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World Bowls 2023 confirmed for Gold Coast

The World Bowls Championships will be staged on the Gold Coast in 2023, more than three years after it was originally planned to be held.

Controlling body World Bowls (WB), host nation Bowls Australia (BA) and principal partners Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC) have confirmed that the sport’s pinnacle international competition will be played from August 29 - September 10, 2023, some 1179 days after it was first meant to be contested before COVID-19 postponements.

Originally scheduled to start on May 26, 2020, the event first suffered two postponements to its scheduling and was then ultimately cancelled due to travel restrictions impacting the 36-attending nations.

Organisers have undertaken to hold the first staging of a revised competition format in 2023, which will move to a biennial rather than quadrennial staging and do away with all barrier qualifying events to increase global participation, across the three previous planned Gold Coast clubs; BROADBEACH, HELENSVALE and MUSGRAVE.

The host nation’s BCiB Australian Jackaroos will be hoping to better their historic haul of five gold medals from eight disciplines earned from the last time the event was held ‘Down Under’, at the 2012 edition in Adelaide.


The Jackaroos were also the best-performed team at the most recent 2016 event in New Zealand, with four gold, two silver and a bronze from the eight disciplines contested.

BA acknowledges the invaluable support of Tourism and Events Queensland and Major Events Gold Coast in the preparation and delivery of the 2023 World Bowls Championships event.

2023 World Bowls Championships dates:
  • Practice: Saturday, August 26 – Monday, August 28, 2023

  • Week 1: Tuesday, August 29 – Sunday, September 3, 2023

  • Week 2: Tuesday, September 5 – Sunday, September 10, 2023

For full article by AIDAN DAVIS visit the Bowls Australia website

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