Draw shot at Asheville Lawn Bowling Club on synthetic surface.
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Roger Parkin lays down a bowl on rubico in Clearwater FL
NEWS RELEASE - Feb 21, 2017
Quest for ‘Olympic Dream’ draws closer
Last year a pathway for lawn bowls to achieve official International Olympic Committee (IOC) Recognition arose when our number of participating member nations was formalised to be in excess of fifty – a minimum requisite criteria.
And although there is more work to be done, a meeting last week in Lausanne, Switzerland at IOC headquarters, between senior officials and the world leadership of lawn bowls, saw a hearty welcome, and much positive and respectful reaction to the quality of World Bowls’ application. This was also fortified by a mutual agreement to work together in the spirit of open-armed encouragement and support.
Leading the World Bowls executive delegation was president John Bell and chief executive Gary Smith, who, as part of the recently lodged ‘Lawn Bowls application for IOC Recognition’ bid, met with Mike Joyce, IOC Coordination des Sports manager; and two representatives from SportsAccord, Philippe Gueisbuhler, head of Administration and Convention; and Michel Filliau, senior advisor to the President in charge of Membership Relations. ‘I’m delighted with the excellent work done to date, along with the meeting in Lausanne,’ president John Bell said on return. ‘The meeting was extremely positive and has given us clear guidelines on how to progress our application. It will hopefully set us on course for achieving our sport’s ‘Olympic Dream.’ Mr Bell added the meeting clearly demonstrated the IOC has undoubted respect for both our sport and our bid for official recognition; saw many positives in our assessment; and is impressed by the globalisation of lawn bowls, its popularity, its values and its good governance.
It was acknowledged that the future development of lawn bowls at all levels is inextricably linked to IOC Recognition.
The lawn bowls application will be submitted to SportAccord’s General Meeting in April 2018; and if successful, the World Bowls bid for IOC Recognition will be resubmitted to the IOC to be considered by one of the IOC Executive Board meetings later that year.
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How lawn bowls are made.
Four Asheville bowlers ventured to Clearwater Florida to compete in the Southeast Open along with approximately 50 other bowlers from the Southeast, NY and NJ, England, Scotland and Canada. Players competed in three disciples: singles, pairs and triples.
Clearwater features a rubico surface that is hard-packed clay made from crushed basalt with a dusting of fine granular rubico on the surface. It is not exactly the same as but similar to the playing surface at the French Open tennis tournament.
Asheville's representatives (see photo left) competed against one another in the semi-finals of the pairs championship flight. Nelson and Parkin came out on top in the showdown, but Momkes-Peele rebounded to finish in 3rd place. Nelson-Parkin lost in the final and finished 2nd.
Nelson-Parkin also claimed 2nd place in the triples event, teaming up with Clearwater bowler Burl Roller. Nelson won the B flight in singles and finished 2nd to Roller for Bowler of the Tournament.
In series of instructional manuals and videos, the "doyen" of Australian coaches, Lachlan Tighe employs modern methods to empower bowlers and coaches alike.
Watch videos of the best in the world as they compete in the gold medal matches at the 2016 World Bowls tournament in New Zealand.
(The Men's Pairs final is a particularly good match.)
l to r: Hans Momkes, Steve Nelson, Jon Peele, Roger Parkin
Asheville club represented at Southeast Open
March 4-9, 2017