Willis. Assistant coach: Karen Murphy.
Argentina: Ricardo Rubinat, Raul Pollet, Daniel Saint Genez, Javier Llauro, Jorge Barreto, Lucila Bausili, Ana Ramos, Virginia Bianco, Anabel Didlaukis, Gabriela Villamarin. Coaching & managing staff: Sebastian Sanchez Keenan, Juan Sills, Rodolfo Muller, Celia Nunez & Sara Jaimez
Botswana: Baven Balendra, Michael Gabobewe, Diane Nixon Senna, Andre Van De Walt, Binesh Desai, Lesedi Mafhoka, Molatedi Douma, Gaoromelwe Mpopi Pelemo, Elandri Collington, Lephai Marea Modutlwa. Coaching & managing staff: Gasegarona Pabalelo
Canada: Ryan Bester, John Bezear, Cameron Lefresne, Rob Law, Owen Kirby, Kelly McKerihen, Jordan Kos, Emma Boyd, Baylee van Steijn, Joanna Cooper.
Cyprus: Loukas Paraskeva, Sara Trotter.
Czech Republic: Craig Hurry
England: Nick Brett, Ed Morris, Sam Tolchard, Louis Ridout, Jamie Walker, Lorraine Kuhler, Jamie-Lea Marshall, Amy Pharaoh, Katherine Rednall, Sophie Tolchard. Performance Director: Mo Monkton. Team Manager (Men): Kirk Smith. Team Manager (Women): Sandy Hazell. Team Manager (Para): Helen Lewis-Wall. Para Pairs: Fynn Kyser & Jack Pullin, Michelle White & Jennie Sandford. VI Mixed Pairs: Stephen Hartley & Isaac Shieh (dir), Alison Yearling & Jane Herbert (dir).
Falkland Islands: Garry Tyrrell, Christopher Locke, Daphine Almond. Coaching & managing staff: Cecil Alexander
Hong Kong: Tony Cheung, Lee Ka Ho, James Po, Stephen Sy, Imen Tang, Cheryl Chan, Helen Cheung, Gloria Ha, Angel So, Phyllis Wong. Para Pairs: Puk Chi Yeung & Wong Kin Kwong, Tang Wai Lin & Wu Man Ying. VI Mixed Pairs: Li Chi Ming Rockey & Lee Fong Kiu (dir), Tang Shun Yee & NG Kwok Fai Kenny (dir). Coaching & managing staff: Walter Kowk, Bernard Leung, Les Carter, Danny Ho, Eva Hui, NG Yu Hin & Lung Ying Mui.
Ireland: Sarah Kelly, Ashleigh Rainey, Sophie McIntyre, Shauna O’Neill, Chloe Wilson, Gary Kelly, Stuart Bennett, Adam McKeown, Ian McClure & Martin McHugh. Coaching & managing staff: Neil Booth, Tommy Smith, Andrew Kyle & Colin Campbell.
Fiji: Kushal Pillay, Lal Chand Prasad, Munesh Kumar, Semesa Naiseruvati, Rajnesh Prasad, Losalini Diqoya, Radhika Prasad, Elizabeth Moceiwai, Sheryl Edward & Litia Tikoisuva. Coaching & managing staff: Surendra Prasad & Adi Taraivosa Kalim.
France: Amaury Dumont, Dorian Dumont, Maxime Faure, Guillaume Hertzog, David Ducote, Olivia Four & Cindy Royet. Coaching & managing staff: Thomas Royet, Olivia Four, Patrick Duvarry & Stephane Fournier
Guernsey: Matthew Solway, Rosemary Ogier & Lucy Beere. Coaching & managing staff: Richard Lovell & Kay Lovell.
Hong Kong: Tony Cheung, Imen Tang, Stephen Sy, James Po, Lee Ka Ho, Gloria Ha, Cheryl Chan, Phyllis Wong, Angel So & Helen Cheung. Para Pairs: Puk Chi Yeung & Wong Kin Kwong, Tang Wai Lin & Wu Man Ying. VI Mixed Pairs: Li Chi Ming Rockey & Lee Fong Kiu (dir), Tang Shun Yee & NG Kwok Fai Kenny (dir).
Israel: Tzvika Hadar, Danny Alonim, Selwyn Hare, Dani Slodownik, Allan Saitowitz, Karni Amit, Amaliya Levy & Ruit Gilor. Coaching & managing staff: Colin Silberstein & Colin Mirzoeff.
Japan: Kenta Hasebe Treacher, Takashi Ohira, Tetsuya Hirouchi, Hisaharu Sato, Kenichi Emura, Keiko Kurohara, Masako Sato, Sayuri Abiru, Midori Matsuoka & Kiroko Emura. Para Pairs: Mitsuteru Mizoguchi & Hisao Kojima. Coaching & managing staff: Jonathan Bosisto, Graham Dorren & Kirokazu Mori.
Jersey: Malcolm De Sousa, Derek Boswell, Taylor Greechan, Kevin Le Long, Greg Davis, Megan Kivlin, Kim Hutchings, Sara Douglas, Rachel MacDonald & Fiona Archibald. Coaching & managing staff: Ethel Southern, Graeme Le Monnier & Gwen Stark.
Kenya: Cephas Kimwaki Kimani, Kjellan Awour, Anwar Mbarak Hamanda, Benson Kariuki Wambugu, Joseph Kitosi Mutua, Eunice Wambui Mbugua, Cerestine Mwikali Masila, Fridah Wangari Mwangi, Jedidiah Njeri Maina & Esther Wanjiru Ndungu.
Malta: Wes Hedges, Peter Ellul, Troy Lorimer, Peter Tonna, Jason Borg, Rita Hedges, Irene Attard, Connie Rixon, Rose Rixon & Bec Rixon. Coaching & management staff: Rex Johnston, Joe Saragozza, Crawford Linton & Steve Gliddon.
Namibia: Schalk Van Wyk, Christo Steenkamp, Colin Peake, Johan Jacobs, Graham Snyman, Bianca Lewis, Elzaan De Vries, Amanda Steenkamp, Diana Viljoen & Marietjie Van De Bergh. Coaching & managing staff: Herriette Partridge & Andre Campbell.
Netherlands: Frank de Vries, Maus van Tol, Elly Dolieslager & Ineke Spangenberg. Coaching & managing staff: Daniel Spangenberg
New Zealand: Andrew Kelly, Tony Grantham, Chris Le Lievre, Lance Pascoe, Sheldon Bagrie-Howley, Tayla Bruce, Leeane Poulson, Selina Goddard, Val Smith & Katelyn Inch. Para Pairs: Darren Wolland & Mark Noble, Julie O’Connell & Teri Blackbourn. VI Mixed Pairs: Kerrin & Colin Wheeler (dir), Jayne & Bren Parsons (dir). Coaching & management staff: Michael Kernaghan, Michael Carroll, Gayle Melrose, Kevin Smith, Emily Belton, John Quinn & Julie Blake.
Niue: Stanley Frederick Tafatu, Tifaga Tuipuiliu Lologa, Tukala Tagelagi, Keith Papani, Gregory Funaki, Joy Peyroux, Lynsey Talagi, Christine Hipa, Catherine Papani & Pilena Motufoou. Coaching & managing staff: Desmond Hipa & Bill Vakaafi Motufoou.
Norfolk Island: Trevor Gow, Tony Scicluna, Matt Bigg, Teddy Evans, Ryan Dixon, Ellie Dixon, Carla Miles, Petal Jones, Carmen Anderson, Shae Wilson. Coaching & managing staff: Mark Carroll, Kieran Lawler, John Groat, Paul Hingston & Tim Sheridan.
Philippines: Rodel Labayo, Elmer Abatayo, Hommer Mercado, Leoncio Carreon Jr, Ronald Lising, Marisa Baronda, Asuncion Bruce, Hazel Jagonoy, Vilma Greenlees & Rosita Bradborn.Coaching & managing staff: Christopher Dagpin, Sharyn Renshaw, Kevin Diggs, Andrew Todd, Sarah Greenlees & Genaro Lopez.
Samoa: Lealaiauloto Iva Tiatia, Manuele Manuele, Pio Bell, Asuao Manu Faauma, Lealaiauloto Iva Tiatia, Lei Kaleopa. Coaching & managing staff: Rudy Meredith & Hipokarate Tolova’a.
Scotland: Iain McLean, Jason Banks, Derek Oliver, Paul Foster MBE & Alex Marshall MBE, Emma McIntyre, Carla Banks, Claire Anderson, Stacey McDougall & Caroline Brown. Para Pairs: Danny Porter & Garry Brown, Rosemary Lenton & Pauline Wilson. VI Mixed Pairs: Robert Barr & Sarah Jane Ewing (dir), Melanie Inness & George Miller (dir).
Singapore: Anthony Loh Kee Sin, Yuen Harriman, Ramachandran Deepan So, Thomas Leong Khim Hoong, Matthew Nhuie Ming Fook, Philomena Goh Quee Kee, Sarah Ho Shu En, Li Leng Li, Lin Cheo Al & May Lee Beng Hua. Para Pairs: Singh Mawjit Singh So Gurmet & Mohamad Khirmern Bin. Coaching & managing staff: Helen Lee Ah Lan, Rodger John Kimpton, Edmund Lin Jinsheng, Bernard Foo Men Yin, Tee Lim Peck, Bryan Lim Chin Yaw.
Spain: Terry Morgan, Debbie Colquhoun.
Sri Lanka: Errol Mark Johnson, Kumari Mangos. Coaching & managing staff: Daniel Mars & Sam Mangos.
South Africa: Wayne Rittmuller, Bradley Robinson, Victor Siphali, Niksa Benguric, Jason Evans, Colleen Piketh, Thabelo Muvango, Bridget Calitz, Esme Kruger & Anneke Snyman. Para Pairs: Deon van de Vyver & Gareth Rees-Gibbs. VI Mixed Pairs: Hermanus Scholtz & Geoffrey Newcombe (dir), May & Paul Homer (dir). Coaching & managing staff: Jessica Henderson, Susan Nel & Neil Burkett.
South Korea: Para Pairs: Hyeonmok Yoo & Chantae Park
Sweden: Olle Bäckgren & Pontus Palmkvist
Switzerland: Markus Merz, Christian Haldimann, Thomas Schneiter, Thomas Walti, Beat Matti, Laura Butler, Andrea Locher, Caroline Lehmann, Simone Kunz & Marianne Kunzle. Coaching & managing staff: Allan Newman & Blake Butler.
Thailand: Uthen Ontong, Patawee Montien, Naret Aiangetuen, Wattana Kadkhunthod, Thanakrit Thammasarn, Orawan Sodok, Chamaipron Kotchawong, Tanida Kachanthornpak, Palita Gangur & Nannapat Tomak. Para pairs: Anek Banjerdkitkul & Satian Thongdee, Bualai Kuntong & Wanitha Inthanin. VI Mixed Pairs: Kritsanu Thipphaymongkhonkun & Chalit Yingyong (dir), Aitsaraphon Khwaengmueang & Rattanaporn Jaratpinyowong (dir). Coaching & managing staff: Daniel Simmons, Anuruk Rodmanee, Sakprasert Mitsaha, Sonthi Manakidpaiboon, Kunanon Pongsiri & Chalit Yingyong.
Turkey: Ozkan Akar, Baris Islam Bolat, Zafer Yaman, Vuslat Arac, Serkan Akar, Bahar Cil, Merve Deniz, Busranur Uzun, Serap Usta, Sebiha Usta. Coaching & managing staff: Ozkan Akar & Gokhan Bozdemir.
United States: Charlie Herbert, Bob Schneider, Bill Brault, Loren Dion, Aaron Zangl, Anne Nunes, Mary Spease, Janice Bell, Joan Robbins & Mary Ann Beath. Coaching & managing staff: Kottia Spangler-Moore, Sandy Wall, Nick Schneider & Jackie Hogan.
Wales: Daniel Salmon, Owain Dando, Chris Klefenze, Ross Owen, Jarred Breen, Melanie Thomas, Sara Nicholls, Bethan Russ, Ysie White & Laura Daniels. Coaching & management staff: Caroline Taylor, Anwen Butten, Mark Harding & Chis Ashman.
Zimbabwe: Ellia Mbulawa, Jabulani Sibanda, Lionel Coventry, Myles Hopper, Clive Robertson, Jane Rigby, Caryn Sinclair, Caroline McDonnell, Melanie James & Heather Singleton. Coaching & managing staff: Kevin McGeoch & Jennifer Schoultz.
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