BWD bowlers flocking to the Gold Coast

by admin on April 14, 2015

This year’s Australian Open will bring together the best of the best athletes with a disability to compete for supremacy at Australia’s most prestigious event. 

Current World Champions and Commonwealth Games medallist will be among the competitors fighting it out over four disciplines including the remarkable vision impaired bowlers. 

$18,000 is up for grabs in the eight BWD singles categories for men and women, BWD Pairs and the Vision Impaired Mixed Pairs. 

The BDW events will take place during the last three days of the Australian Open with bowlers coming from all over the country to compete for their slice of the prize pool and to edge their names into the history books. 

During the 3 days of competition spectators will be in awe of the high level of competition and will get to watch the likes of current B6 World Champion Anthony Bonnell, B7 Singles Silver Medallist Barry Charity and current Commonwealth Games Vision Impaired Mixed Pairs Bronze Medallist Joy Forster in action.

Australia has a very talented group of Bowlers with a Disability who recently won 8 medals whilst representing Australia at the World Championships in New Zealand including four gold, two silver and two bronze medals. 

There is still time to enter the Australian Open with the closing date being extended until April 24 due to a significant quantity of entries coming in during the final weeks. 

Event draws will be made public in the weeks following the new close of entry date of April 24 and will be emailed to all registered participants in addition to being placed on

Event organisers advise that participant’s travel plans should be based around the schedule of play, which can be located here, as it is not expected to undergo dramatic changes to accommodate the final draw size.

Details of an Australian Open specific bus shuttle service from Broadbeach Bowls Club, the event’s a central hub and finals venue, will also be released prior to participants descending on the Gold Coast.

Bowlers that are looking to find a team to compete with, or even just an extra player to fill a hole in an already established team, should contact Bowls Australia’s Event Coordinator Jakub Syslo at to be placed in a match making service that facilitates the contact between parties searching for teams or players.

Make sure you get to the Australian Open to catch of glimpse of Australia’s best Bowlers with a Disability when they go head to head from June 23-25 at Broadbeach Bowling Club.