|Continent||International (Professional Bowls Association / World Bowls Tour)|
|2019 Open Singles|
2019 Women's Singles
2019 Open Pairs
2019 Mixed Pairs
|TV partner(s)||BBC Two (UK (Final))|
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.
Coatbridge is a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, about 8.5 miles (13.7 km) east of Glasgow city centre, set in the central Lowlands. The town, with neighbouring Airdrie, is part of the Greater Glasgow urban area. While the earliest known settlement of the area dates back to the Stone Age era, the founding of the town can be traced to the 12th century, when a Royal Charter was granted to the monks of Newbattle Abbey by King Malcolm IV. Coatbridge, along with its neighbour Airdrie, forms the area known as the Monklands.
Potters Resort is a modern five star holiday village situated on the coastline border of Norfolk and Suffolk, in Hopton-on-Sea. Potters was the first permanent holiday camp in the United Kingdom, opening its doors for the first time in 1920. Nearly a century on and through four generations of the Potter Family, it remains the last privately owned holiday village of its kind and in 2002, became the first to receive the English Tourist Board's five star award for holiday villages, since held for 16 consecutive years.
Hopton-on-Sea is a village, civil parish and seaside resort on the coast of East Anglia in the county of Norfolk. The village is 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Great Yarmouth, 4 1⁄2 miles (7.2 km) north-west of Lowestoft and near the UK's most easterly point, Lowestoft Ness.
The men's pairs started in 1986, the women's singles in 1988 and the mixed pairs in 2004.Both the men's singles and men's pairs changed to open singles and open pairs following the rule change which allowed women to compete in them. Alex Marshall from Scotland has won the singles event a record six times. Fellow Scot Paul Foster is one wins behind with five successes.
Wins by individual (Open Singles only)
|Name||Titles||Runners up||Winning Years|
|Alex Marshall||6||1||1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2015|
|Paul Foster||5||1||1998, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2017|
|Richard Corsie||3||4||1989, 1991, 1993|
|Andy Thomson||3||2||1994, 1995, 2012|
|David Bryant||3||1||1979, 1980, 1981|
|Tony Allcock||3||-||1986, 1987, 2002|
|Stewart Anderson||2||1||2013, 2019|
|Hugh Duff||2||1||1988, 1997|
Performance by country
|Country||Winning Players||Titles||Runners up|
The Men's Pairs now Open Pairs allows women to compete, this is not to be confused with the Mixed Pairs. It was a men's only competition until 2012.
|Nation||Name||Open singles||Women's singles||Open Pairs||Mixed Pairs||Total|
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The 2014 Just Retirement World Indoor Bowls Championship was held at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton on Sea, Great Yarmouth, England, between January 10–25, 2014. It was won for the first time by Scotland's Darren Burnett. It was sponsored by Just Retirement Group. It was also notable for Shaun Williamson singing So Strong before the men's singles final.
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Alex Marshall won the men's singles defeating Ian Bond in the final achieving a record fifth title. Despite the fact that a women's singles tournament was held Ceri Ann Davies was also permitted to compete in the men's singles competition.
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Robert Paxton & Simon Skelton won their first Pairs title, stopping Alex Marshall & Paul Foster from winning a fourth title.
Robert Paxton & Marion Purcell won their first Mixed Pairs title, stopping Paul Foster & Laura Thomas from winning a third consecutive title.
Laura Thomas won her first title, defeating defending champion Katherine Rednall in the final.
The 2000 Potters Holidays World World Indoor Bowls Championship was held at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton on Sea, Great Yarmouth, England, from 13–29 January 2000.
In the singles Robert Weale won the title beating John Price in the final.
In the pairs David Gourlay & Alex Marshall defeated Gary Smith & Andy Thomson.
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Nick Brett won the blue riband event for the first time after beating Robert Paxton in a competitive final. In the Open Pairs Stewart Anderson and Darren Burnett recorded their first title success. Burnett doubled up by winning the Mixed Pairs title with Katherine Rednall. Ellen Falkner won the Women's Singles defeating Rebecca Field in the final. This was Falkner's third title and was achieved ten years after her last success.
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