World Indoor Bowls Championships

World Indoor Bowls Championships
Sport Bowls
Founded 1979
Continent International (Professional Bowls Association / World Bowls Tour)
Most recent
champion(s)
2018 Open Singles
Mark Dawes
2018 Women's Singles
Katherine Rednall
2018 Open Pairs
Mark Dawes &
Jamie Chestney
2018 Mixed Pairs
Jamie Chestney &
Lesley Doig.
TV partner(s) BBC Two[1] (UK (Final))

The World Indoor Bowls Championship was first held in 1979 at Coatbridge in Scotland for men's singles only. The event was sponsored by Embassy in the early years and grew in stature. In 1988 the venue changed to Alexandra Palace and one year later Churchill Insurance took over the sponsorship when the championships were held at Preston Guild Hall. The Midland Bank and SAGA were two more sponsors during the Preston era. In 1999 Potters Holidays came in to take over the sponsorship and the event moved to Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, where it is still held today. The BBC also show live coverage of the championships during the last week which includes all four competition finals.

The men's pairs started in 1986, the women's singles in 1988 and the mixed pairs in 2004.[2] Both the men's singles and men's pairs changed to open singles and open pairs following the rule change which allowed women to compete in them.

World Indoor Men's/Open Singles Champions

Alex Marshall from Scotland has won the event a record six times. Fellow Scot Paul Foster is one wins behind with five successes.

Wins by individual

Name Titles Runners up Winning Years
Alex Marshall 6 1 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2015
Paul Foster 5 1 1998, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2017
Richard Corsie 3 4 1989, 1991, 1993
Andy Thomson 3 2 1994, 1995, 2012
David Bryant 3 1 1979, 1980, 1981
Tony Allcock 3 - 1986, 1987, 2002
Hugh Duff 2 1 1988, 1997
John Price 1 3 1990
Mervyn King 1 3 2006
Ian Schuback 1 2 1992
Greg Harlow 1 2 2010
Jim Baker 1 1 1984
David Gourlay 1 1 1996
Robert Weale 1 1 2000
Stewart Anderson 1 1 2013
John Watson 1 - 1982
Bob Sutherland 1 - 1983
Terry Sullivan 1 - 1985
Billy Jackson 1 - 2009
Darren Burnett 1 - 2014
Nick Brett 1 - 2016

Performance by country

Country Winning Players Titles Runners up
Scotland 9 21 11
England 8 14 13
Wales 3 3 7
Australia 1 1 3
Northern Ireland 1 1 2
Hong Kong - - 1
Israel - - 1
New Zealand - - 1
Canada - - 1
Total 22 40 40

World Indoor Women's Singles Champions

World Indoor Men's/Open Pairs Champions

The Men's Pairs now Open Pairs allows women to compete, this is not to be confused with the Mixed Pairs. It was a men's only competition until 2012.

World Indoor Mixed Pairs Champions

Players with over 5 titles

Nation Name Open singles Women's singles Open Pairs Mixed Pairs Total
 ScotlandAlex Marshall 6N/A5213
 ScotlandPaul Foster 5N/A4211
 EnglandTony Allcock 3N/A8-11
 EnglandDavid Bryant 3N/A6-9
 Scotland /  AustraliaDavid Gourlay 1N/A337
 EnglandAndy Thomson 3N/A3-6
 EnglandCarol Ashby -3-36
 ScotlandRichard Corsie 3N/A2-5

References

  1. "Tennis, football and bowls: Must-not-miss on the BBC." BBC. Retrieved on 26 January 2014. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/17151954
  2. Newby, Donald (1989). Bowls Year Book 89. the Daily Telegraph. ISBN 0-330-31093-3.
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