Asia Pacific Games Results

Canada has qualified in all 8 disciplines for the World Bowls Championships, played in 6 knockout playdowns and has received the following four medals.

Men's Singles - Silver - Ryan Bester

Men's Pairs - Bronze - Ryan Bester and Robbie Law

Men's Fours - Bronze - Cameron Lefresne, Greg Wilson, Pat Bird, Rob Law

Women's Triples - Bronze - Leanne Chinery, Jordan Kos, Jackie Foster

Congratulations to all of our Athletes and Coaches for their achievement



Ontario Singles Championships

Singles Championships​Agincourt LBC, June 22 & 23, 2019

Top five men and top five women advance to National Championship held at Heritage LBC – Ontario from August 26 to 30,2019.

Men - Gold Medal - Vince Donohoe

Men - Silver Medal - Jake Schuknecht

Men - Bronze Medal - Mike Wagner

Men - Fourth Place - Dave Defoe

Men - Fifth Place - Gary Butineau

Women - Gold Medal - Laura Seed

Women - Silver Medal - Elizabeth Cormack

Women - Bronze Medal - Cindy Higgins​

Women - Fourth - Cathy Larking

Women - Fifth Place - Elaine MacSween

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Ontario Fours​ Championships

Oshawa LBC

June 7, 8 & 9, 2019

Gold and Silver advance to National Championships to be held at Burlington LBC - Ontario from August 20 to 25, 2019.

Women - Gold Medal: Elizabeth Cormack, Chrystal Shephard, Gloria Cheung, Helena Ho​

Women - Silver Medal: Joan Way, Teresa Bucknall, Trisha Bucknall, Theresa Kennedy​

Women - Bronze Medal: Barbara Eaton, Patricia Kaufmann, Shirley Walker, Robin O'Toole

Men - Gold Medal: Derek McKie, Lyall Mix, Jim Smith, Everett Zwiers

Men - Silver Medal: Steve McKerihen, David Anderson, John Bezear, Fred Wallbank

Men - Bronze Medal: Darryl Fitzgerald, Lucas Caldwell, Jack Fowler, Owen Kirby

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New! OLBA Member Clubs' Tournament Results Blog. See what has happened at tournaments across Ontario.
Submit your OLBA club's tournament results to the blog.


Bowls Business Workshop from Bowls Canada

Woodstock LBC - Saturday July 6 at 9am

Learn proper business practics to run your club and deal with governance issues.


Learn to Bowl Resources


New this year, BCB has produced a “Learn to Bowl” kit that features equipment and resources for clubs to use when initiating new people to the sport of bowls.

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Retailing at $390 to affiliated members (includes shipping anywhere in Canada), this kit was designed to assist club members, and coaches in particular, when introducing bowls to someone who has never played before. The basic kit includes:

  • Leader Guide
  • Activity Resource Binder
  • Beginner Bowls Poster
  • Target Mat
  • Flat rings (set of 12)
  • Participant Wristbands (30)
  • Duffle Bag

And also has additional items available for purchase to add to the kit if desired:

  • Coloured cones (set of 50) – $25 if purchased with a kit/$30 sold separately
  • Foam Frisbees (set of 4) – $65 if purchased with a kit/$75 sold separately

While the equipment is incredibly useful, it is the Leader Guide and Activity Cards that really make this kit jump to life. For many clubs, when someone new wants to try bowls, it’s typically an experienced member who shows them the ropes. While it should be a trained Club Coach who shows new bowlers the ropes, not every club has one to do this. Regardless, many new bowlers are not exposed to bowls in the most developmentally appropriate method.

When someone new wants to try bowls, do you spend hours talking about rules? Do you give them a bowl and have them roll to a jack that’s 100 feet away? Do you spend a lot of time discussing the finer points of the game? The Leader Guide details a better way to introduce someone to bowls.

Research shows that when trying something new, the more success you have with it, the more likely you are to stay with it. This makes sense to most of us. Yet when we introduce someone to bowls, we have them roll to a jack that’s 100 feet away. The vast majority either roll their bowl in the ditch, or end up 50 feet short; not exactly a success. Many of the Activity Cards feature games that are designed for success. As an example, one of the activities, called “Hoops”, suggests that players use tennis balls and jacks to try and roll into a large flat ring that is much less than 100 feet away. By starting off with a larger target and a shorter distance, players can experience success before progressing to more difficult challenges (such as aiming for a smaller target at a further distance). By allowing participants to experience success right off the get go, there is a much higher chance that these participants will stick with the sport and come back again.

Curious to find out more? The Leader Guide offers much more detail on how to modify your games and activities to encourage retention. Email to find out more!



Insights from Coach Darryl Fitzgerald on Developing your Mental Bowls Game


BCB’s interview with Darryl Fitzgerald from 2016Darryl F.
Bowls Canada was given the opportunity to sit down with Darryl Fitzgerald, Head Coach at Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club and coach of Bowls Canada’s Development squad to explore his views on coaching the game of Bowls and some of the tools he uses. The Head Coach position is not Darryl Fitzgerald’s only role in bowls. He is an active club bowler himself, a member of the club’s board of directors, and a member of the Canadian High Performance Team. Additionally, Fitzgerald is an avid blogger and his blog “A Canadian Bowler” is widely read across Canada and internationally.

Bowling since the age of 16, Fitzgerald is a firm believer in the value of a strong mental state as an essential tool for athletes. BCB chatted with Coach Fitzgerald shared some of his insights surrounding the idea of the mental state of a player, how it can affect a player’s game, as well as his perspective on leadership within the game of Bowls.

BCB: I understand that you took a leadership course at Wilfred Laurier University. How did that experience apply to your coaching?

DF: While the specifics of some of the modules within the course may be geared towards a specific industry or group, the overall concepts and methods are universal in both business and sport. It’s a lot about how you treat people, motivate people and engage them to be the best they can and the most productive they can. This has gone a long way in how I lead my teams and also how I run my coaching programs. You can never get enough good leadership.

BCB: Leadership is a consistent theme in your blog “A Canadian Bowler”. Many of the leadership steps that you mention refer to developing a strong ‘mental state’. What do you mean by this and just how important is mental state for a player?

DF: Bowls is a game heavily reliant on mental skills. I often say that the game is in the region of 80% mental and 20% physical. You can be the best technician in the world, but if you aren’t mentally prepared to play the game you’ll be at a huge disadvantage. Emotional highs and lows, bad results and pressure can really crush you mentally and take you away from being in the game. Focus, concentration, decision making, strategy and tactics are all mental skills that rely on you being in a good mental state.

BCB: In reference to mental state, can you explain how you would describe the mental skill evaluation?

DF: Mental skill evaluation is something that can be done for a player to see what mental skills they possess, what they lack and what can or needs to be worked on. It’s simply a listing of skills I think are important to the game, in being successful and things that a coach and player should be aware of if they want to excel. It’s just like working on your technical skills and figuring out where you need some work – grip, stay low, follow-through, etc. I look for ways to improve the mental game and add then add that to the training.

As an example: take a skip of a competitive team who has had 50/50 success on the big stage – after looking at their technical skills, you might find they have only small improvements needed to roll great bowls, but looking at their mental skills via a mental skill assessment you may find they have extremely negative body language in response to their own or a team mate’s mistakes. You might also see that they struggle to cope under pressure which then negatively impacts their technical ability. This creates a vicious cycle where they unknowingly continue to negatively impact their team’s performance through their body language, they are unable to make the shots needed, and ultimately fail to perform as the pressure mounts. So without even realizing it, their mental state has impacted personal and team performance.

Once you have identified this, it is possible to build specific training scenarios to allow the player to practice under pressure and to work on their body language.

It’s always good to do both a technical skill evaluation and a mental skill evaluation when you want to see where you stand as a player and a coach.

BCB: Do you plan on taking any leadership courses through the National Coach’s Certification Program? More specifically, through the multi-sport modules on the pathway towards competition coach or performance coach training?

DF: Yes, I have been scoping out the courses offered and looking to start filling in all the gaps required to complete my current level and beyond. While my coaching and competitive schedule over the summer prevents me from jumping on courses immediately, I am excited to start taking these once season is starting to wind up and over the winter.


Ontario Pairs Championship

SPECIAL NOTE:Due to the extremely wet spring, Tilbury Lawn Bowling Club is unable to host the Women’s Pairs. Dresden LBC will host both the Men’s and the Women’s events. We will need co-operation from all players to get this event in on time. Opening Ceremonies will start Saturday morning at 8 AM.Games will run on a continuous basis throughout the day.




New Horizons and Senior Community Program Grant Applicants


Thank you to all clubs who applied for New Horizons Grants and Ontario Senior Community Program Grants

These are the groups that we know applied for New Horizons Grants this year. If your club applied but not is on the list, let us know so that we can track your results. The OLBA has applied for it’s own grant as well.

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Balmy Beach





Cosburn Park

Deep River


Elora Rocks





Highland Park

James Gardens

Kew Beach


Lawrence Park




Niagara Falls

Owen Sound


Richmond Hill




St. Catherines

St. George

West Lorne





Seniors Community Program Grant Applicants


Let us know if your club applied but is not on this list.


Stream #1 up to $4000


Balmy Beach






James Gardens



Stream #2 – up to $20,000



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