World Bowls Championship

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The World Bowls Championship is the premier world bowls competition between national bowls organisations. The premier indoor event is the World Indoor Bowls Championships listed separately and is organised by the World Bowls Tour. [1]

Bowls sport

Bowls or lawn bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a "jack" or "kitty". It is played on a bowling green which may be flat or convex or uneven. It is normally played outdoors and the outdoor surface is either natural grass, artificial turf, or cotula.

The World Indoor Bowls Championship was first held in 1979 at Coatbridge in Scotland for men's singles only. The event was sponsored by Embassy in the early years and grew in stature. In 1988 the venue changed to Alexandra Palace and one year later Churchill Insurance took over the sponsorship when the championships were held at Preston Guild Hall. The Midland Bank and SAGA were two more sponsors during the Preston era. In 1999 Potters Holidays came in to take over the sponsorship and the event moved to Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, where it is still held today. The BBC also show live coverage of the championships during the last week which includes all four competition finals.

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World Outdoor Championships

First held in Australia in 1966, the World Outdoor Bowls Championships for men and women are held every four years. From 2008 the men's and women's events were held together. Qualifying national bowls organisations (usually countries) are represented by a team of five players, who play once as a single and a four, then again as a pair and a triple. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each of the four disciplines, and there is also a trophy for the best overall team the Leonard Trophy for men and the Taylor Trophy for women. [2]

Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland compete as one Irish team.

Men's Titles

YearVenueSingles GoldPairs Gold *Triples Gold *Fours Gold *Team Champion
1966
Sydney,
Australia
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David Bryant
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Geoff Kelly, Bert Palm
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John Dobbie, Athol Johnston,
Don Collins
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Bill O'Neill, Gordon Jolly,
Ron Buchan, Norm Lash
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Australia
1972
Worthing,
England
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Maldwyn Evans
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Eric Liddell, Saco Delgado
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Dick Folkins, Clive Forrester,
Bill Miller
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Peter Line, Ted Hayward
Cliff Stroud, Norman King
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Scotland
1976
Johannesburg,
South Africa
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Doug Watson
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Bill Moseley, Doug Watson
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Kevin Campbell, Nando Gatti,
Kelvin Lightfoot
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Kevin Campbell, Bill Moseley,
Nando Gatti, Kelvin Lightfoot
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South Africa
1980
Melbourne,
Australia
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David Bryant
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Peter Rheuben, Alf Sandercock
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David Bryant, Tony Allcock,
Jimmy Hobday
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Omar Dallah, Eric Liddell,
George Souza, Philip Chok
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England
1984
Aberdeen,
Scotland
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Peter Belliss
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Skippy Arculli, Jim Candelet,
George Adrain *
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Jim Baker, Sammy Allen,
Stan Espie
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Tony Allcock, John Bell
Julian Haines, George Turley
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Scotland
1988
Auckland,
New Zealand
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David Bryant
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Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey
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Phil Skoglund, Morgan Moffat,
Ian Dickison
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Jim Baker, Sammy Allen,
John McCloughlin, Rodney McCutcheon
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England
1992
Worthing,
England
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Tony Allcock
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Alex Marshall, Richard Corsie
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Cecil Bransky, Lawrence Mendelsohn,
Leon Bluhm
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Angus Blair, Willie Wood,
Alex Marshall, Graham Robertson
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Scotland
1996
Adelaide,
Australia
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Tony Allcock
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Sammy Allen, Jeremy Henry
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George Adrain, Willie Wood,
Kenny Logan
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John Bell, Andy Thomson,
David Cutler, Brett Morley
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Scotland
2000
Johannesburg,
South Africa
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Jeremy Henry
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Alex Marshall, George Sneddon
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Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey,
Andrew Curtain
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Will Thomas, Robert Weale,
Stephen Rees, Mark Williams
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Australia
2004
Ayr,
Scotland
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Steve Glasson
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Ryan Bester, Keith Roney
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David Peacock, Willie Wood,
Jim McIntyre
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Jim Baker, Neil Booth,
Noel Graham, Jonathan Ross
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Scotland
2008
Christchurch,
New Zealand
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Safuan Said
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Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer
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David Peacock, Willie Wood,
Wayne Hogg
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Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer,
Richard Girvan, Andrew Todd
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New Zealand
2012
Adelaide,
Australia
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Leif Selby
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Alex Marshall, Paul Foster
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Graeme Archer, Darren Burnett,
David Peacock
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Aron Sherriff, Mark Casey,
Brett Wilkie, Wayne Ruediger
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Australia
2016
Christchurch,
New Zealand
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Shannon McIlroy
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Aaron Wilson, Brett Wilkie
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Robert Paxton, Andy Knapper,
Jamie Walker
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Ali Forsyth, Blake Signal,
Mike Kernaghan, Mike Nagy
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New Zealand

* Jim Candelet was taken ill during the pool stages and had to withdraw from the championships. As the USA did not have an available substitute the organisers allowed George Adrain, a reserve with the Scottish team, to take his place for the rest of the tournament.

James Candelet is a former United States international lawn bowler.

George Adrain is a former Scottish international lawn bowler, born on 12 April 1953.

Women's Titles

YearVenueSingles GoldPairs GoldTriples GoldFours GoldTeam Champion
1969
Sydney,
Australia
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Gladys Doyle
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May Cridlan, Elsie McDonald
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Kathy Bidwell, Yetta Emanuel,
Sara Sundelowitz
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May Cridlan, Kathy Bidwell,
Yetta Emanuel, Sara Sundelowitz
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1973
Wellington,
New Zealand
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Elsie Wilkie
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Dot Jenkinson, Lorna Lucas
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Cis Winstanley, Noeleen Scott,
Irene Foote
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Cis Winstanley, Verna Devlin,
Noeleen Scott, Irene Foote
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1977
Worthing,
England
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Elsie Wilkie
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Helen Wong, Elvie Chok
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Enid Morgan, Margaret Pomeroy,
Joan Osborne
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Merle Richardson, Lorna Lucas,
Connie Hicks, Dot Jenkinson
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1981
Toronto,
Canada
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Norma Shaw
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Nan Allely, Eileen Bell
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Lena Sadick, Rae O’Donnell,
Linda King
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Eileen Fletcher, Gloria Thomas, Mavis Steele
Betty Stubbings, Irene Molyneux *
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1985
Melbourne,
Australia
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Merle Richardson
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Merle Richardson, Fay Craig
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Mavis Meadowcroft, Norma Massey,
Dorothy Roche
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Frances Whyte, Annette Evans,
Elizabeth Christie, Sarah Gourlay
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1988
Auckland,
New Zealand
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Janet Ackland
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Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan
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Dorothy Roche, Marion Stevens,
Greeta Fahey
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Dorothy Roche, Norma Wainwright,
Marion Stevens, Greeta Fahey
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1992
Ayr,
Scotland
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Margaret Johnston
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Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan
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Frances Whyte, Janice Maxwell,
Joyce Lindores
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Senga McCrone, Frances Whyte,
Janice Maxwell, Joyce Lindores
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1996
Leamington Spa,
England
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Carmen Anderson
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Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan
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Hester Bekker, Barbara Redshaw,
Jannie de Beer
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Daphne Shaw, Margaret Sumner,
Marilyn Peddell, Gordana Baric
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2000
Moama,
Australia
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Margaret Johnston
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Joyce Lindores, Margaret Letham
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Anne Lomas, Sharon Sims,
Patsy Jorgensen
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Anne Lomas, Patsy Jorgensen,
Jan Khan, Sharon Sims
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2004
Leamington Spa,
England
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Margaret Johnston
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Jo Edwards, Sharon Sims
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Loraine Victor, Jill Hackland,
Trish Steyn
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Amy Monkhouse Jean Baker,
Ellen Falkner, Jayne Christie
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2008
Christchurch,
New Zealand
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Val Smith
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Jo Edwards, Val Smith
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Lorna Trigwell, Loraine Victor,
Sylvia Burns
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Karen Murphy, Claire Duke,
Julie Keegan, Lynsey Clarke
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2012
Adelaide,
Australia
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Karen Murphy
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Rebecca Van Asch, Kelsey Cottrell
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Karen Murphy, Lynsey Clarke,
Natasha Scott
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Margaret Letham, Caroline Brown,
Lynn Stein, Michelle Cooper
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2016
Christchurch,
New Zealand
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Karen Murphy
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Jess Sims, Laura Daniels
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Rebecca Van Asch, Natasha Scott,
Carla Krizanic
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Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch,
Carla Krizanic, Kelsey Cottrell
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* Irene Molyneux played in the 1981 Fours & Pairs as an injury replacement helping England to the Fours Gold medal.

Summary

NationMenWomenTotal
SinglesPairsTriplesFoursTeamTotalSinglesPairsTriplesFoursTeamTotal
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2311310334451929
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2223211322211021
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland -341513-1131619
Flag of England.svg  England 5-222111--24718
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 111115-1412813
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 1112-534---712
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1--1-2111--35
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong -1-1-2-11--24
Flag of the United States.svg  USA -11--2------2
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 1----1------1
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada -1---1------1
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel ---1-1------1
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea ------1----11
Flag of Norfolk Island.svg  Norfolk Island ------1----11

See also

World Bowls Events

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The 1966 Men's World Outdoor Bowls Championship was held at Kyeemagh, New South Wales, Australia, from 10–23 October 1966.
David Bryant won the singles which was held in a round robin format.
The pairs and triples gold went to Australia which helped them win the overall team competition called the WM Leonard Cup. The fours gold was claimed by New Zealand.

The 1972 Men's World Outdoor Bowls Championship was held at Beach House Park in Worthing, England, from 5–17 June 1972.
Maldwyn Evans won the singles which was held in a round robin format.
The Pairs Gold was won by Hong Kong, the Triples Gold by the United States and the Fours Gold went to England. Scotland lifted the Leonard Trophy with just one point more than South Africa and the United States.

The 1973 Women's World Outdoor Bowls Championship was held at the Victoria Bowls Club in Wellington, New Zealand, from 3–18 December 1973.
Elsie Wilkie won the singles which was held in a round robin format.
The Pairs was won by Australia whilst the Triples, Fours Gold and Taylor Trophy all went to New Zealand.

The 1976 Men's World Outdoor Bowls Championship was held at Zoo Lake Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 18 February - 6 March 1976.
Doug Watson won the singles which was held in a round robin format.
South Africa completed a clean sweep of events by taking the Pairs, Triples and Fours Gold which also help them lift the Leonard Trophy.

The 1981 Women's World Outdoor Bowls Championship was held at the Willowdale Bowling Club in Toronto, Canada, from 1–15 August 1981. Swaziland replaced Samoa two weeks before the competition started due to the Samoan General Strike
Norma Shaw of England won the singles Gold and double world champion Elsie Wilkie struggled with the difficult greens finishing last of 18.
The Pairs went to Ireland, the Triples to Hong Kong and the Fours to England. The Taylor Trophy was won by the English team.

The 1984 Men's World Outdoor Bowls Championship was held at Westburn Park in Aberdeen, Scotland, from 11–28 July 1984.
Peter Belliss won the singles defeating Willie Wood in the final. Wood qualified for the final because he finished with a seven shot advantage in Section A over David Bryant despite identical records of winning nine rounds each.
United States won the Pairs, Ireland won the Triples and England won the Fours. The Leonard Trophy went to Scotland.

The 1985 Women's World Outdoor Bowls Championship was held at the Reservoir Bowling Club in Preston, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia from 13 February - 4 March 1985.

The 1988 Men's World Outdoor Bowls Championship was held in Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand, from 30 January - 14 February 1988.
David Bryant won a third singles Gold defeating Willie Wood in the final. New Zealand won the Pairs and Triples, Ireland won the Fours. The Leonard Trophy went to England.

Ian McClure is an indoor and lawn bowler born on 23 August 1973.

Bill Moseley is a former South African international lawn bowler.

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