The potential for women to be committee members at a club, zone and state levels and the introduction of more mixed-gender competitions are just two of the changes in effect thanks to the impending constitution change by Bowls NSW.
The Bowls NSW Board of Directors announced the shift is set to come into effect on October, 1 2019 with all member clubs expected to change their constitution accordingly.
Bowls NSW has stated that “the requirement to be male in gender to register with Bowls NSW under the Bowls NSW Constitution and Regulations will be removed.” This allows any member clubs and affiliated sub-clubs to register a person of any gender as Member or registered player and will be able to compete in Association events.
Response on social media to the change has been largely positive with only a third of bowlers wary about how it could affect the game.
With an AGM only weeks away one of the main criticisms is that neither bowlers nor individual clubs were consulted on the matter.
But the overwhelming majority have received this news with much joy. Many have commented thanking Bowls NSW with one woman saying,
“This is the most awesome news ever!! I can play again without travelling to another town!! Best ever move Bowls NSW.. This will mean so much to small clubs.”
The Happy Bowler, a Newcastle local said, “I’m all for it.”
So what’s changed and what has stayed the same? We’ve made it easy for you with a quick list but if you want more details, click here for the Bowls NSW full announcement on mixed-gender comps. Some questions still hang over how this will affect the NSW Women’s Bowls Association but both them and Bowls NSW seem to be cooperating in this announcement.
What stays the same?