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What's ON LINE this month:

Wheelchair Bowls

How can we get from here to there!

The OLBA and its member clubs are committed to being inclusive and accessible. In Ontario there is a very active community of wheelchair users that are not part of our bowling community although many are members of our curling clubs.

Given the opportunity, many wheelchair athletes may also become valued members of our clubs and that may happen once we work out how we can make our clubs fully accessible and provide special chairs where needed. 

The OLBA under the guidance of Ken Simpson is seeking volunteers willing to join a work group to look into strategies we can use to provide wheelchair bowling to these athletes.  If you can get involved, send an email to simpson@OLBA  In the meantime,check out the YouTube video below.

You Tube Video

New Horizons is Taking Grant Applications NOW! Deadline is June 15.

Apply for funding for community-based projects (up to $25,000) under the New Horizons for Seniors Program -

Application process to receive funding for community-based projects (up to $25,000) under the New Horizons for Seniors Program

New Horizons

Revised Conditions of Play

More Minor corrections.  This is the latest version

Conditions of Play

New Bowl Sizes

In recognition that smaller bowls could provide more opportunity for those with smaller hands
or decreased grip ability, World Bowls has  approved bowls with a minimum size of 112 millimetres (size quadruple zero) and 114 millimetres (size triple zero).

Taylor Bowls has advised that these new sizes are going to be made to order initially to gauge market demand before they start putting them into stock. Aero Bowls has indicated they will not be making the small bowls.

News From the Districts and Clubs:

Lindsay Club Greens Renewal Completed

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Rotary Club comes to the aid of the Cobourg LBC. 

Cobourg Rotary Grant


Nepean LBC starts the year off right with District 16's first tournament

Nepean LBC

The Health Benefits of Lawn Bowling

On the theme of positive promotion of the sport, our eastern Clubs have developed a health and wellness promotional piece to help with recruitment and retention of members and are aiming to promote lawn bowls to a wider community. Jan Bauer has printed 750 full colour copies and uploaded the brochure on Facebook. The word file is provided here.  If you are interested, Jan has a pdf version. that you can receive from her directly.

Lawn Bowling Good for You

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From Your Directors:

Provincial Championship Convenors Needed

The OLBA needs Convnors for the following Provincial Championships.

  • Senior Triples In Burlington on July 26 and 27,and
  • Singles in Belleville on June 15,16 and 17.

If you live nearby one of these events and could lend us a hand, please let Tom Roth know.  Tom can be reached at 

NCCP Coaches Clinics

Better coaching leads to better play and better player leads to greater satisfaction AND member retention.  If you want to help your club grow consider attending a Club Coach Clinic.  To check if a clinic is availale near you contact the OLBA through the registration program


2019 National Championships

The Nationals will be hosted by Ontario in 2019 and we are looking for clubs that are interested in hosting them. Here is a great opportunity for your club to:

  • earn extra revenue
  • get terrific exposure, and
  • grow your membership!

Take a look at the information below and contact eith Tom ( or Ralph ( to learn more.


Cobourg LBC and Cobourg Rotary Club work together to renew Club buildings

The Rotary Club of Cobourg announced today that a grant of $10,000 has been made to the Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club. The grant is to help with the construction of a new equipment garage. The club has and continues to hold fundraisers towards the cost of this project, but this grant from the Rotary Club guarantees that the project will start in the Fall of 2018 and the new facility will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

A cheque was presented to the Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club President Carol Dewey on Friday, May 4th by Tom McLean on behalf of Rotary. In presenting the cheque, Tom made reference to the heritage aspects of the clubhouse and the need to keep to heritage standards, something this new building will do. He also made reference to the success of junior bowling in Cobourg.

In thanking Rotary for this grant, Carol emphasized the point that Tom had made about juniors and stressed what an important contribution this is for the Lawn Bowling Club since the current equipment shed is in a poor state of repair.

Vice President Bill Arthur also gave thanks and mentioned that with new equipment being purchased this year through a New Horizons for Seniors Grant the donation from Rotary would ensure that the club will have secure and weatherproof storage facilities for many years to come. Bill also invited Rotary members to visit the club at the Open House on May 19 to try lawn bowls or just to see what the club looks like and see how the grant will benefit the club. He also mentioned the program arranged for CCC seniors members.

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Nepean LBC Tournament

It was a fine May evening at the Nepean Lawn Bowls Club for District 16’s first Ottawa area inter club competition. Nepean along with Almonte, Elmdale, Galetta, Goulbourn, and Highland Park each entered two teams to compete in a friendly set of games to start the season. These teams of triples tried out the two bowl format, with the three 6 end games moving along quickly. Nepean’s carpeted surface provides an early start for lawn bowling and many members from neighbouring clubs have taken advantage of this to get in a bit of early practice. The artificial green was in fine shape, as were the competitors. Following the games players met in the clubhouse for refreshments and a bit of socializing to conclude a fun evening.

Bowls Canada National Bowls Day

June 2nd

National Bowls Day is a country wide celebration of Lawn Bowls on Saturday June 2nd, 2018. This offers clubs a great way to attract new members using  the support offered by Bowls Canada.  Follow the link to the Bowls Day website to register.

Bowls Canada National Bowls Day


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Ontario Lawn Bowling Assoc.

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John Fantin

Edith Pedden


Steve Schuknecht
​Director at Large

Ron Charles
​Director at Large

Ian Howard
​Director at Large

Wayne Harding
​Director at Large


Ken Simpson

Phillip Francis
​Vice President, 

Dave Burrows
​Director at Large

Tom Roth​
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Jason Currie
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