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Bowls In Focus : June July 2011
6 Bowls In Focus Unified And Coming Together The jigsaw across the state of Victoria that has been emerging as the new picture of Bowls Victoria is beginning to take an identifiable shape, thanks to the wonderful dedication and work of some 40 Transition Commit- tees. Moving from the two incorporated state bodies of the RVBA and VLBA, the one state sporting association for bowls in Victoria is now Bowls Victoria Inc. The previous RVBA (16 Regions and 29 incorporated Bowls/Bowling Associations), along with the previous VLBA (20 Regions and 41 incorporated District Ladies Bowling Associations) will, prior to 1 July 2011, be amalgam- ated and represented by 16 Bowls Regions and 24 Bowls Divisions (a reduction from 72 to 41 incorporated bodies managing bowls). Seven Bowls Regions will operate as ‘stand-alone’ Regions, with no Bowls Divisions established within their boundaries, while the other nine (9) Bowls Regions will include a total of 24 Bowls Divisions within their boundaries. In most cases, the new Bowls Divisions are the amalgamation of the previous RVBA Associations and VLBA District Ladies Bowling Associations. For instance; Bowls Sunraysia Division Inc. is an amalgamation of the former Sunraysia Bowls Association Inc. and the Sunraysia DLBA Inc. The names (subject to later changes perhaps) of the Bowls Regions and Bowls Divisions are included in the following list: The nine Bowls Victoria Regions that comprise twenty-four Divisions are: • Bendigo Bowls Region Bendigo Bowls Division Campaspe Valley Bowls Division • Central Goulburn Murray Bowls Region Central Bowls Division Goulburn Valley Bowls Division Murray Bowls Division • Central Victoria Bowls Region Ballarat Bowls Division Central Highlands Bowls Division Goldfields Bowls Division • Gippsland Bowls Region North Gippsland Bowls Division East Gippsland Bowls Division • Murray Mallee Bowls Region Bowls Sunraysia Division Murray Valley Bowls Division Northern District Bowls Division Tyrrell Bowls Division • Peninsula Casey Bowls Region Flinders Bowls Division Peninsula Bowls Division • Strzlecki Bowls Region South Gippsland Bowls Division West Gippsland Bowls Division • Wimmera Bowls Region Grampians Bowls Division North Wimmera Bowls Division North Central Bowls Division • West Coast Bowls Region Corangamite Bowls Division Far West Bowls Division Western District Bowls Division The seven Bowls Victoria Regions which will be ‘stand alone’ Regions are: • Eastern Ranges Bowls Region • Geelong Bowls Region • Metro West Bowls Region • Northern Gateway Bowls Region • Ovens and Murray Bowls Region • Sandbelt Bowls Region • Yarra Bowls Region Forthcoming Elections Each of the Bowls Regions and Bowls Divisions, having gone through the procedures to incorporate as new entities, will have an Interim Board responsible for organising the election of the first Board and Commit- tees for season 2011-2012. All affiliated bowlers are eligible to stand for the Board or any Committee, and Bowls Victoria urges all bowlers to seriously consider getting involved. Men and women volunteers are vital at all levels of our sport, and those respon- sible as Region and Division Board Members and Committee Members will be entering into a very exciting time for bowls in this state (including our clubs in southern NSW). Bowls Victoria Committees Although incomplete because further Committee Members will be in- cluded after consulting in detail with the incoming Committee Chairs and Depu- ties, Bowls Victoria recently released the names of many involved in the new State Committees, as follows: Bowls Victoria congratulates the new appointments; Awards: Geoff Burt (chair), Ruth Boschma (deputy), Ted Montford. Championship: Barbara Gilbert (chair), Ken Shields (deputy), Helene Stenning, Noelene Gerty, Margaret Sumner, Allan Winnett, Graeme Little. Club Development & Support: Peter Mitchell (chair), Harvie Hele (deputy). Coaching: Arnold O’Brien (chair), Trish Wilde (deputy), David South, John Panter, Leon Cohen, Co-opt: Kathy Tessier (Vic Sport). Constitution: Davydd Griffiths (chair), Michael Walker. Disciplinary: Ken Williams (chair), Bob Aitken (deputy), Graeme Lebransky Event Support: Max Deason (chair), Fay Ruthven, Ian Capp, Les Baker, Fran Reid, Alan Richards. Finance & Audit: Michael Classon (chair), David Bean- land (deputy), Peter Coughlin, Richard Sanzin, Terry Coles. Greens: To Be Confirmed Laws & Rules: Peter Delaney (chair), Julia Bolch, Bill Sheedy, Bob Carlson. Metropolitan Pennant: Bob Middleton (chair), Ian Capp (deputy), Fran Reid, Adam Fitzgerald, John Adams, Barry Padgham. Sponsorship, Marketing & Media: Peter Humphreys (chair), Marilla Rootsey (deputy), Geoff Mathers. State Selection: To Be Confirmed Umpiring: Haydn Williams (chair), Kerry Ralph (deputy), Carolyn McIntyre, Athol Mills, Rosemary Michael, Ken Chapman, Sheila Dillon, Doug Whorlow. Under-18 Development: Doug Kneebone (chair), Fay Ruthven (deputy), Geoff Briggs, John Gregson, Ken Gullick, Glen Baskett, Terry Norris, Geoff Taylor (Development Squads support), Todd Simmons (state coach), Holly Simmons (high performance advisor). Peter Hanlon Lawn Order Lawn OrderLeading The Way Leading The Way Leading The Way
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