COUNCILLORS were bowled over by their luck when they were invited to try their hand at bowls on the Victoria Park green in Leamington ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Under the expert tutelage of Jane Wigman from Leamington Bowls Club, the councillors from Warwick District Council (WDC) were given an introductory session to lawn bowls – ahead of the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls events being held on the Victoria Park greens later this month.
WDC Leader Andrew Day said: “I very much hope that one of the lasting legacies of hosting the Commonwealth Games is for more of our community to take up bowls. It’s probably one of the most accessible sports for all ages and abilities and totally addictive…I would thoroughly recommend it”.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Sport, Nigel Huddleston, visited Victoria Park on Thursday evening (July 7) to carry out the official draw for seven of the 11 medal events that make up the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls competition at Birmingham 2022.
The seedings for the competition are done based on the results from Gold Coast 2018 with any new teams that did not compete four years ago being added to the different sections through the draw process.
The draw was carried out for the women’s singles, the men’s singles, the men’s pairs, the women’s triples, the men’s fours, the Para men’s pairs and the Para women’s pairs.
Mr Huddleston said: “Lawn bowls will be one of the hottest tickets for British fans at Birmingham 2022 with home nation teams drawn together across the medal events.
“Victoria Park is a stunning setting for the lawn bowls and Para lawn bowls and it’s great to see how investment from the Commonwealth Games will leave a real legacy for this venue and the local community”.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls competitions will take place at the Victoria Park Bowling Greens from Friday July 29 to Saturday August 6. Further information can be found on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games website.