World Bowls Championship
Tournament information
SportLawn bowls
LocationVarious
Established1966 (men)
1969 (women)
Administrator(s)World Bowls
WebsiteWorld Bowls

The World Bowls Championship is the premier world bowls competition between national bowls organisations. The premier indoor event is the World Indoor Bowls Championships listed separately and is organised by the World Bowls Tour.[1]

World Outdoor Championships

First held in Australia in 1966, the World Outdoor Bowls Championships for men and women are held every four years. From 2008 the men's and women's events were held together. Qualifying national bowls organisations (usually countries) are represented by a team of five players, who play once as a single and a four, then again as a pair and a triple. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each of the four disciplines, and there is also a trophy for the best overall team — the Leonard Trophy for men and the Taylor Trophy for women.[2] Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland compete as one combined Irish team.

The 2020 event was postponed twice and scheduled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However following continual issues surrounding the pandemic the Championships were officially cancelled on 9 March 2021. Furthermore, it was decided that the World Championships would take place every two years starting in 2023. This also resulted in the fact that qualifying events for the Championships were no longer required meaning the Atlantic Bowls Championships and Asia Pacific Championships were terminated.[3]

Men's Titles

Year Venue Singles Gold Pairs Gold * Triples Gold * Fours Gold * Team Champion
1966 Sydney,
Australia
England
David Bryant
Australia
Geoff Kelly, Bert Palm
Australia
John Dobbie, Athol Johnston,
Don Collins
New Zealand
Bill O'Neill, Gordon Jolly,
Ron Buchan, Norm Lash
Australia
Australia
1972 Worthing,
England
Wales
Maldwyn Evans
Hong Kong
Eric Liddell, Saco Delgado
United States
Dick Folkins, Clive Forrester,
Bill Miller
England
Peter Line, Ted Hayward
Cliff Stroud, Norman King
Scotland
Scotland
1976 Johannesburg,
South Africa
South Africa
Doug Watson
South Africa
Bill Moseley, Doug Watson
South Africa
Kevin Campbell, Nando Gatti,
Kelvin Lightfoot
South Africa
Kevin Campbell, Bill Moseley,
Nando Gatti, Kelvin Lightfoot
South Africa
South Africa
1980 Melbourne,
Australia
England
David Bryant
Australia
Peter Rheuben, Alf Sandercock
England
David Bryant, Tony Allcock,
Jimmy Hobday
Hong Kong
Omar Dallah, Eric Liddell,
George Souza, Philip Chok
England
England
1984 Aberdeen,
Scotland
New Zealand
Peter Belliss
United States
Skippy Arculli, Jim Candelet,
George Adrain *
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Jim Baker, Sammy Allen,
Stan Espie
England
Tony Allcock, John Bell
Julian Haines, George Turley
Scotland
Scotland
1988 Auckland,
New Zealand
England
David Bryant
New Zealand
Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey
New Zealand
Phil Skoglund, Morgan Moffat,
Ian Dickison
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Jim Baker, Sammy Allen,
John McCloughlin, Rodney McCutcheon
England
England
1992 Worthing,
England
England
Tony Allcock
Scotland
Alex Marshall, Richard Corsie
Israel
Cecil Bransky, Lawrence Mendelsohn,
Leon Bluhm
Scotland
Angus Blair, Willie Wood,
Alex Marshall, Graham Robertson
Scotland
Scotland
1996 Adelaide,
Australia
England
Tony Allcock
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Sammy Allen, Jeremy Henry
Scotland
George Adrain, Willie Wood,
Kenny Logan
England
John Bell, Andy Thomson,
David Cutler, Brett Morley
Scotland
Scotland
2000 Johannesburg,
South Africa
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Jeremy Henry
Scotland
Alex Marshall, George Sneddon
New Zealand
Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey,
Andrew Curtain
Wales
Will Thomas, Robert Weale,
Stephen Rees, Mark Williams
Australia
Australia
2004 Ayr,
Scotland
Australia
Steve Glasson
Canada
Ryan Bester, Keith Roney
Scotland
David Peacock, Willie Wood,
Jim McIntyre
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Jim Baker, Neil Booth,
Noel Graham, Jonathan Ross
Scotland
Scotland
2008 Christchurch,
New Zealand
Malaysia
Safuan Said
New Zealand
Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer
Scotland
David Peacock, Willie Wood,
Wayne Hogg
New Zealand
Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer,
Richard Girvan, Andrew Todd
New Zealand
New Zealand
2012 Adelaide,
Australia
Australia
Leif Selby
Scotland
Alex Marshall, Paul Foster
Scotland
Graeme Archer, Darren Burnett,
David Peacock
Australia
Aron Sherriff, Mark Casey,
Brett Wilkie, Wayne Ruediger
Australia
Australia
2016 Christchurch,
New Zealand
New Zealand
Shannon McIlroy
Australia
Aaron Wilson, Brett Wilkie
England
Robert Paxton, Andy Knapper,
Jamie Walker
New Zealand
Ali Forsyth, Blake Signal,
Mike Kernaghan, Mike Nagy
New Zealand
New Zealand
2020 Gold Coast,
Australia
cancelled due to COVID-19
2023 Gold Coast,
Australia
2025 Hong Kong,
China

* Jim Candelet was taken ill during the pool stages and had to withdraw from the championships. As the USA did not have an available substitute the organisers allowed George Adrain, a reserve with the Scottish team, to take his place for the rest of the tournament.

Women's Titles

Year Venue Singles Gold Pairs Gold Triples Gold Fours Gold Team Champion
1969 Sydney,
Australia
Papua New Guinea
Gladys Doyle
South Africa
May Cridlan, Elsie McDonald
South Africa
Kathy Bidwell, Yetta Emanuel,
Sara Sundelowitz
South Africa
May Cridlan, Kathy Bidwell,
Yetta Emanuel, Sara Sundelowitz
South Africa South Africa
1973 Wellington,
New Zealand
New Zealand
Elsie Wilkie
Australia
Dot Jenkinson, Lorna Lucas
New Zealand
Cis Winstanley, Noeleen Scott,
Irene Foote
New Zealand
Cis Winstanley, Verna Devlin,
Noeleen Scott, Irene Foote
New Zealand New Zealand
1977 Worthing,
England
New Zealand
Elsie Wilkie
Hong Kong
Helen Wong, Elvie Chok
Wales
Enid Morgan, Margaret Pomeroy,
Joan Osborne
Australia
Merle Richardson, Lorna Lucas,
Connie Hicks, Dot Jenkinson
Australia Australia
1981 Toronto,
Canada
England
Norma Shaw
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Nan Allely, Eileen Bell
Hong Kong
Lena Sadick, Rae O'Donnell,
Linda King
England
Eileen Fletcher, Gloria Thomas, Mavis Steele
Betty Stubbings, Irene Molyneux*
England England
1985 Melbourne,
Australia
Australia
Merle Richardson
Australia
Merle Richardson, Fay Craig
Australia
Mavis Meadowcroft, Norma Massey,
Dorothy Roche
Scotland
Frances Whyte, Annette Evans,
Elizabeth Christie, Sarah Gourlay
Australia Australia
1988 Auckland,
New Zealand
Wales
Janet Ackland
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Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan
Australia
Dorothy Roche, Marion Stevens,
Greeta Fahey
Australia
Dorothy Roche, Norma Wainwright,
Marion Stevens, Greeta Fahey
England England
1992 Ayr,
Scotland
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Margaret Johnston
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Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan
Scotland
Frances Whyte, Janice Maxwell,
Joyce Lindores
Scotland
Senga McCrone, Frances Whyte,
Janice Maxwell, Joyce Lindores
Scotland Scotland
1996 Leamington Spa,
England
Norfolk Island
Carmen Anderson
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Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan
South Africa
Hester Bekker, Barbara Redshaw,
Jannie de Beer
Australia
Daphne Shaw, Margaret Sumner,
Marilyn Peddell, Gordana Baric
South Africa South Africa
2000 Moama,
Australia
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Margaret Johnston
Scotland
Joyce Lindores, Margaret Letham
New Zealand
Anne Lomas, Sharon Sims,
Patsy Jorgensen
New Zealand
Anne Lomas, Sharon Sims,
Patsy Jorgensen, Jan Khan
England England
2004 Leamington Spa,
England
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Margaret Johnston
New Zealand
Jo Edwards, Sharon Sims
South Africa
Loraine Victor, Jill Hackland,
Trish Steyn
England
Amy Monkhouse Jean Baker,
Ellen Falkner, Jayne Christie
England England
2008 Christchurch,
New Zealand
New Zealand
Val Smith
New Zealand
Jo Edwards, Val Smith
South Africa
Lorna Trigwell, Loraine Victor,
Sylvia Burns
Australia
Karen Murphy, Claire Duke,
Julie Keegan, Lynsey Clarke
Australia Australia
2012 Adelaide,
Australia
Australia
Karen Murphy
Australia
Rebecca Van Asch, Kelsey Cottrell
Australia
Karen Murphy, Lynsey Clarke,
Natasha Scott
Scotland
Margaret Letham, Caroline Brown,
Lynn Stein, Michelle Cooper
Australia Australia
2016 Christchurch,
New Zealand
Australia
Karen Murphy
Wales
Jess Sims, Laura Daniels
Australia
Rebecca Van Asch, Natasha Scott,
Carla Krizanic
Australia
Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch,
Carla Krizanic, Kelsey Cottrell
Australia Australia
2020 Gold Coast,
Australia
cancelled due to COVID-19
2023 Gold Coast,
Australia
2025 Hong Kong,
China

* Irene Molyneux played in the 1981 Fours & Pairs as an injury replacement helping England to the Fours Gold medal.

Summary

Nation Men Women Total
Singles Pairs Triples Fours Team Total Singles Pairs Triples Fours Team Total
 Australia 2 3 1 1 3 10 3 3 4 4 5 19 29
 New Zealand 2 2 2 3 2 11 3 2 2 2 1 10 21
 Scotland - 3 4 1 5 13 - 1 1 3 1 6 19
 England 5 - 2 2 2 11 1 - - 2 4 7 18
 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 5 - 1 4 1 2 8 13
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Ireland
1 1 1 2 - 5 3 4 - - - 7 12
 Wales 1 - - 1 - 2 1 1 1 - - 3 5
 Hong Kong - 1 - 1 - 2 - 1 1 - - 2 4
 USA - 1 1 - - 2 - - - - - - 2
 Malaysia 1 - - - - 1 - - - - - - 1
 Papua New Guinea - - - - - - 1 - - - - 1 1
 Norfolk Island - - - - - - 1 - - - - 1 1
 Canada - 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - 1
 Israel - - - 1 - 1 - - - - - - 1

See also

World Bowls Events

References

  1. ^ Sullivan, Patrick (1986). Guinness Bowls Records. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-414-3.
  2. ^ Newby, Donald (1989). Bowls Year Book 89. Daily Telegraph. ISBN 0-330-31093-3.
  3. ^ "2021 World Bowls Championships Gold Coast & Future World Championships" (PDF). World Bowls. Retrieved 15 May 2021.