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Spring meeting Highlights

The Spring Meeting is history.  The financials were reviewed, the votes were cast and the reports were received.  check the highlights here.

Spring meeting

Hall of Fame Reception

The inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Evening was a huge success thanks to Ian Howard and his Committee.  

Hall of Fame

Revised Conditions of Play

Do you know when you can visit the head in a Provincial Playdown or Championship?  Make sure you read the Conditions of Play.

Conditions of Play

Commonwealth Games 

Our Team Did us Proud on the Gold Coast!

Commonwealth Games

Short Mat World Championships:

Reflections on Our Team's Trip to Sweden by Theresa Kennedy


Bowls Canada Survey of Priorities

Follow the link to complete a short survey and help BCB prioritize its efforts to assist your club. 


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Spring General meeting Highlights

April 21, 2018
Holiday Inn, Oakville Ontario

  • General Meeting Vote

    The proposal to have one general meeting in the spring was approved by a large majority of voting delegates. It was noted that the District Chairs' forums held throughout the year were providing good two way comunication and that additional meetings could be held, if necessary, as provided in the by-laws.  It was also noted that 2 day meetings were not being proposed but the change would give us the opportunity to hold extended workshops on such topics as umpiring, membership etc.

  • Policy Development

    Ken Simpson set out how lawn bowling was in many ways recognized as a sport by national and provincial authorities through our efforts to develop and improve our programs and policies at all levels from BCB to individual clubs. Ken noted that the association has added many new policy statements to those previously listed on our website and urged clubs to consider these when they developed their own programs. 
    Editors Note:  It should be noted that the OLBA policies apply to all OLBA activities including District Playdowns and Provincials and some of the reporting requirements included in these would not apply to clubs who adopt these policy statements. (for example, see the Screening procedures).
  • BCB Initiatives

    Anna Mees provided a detailed look at how the Commonwealth Games gave bowls a big boost in exposure throughout the country and how we can work together to build on that exposure through our joint efforts.  In this respect all clubs are urged to participate in Bowls Day Activities on June 2. (see link in this email for further details.)

    Anna also explained how BCB is funded and clarified that The National Team is not funded through our membership fees which are directed to the support of bowling programs in Canada.
  • Bill Boettger Award

    Phillip Francis presented the Bill Boettger Volunter of the Year Award to Muskoka's Sally Mills for her continued efforts on the start up of the club.

  • Awards were also provided to clubs for the growth in their respective clubs as listed in this years annual. The OLBA is greatful for the continued support provided by Brenda ad Dan Milligan of MVP Sports.  

Hall Of Fame Awards Ceremony

Inaugural Awards Evening
April 20th, 2018

The awards celebrated the inclusion of fourteen outstanding athletes in both the player and legacy player categories into the OLBA Hall of Fame Class of 2018. These players reflect excellence of play provincially, nationally and internationally on behalf of the Province of Ontario as well as their contributions as builders of our sport.

Several of our inductees have enjoyed podium success at both the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Two of our inductees, Ryan Bester (32) and Kelly McKerihen (31) lead a star-studded line up. and represented Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia this April. Lawn Bowls has been a core sport of the Commonwealth Games ever since 1930 when what was known as The 1st British Empire Games took place in Hamilton Ontario.


From Your Directors:

Greens Workshops

Additional Workshop Added:

Smiths Falls lawn bowling Club
May 17th from 10;00am to 2;00 pm

Contact David Jeffries (613) 623- 4579
Jan Bauer (705) 432- 3074 or
Charles Roach (905) 336-0410


Three other workshops have been plannned for the coming year  

April 14  @ Burlington Lawn Bowling Club
April 15 @ Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club; and
June 2 @ Campbellford LBC

 All coarses are from from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Take advantage of these well received workshops  to help your club provide its members with the best greens posible

The workshops include:

  • Presentation and discussion about fertilizer and seeds with James Huffelman;
  • A hands on demonstration of equipment: and
  • Question and answer time

The events are Brown bag lunch. Tea and coffee will be served.

To Register contact:

Charles Roach (905) 336-0410 or
Andy Caldwell (705) 722-3629

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 

Coaching Clinic

A Detect and Correct Coaches clinic is being offered on May 12 at the Lindsay LBC.  Check out the poster for more details


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.  There are a number of them starting in May


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.


Provincial Fours are Open for Entries

There are no District Playdowns for the Fours this year. All Entries are Direct to the Provincials  Click here for the details and the entry form. 

Provincial Fours Details                              Entry Form


Commonwealth Games

BCB News release:

Best Ever Commonwealth Games for Canadian Lawn Bowls Team

April 13, 2018 | 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

With five fourth place finishes and one silver medal, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games represent a best ever showing for Canadian bowlers. 

Ryan Bester Wins Silver in Men’s Singles
Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON) had his work cut out for him facing home crowd favourite Aaron Wilson of Australia. Not only had Aaron Wilson been based at the Broadbeach Bowls Club for the last few months, but in their last three meetings in competition play, Wilson had come out the victor. 

Earlier in the day, Bester dispatched Scotland’s Darren Burnett in the semi-final. These two met in the 2014 Commonwealth Games Singles final where Burnett claimed gold, and this grudge match was anything but boring. Bester got off to an early 10-4 lead, but the Scot was not concerned and grabbed several deuces to fight to at 13-13 tie. Burnett looked like he was going to finish the game by getting within 2 points of the 21-point finish line, but Bester had other plans. Down 19-17, the Canadian scored three ends in a row to win the semifinal 21-19 and advanced to the gold medal game.

Early in the gold medal game against Wilson, it looked Bester would be able to ride the momentum from his thrilling semi-final victory as he got off to a strong 7-4 start.  However, the momentum swung dramatically when Wilson made a fantastic shot by driving a bare jack to the ditch on his first bowl in the 11th end.  Feeding off the home crowd, Wilson would go on to score in multiples for the next three ends to over-take Bester by a six point lead. A few bad bounces for Bester saw the game slide out of his grasp and Wilson claimed the game and the gold medal in a final score of 21-14.

Women’s Pairs Finish Fourth
The women’s pairs team of Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC) and Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON) battled Scotland’s Lesley Doig and Claire Johnston in the bronze medal match. Scotland skip Johnston started the game on fire, putting McKerihen under pressure no matter how the leads played. Scotland got off to a 10-1 start before Canada finally started to crawl back. After fourteen ends, Canada trailed 14-8, but could not complete the comeback against a very tough Scottish pair. The final score was 18-10 for Scotland.

Best Ever Results
Despite winning the one silver medal in Men’s Singles, this has proven to be the most successful Games ever for Canadian bowls. Reaching the semi-final in 6 out of 8 events, there is a level of depth and consistency that has never been seen before in Canada.  In addition to the Women’s Pairs fourth place finish, Canada saw top results in McKerihen’s fourth in Women’s singles;  a fourth in Women’s Fours where Chinery skipped Pricilla Westlake (Delta, BC), Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB), and Jackie Foster (Bridgetown, NS); another fourth in Women’s Triples by Westlake, Cooper and Foster; and a fourth in Men’s Triples by Cameron Lefresne (Enfield, NS), Greg Wilson (Calgary, AB) and Chris Stadnyk (Niagara Falls, ON).

When asked about what difference New Zealand native Terry Scott has made to Canada’s coaching ranks, Ryan Bester had this to say: “Terry’s been brilliant. He’s added a lot of professionalism to the team and he’s been really good for us”.  Scott joined the program just over a year ago. At the same time, Canadian Darryl Fitzgerald made the transition from athlete to coach and he has worked closely with Scott to prepare this team for the Gold Coast.  Manager Jean Roney rounded out the support staff on the Gold Coast.

Ryan Bester
Silver Medal
Men's Singles

Kelly McKerihen
Women's Singles

Ryan Bester &
Ryan Stadny
Men's Pairs


Kelly McKerihen &
Leanne Chinery
Women's Pairs



Pricilla Westlake,
Joanna Cooper &
Jackie Foster
Women's Triples

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Cameron Lefresne,
Greg Wilson &
Chris Stadnyk
Men's Triples


Leanne Chinery,
Pricilla Westlake,
Joanna Cooper &
Jackie Foster
Women's Fours



Cameron Lefresne,
Greg Wilson ,
Chris Stadnyk &
Ryan Stadnyk
Men's Fours


Cobourg Civic Awards Presentation

as reorted by Bill Arthur Vice President Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club on Facebook

The Town of Cobourg presented their Civic Awards. Three of our own members won awards. Sharyl Ann Milligan was awarded the Distinguished Athletic Award, Ben van Steijn also won a Distinguished Athletic Award for lawn bowling/curling achievements.

Baylee van Steijn won Layton Dodge Athlete of the Year Award 2017.

These were presented at Victoria Hall.

Distinguished Athletic Award Sportsmanship: The requirements for this award are presented to a coach, official or sports organizer who has shown outstanding leadership in contribution to Cobourg’s sports and recreational community.

The letter of nomination from the Club was as follows:
To whom it may concern.

This letter is in support of the nomination of Sharyl Ann Milligan for a civic award and relates to the work she does for the Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club.

Sharyl Ann enjoyed much personal success as a lawn bowler in her younger days and for many years now has been active as the junior coach at the Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club to give something back to the community and the sport of Lawn Bowling. She is also a member of the club’s Executive Committee and is a past President of the club.

In July and August of every year, she organizes twice-weekly sessions for junior bowlers. She teaches new juniors about the sport and coaches the more experienced juniors. On average she has about 20 juniors aged between 8 and 18 whom she coaches with assistance from other club members.

Additionally, Sharyl Ann organizes classes for students from CCI as part of their Physical Education. She goes into school initially to give theoretical instruction on Lawn Bowling and follows this up with practical instruction at the Cobourg club. She has been running these sessions for at least the last six years to my knowledge.

In addition to the normal junior lawn bowling sessions, Sharyl Ann organizes two open junior tournaments at the club each year, and these attract junior lawn bowlers from across the District and provide the experience of competitive bowling for the club’s juniors.

Sharyl Ann has devoted many hours of her own time in coaching the club juniors, and that has led to great achievements for her two most successful, bowlers the van Steijn siblings. Sharyl Ann has been a coach and mentored to both Ben and Baylee, and her encouragement and advice have helped Ben to win the gold medal at the Ontario junior championships. Baylee was a silver medal winner at the Canadian national championships this year and has also been selected as a member of Team Canada Development Squad. Sharyl Ann, at her own expense, has travelled the country supporting and coaching Ben and Baylee and has always been at their side in major competitions and has been one of the factors behind their success.

This work, together with other community activities, make her deserving of a civic award.

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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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