WINNERS:Don Waddell and Judy Adams (left) won the Lismore City mixed pairs championship final over Liz Turnbull and Les James. James and Turnbull had won the event on the previous three occasions.
WINNERS:Don Waddell and Judy Adams (left) won the Lismore City mixed pairs championship final over Liz Turnbull and Les James. James and Turnbull had won the event on the previous three occasions. contributed

Good Sports looking after bowls

ACROSS Australia, 423 bowls clubs are involved in the program called Good Sports - an initiative that identifies policies and practices that can be improved. These include alcohol and tobacco management, safe transport and fund-raising strategies that provide an alternative to alcohol.

Bowls Australia says it is working in partnership with Good Sports to support clubs to become accredited and boost their membership and revenue.

The initiative provides clubs with 'the resources and framework needed to create a culture change'.

"Some of the proven benefits of joining the Good Sports program are an increase in membership, an enhanced family atmosphere at club venues and the ability to diversify revenue for clubs,” Bowls Australia says.

Hard to match

IN THE world bowls championships that started in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday Australia will be flat out to match its 2012 performance in Adelaide when it picked up five gold medals and two silver from eight disciplines.

Four of the women from the 2012 side - Karen Murphy, Kelsey Cottrell, Natasha Scott, Rebecca van Asch - are there again, joined by Carla Krizanic. The men's side has International Bowler of the Year Aron Sherriff heading a strong contingent in Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey and Victorians Aaron Wilson and Barrie Lester. The 24-year-old Wilson is the Australian Open singles champ; Lester is a former Commonwealth Games pairs bronze medallist.

These world championships are the swansong for Helensvale's Mark Casey, 34, a fixture in the Australian side since 2003, playing for it 117 times and taking part in 269 internationals, world singles champ in 2005.

Casey has announced it will be his last international competition. He is moving into a new career in bowls administration as competition manager for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Live coverage

MORE than 20 hours of live bowls finals of the world championships will be televised on Fox Sports. The women's fours, men's triples, men's pairs and women's singles will be on December 3 and 4. The women's triples, men's fours, women's pairs and men's singles will on December 10 and 11.

Double celebration

FOR the first time in seven years, Australians have taken out the dual titles - men's and women's world singles champion of champions.

Adelaide's Scott Thulborn and Newcastle's Natasha Scott did the job at Helensvale at the weekend, both in straight sets.

Scott won the final against Brunei's Amalia Matali 10-6, 7-4; Thulborn beat Jonathan Tomlinson (Wales) 9-6, 7-4.

The last time Australia won the double in this event was in 2009 when Brett Wilkie and Kelsey Cottrell were successful.

Plenty of time

Former Ballina-Evans Head junior Aaron Teys, now with Warilla, has a whole year to prepare for the next world champion of champions singles. These will be held at Sydney's St Johns Park in November. He qualified for the title through his Australian champion of champions singles victory. Also aiming for the next world championship will be the women's winner, Carla Krizanic.

In the NSW champion of champions singles at Wagga, Josh Greenhalgh (Brunswick Heads) made it through to the quarter-finals after winning a 31-30 thriller in the round of 16. In the quarters he was ousted in another close one, 31-27 by Newcastle's Jarrod Duncan.

Online revolution

IT WILL revolutionise the way bowls is seen and delivered online, says Bowls Australia announcing its latest venture, The Bowls Clubhouse. A video archive dubbed The Bank containing hundreds of hours of footage from past years will be available free on line early next year by signing up to The Bowls Clubhouse.

Bowls Australia says the new project will 'provide bowlers and fans with unprecedented access to the sport'.

It also is offering a sea cruise for 25 words or less by February 7 telling the favourite bowls television moment.

Big win

SHOWING that age is no barrier to success in bowls, Lismore City octogenarians Judy Adams and Don Waddell are the club's new mixed pairs champions. It was some effort - in the final they had to beat a pair trying for their fourth successive title, Liz Turnbull and Les James.

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