World Bowls Championship

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 Irish team.

Men's Titles

Year Venue Singles Gold Pairs Gold * Triples Gold * Fours Gold * Team Champion
1966
Sydney,
Australia

David Bryant

Geoff Kelly, Bert Palm

John Dobbie, Athol Johnston,
Don Collins

Bill O'Neill, Gordon Jolly,
Ron Buchan, Norm Lash

Australia
1972
Worthing,
England

Maldwyn Evans

Eric Liddell, Saco Delgado

Dick Folkins, Clive Forrester,
Bill Miller

Peter Line, Ted Hayward
Cliff Stroud, Norman King

Scotland
1976
Johannesburg,
South Africa

Doug Watson

Bill Moseley, Doug Watson

Kevin Campbell, Nando Gatti,
Kelvin Lightfoot

Kevin Campbell, Bill Moseley,
Nando Gatti, Kelvin Lightfoot

South Africa
1980
Melbourne,
Australia

David Bryant

Peter Rheuben, Alf Sandercock

David Bryant, Tony Allcock,
Jimmy Hobday

Omar Dallah, Eric Liddell,
George Souza, Philip Chok

England
1984
Aberdeen,
Scotland

Peter Belliss

Skippy Arculli, Jim Candelet,
George Adrain *

Jim Baker, Sammy Allen,
Stan Espie

Tony Allcock, John Bell
Julian Haines, George Turley

Scotland
1988
Auckland,
New Zealand

David Bryant

Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey

Phil Skoglund, Morgan Moffat,
Ian Dickison

Jim Baker, Sammy Allen,
John McCloughlin, Rodney McCutcheon

England
1992
Worthing,
England

Tony Allcock

Alex Marshall, Richard Corsie

Cecil Bransky, Lawrence Mendelsohn,
Leon Bluhm

Angus Blair, Willie Wood,
Alex Marshall, Graham Robertson

Scotland
1996
Adelaide,
Australia

Tony Allcock

Sammy Allen, Jeremy Henry

George Adrain, Willie Wood,
Kenny Logan

John Bell, Andy Thomson,
David Cutler, Brett Morley

Scotland
2000
Johannesburg,
South Africa

Jeremy Henry

Alex Marshall, George Sneddon

Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey,
Andrew Curtain

Will Thomas, Robert Weale,
Stephen Rees, Mark Williams

Australia
2004
Ayr,
Scotland

Steve Glasson

Ryan Bester, Keith Roney

David Peacock, Willie Wood,
Jim McIntyre

Jim Baker, Neil Booth,
Noel Graham, Jonathan Ross

Scotland
2008
Christchurch,
New Zealand

Safuan Said

Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer

David Peacock, Willie Wood,
Wayne Hogg

Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer,
Richard Girvan, Andrew Todd

New Zealand
2012
Adelaide,
Australia

Leif Selby

Alex Marshall, Paul Foster

Graeme Archer, Darren Burnett,
David Peacock

Aron Sherriff, Mark Casey,
Brett Wilkie, Wayne Ruediger

Australia
2016
Christchurch,
New Zealand

Shannon McIlroy

Aaron Wilson, Brett Wilkie

Robert Paxton, Andy Knapper,
Jamie Walker

Ali Forsyth, Blake Signal,
Mike Kernaghan, Mike Nagy

New Zealand

* 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

Gladys Doyle

May Cridlan, Elsie McDonald

Kathy Bidwell, Yetta Emanuel,
Sara Sundelowitz

May Cridlan, Kathy Bidwell,
Yetta Emanuel, Sara Sundelowitz
South Africa
1973
Wellington,
New Zealand

Elsie Wilkie

Dot Jenkinson, Lorna Lucas

Cis Winstanley, Noeleen Scott,
Irene Foote

Cis Winstanley, Verna Devlin,
Noeleen Scott, Irene Foote
New Zealand
1977
Worthing,
England

Elsie Wilkie

Helen Wong, Elvie Chok

Enid Morgan, Margaret Pomeroy,
Joan Osborne

Merle Richardson, Lorna Lucas,
Connie Hicks, Dot Jenkinson
Australia
1981
Toronto,
Canada

Norma Shaw

Nan Allely, Eileen Bell

Lena Sadick, Rae O’Donnell,
Linda King

Eileen Fletcher, Gloria Thomas, Mavis Steele
Betty Stubbings, Irene Molyneux*
England
1985
Melbourne,
Australia

Merle Richardson

Merle Richardson, Fay Craig

Mavis Meadowcroft, Norma Massey,
Dorothy Roche

Frances Whyte, Annette Evans,
Elizabeth Christie, Sarah Gourlay
Australia
1988
Auckland,
New Zealand

Janet Ackland

Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan

Dorothy Roche, Marion Stevens,
Greeta Fahey

Dorothy Roche, Norma Wainwright,
Marion Stevens, Greeta Fahey
England
1992
Ayr,
Scotland

Margaret Johnston

Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan

Frances Whyte, Janet Maxwell,
Joyce Lindores

Senga McCrone, Frances Whyte,
Janet Maxwell, Joyce Lindores
Scotland
1996
Leamington Spa,
England

Carmen Anderson

Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan

Hester Bekker, Barbara Redshaw,
Jannie de Beer

Daphne Shaw, Margaret Sumner,
Marilyn Peddell, Gordana Baric
South Africa
2000
Moama,
Australia

Margaret Johnston

Joyce Lindores, Margaret Letham

Anne Lomas, Sharon Sims,
Patsy Jorgensen

Anne Lomas, Patsy Jorgensen,
Jan Khan, Sharon Sims
England
2004
Leamington Spa,
England

Margaret Johnston

Jo Edwards, Sharon Sims

Loraine Victor, Jill Hackland,
Trish Steyn

Amy Monkhouse Jean Baker,
Ellen Falkner, Jayne Christie
England
2008
Christchurch,
New Zealand

Val Smith

Jo Edwards, Val Smith

Lorna Trigwell, Loraine Victor,
Sylvia Burns

Karen Murphy, Claire Duke,
Julie Keegan, Lynsey Clarke
Australia
2012
Adelaide,
Australia

Karen Murphy

Rebecca Van Asch, Kelsey Cottrell

Karen Murphy, Lynsey Clarke,
Natasha Scott

Margaret Letham, Caroline Brown,
Lynn Stein, Michelle Cooper
Australia
2016
Christchurch,
New Zealand

Karen Murphy

Jess Sims, Laura Daniels

Rebecca Van Asch, Natasha Scott,
Carla Krizanic

Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch,
Carla Krizanic, Kelsey Cottrell
Australia

* 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 2311310334451929
 New Zealand 2223211322211021
 Scotland -341513-1131619
 England 5-222111--24718
 South Africa 111115-1412813
 Ireland 1112-534---712
 Wales 1--1-2111--35
 Hong Kong -1-1-2-11--24
 USA -11--2------2
 Malaysia 1----1------1
 Canada -1---1------1
 Israel ---1-1------1
 Papua New Guinea ------1----11
 Norfolk Island ------1----11

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.
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