David Stallard

David Stallard competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where he and teammate Sue Curran placed fourth, having been narrowly beaten for the bronze medal.

At the 2017 International Blind Bowling World Championships in Johannesburg, David and Sue won the silver medal in the B3 Mixed Pairs. The medal ranking one better than their bronze in 2015 at the International Bowls for the Disabled competition in Wellington.

David has also had success at the New Zealand Open, taking gold in both the para sport pairs and triples in 2015, and also a gold in the World Masters Games parasport pairs in 2016.

David spends a lot of time with guide dog, Jackson, a black Labrador retriever, and enjoys indulging in his passion for his garden. David is assisted both on and off the green by his director of five years, Peter Blick. 

At what age did you start playing Bowls: 44

Why did you take an interest in Bowls? Played indoor bowls. Father in law took me to “Cobbers days”at his club. After he died I inherited his bowls and took it up after talking to John Flett who had established the NZ Blind Lawn Bowling Association

Most memorable match? Beating Israel in South Africa to win a Silver medal at The World Blind Champs.

Greatest influence in Bowls: John Flett encouraged me to take up bowls and showed me what it could do for blind and visually impaired people.

Toughest opponent? Always South Africa at World Champs!

Aspiration in Bowls? To play the very best I can which will hopefully lead to a Commonwealth Games Medal.

Advice for new players? Bowls is a great sport for those with a disability and I would encourage anyone to play it. Bowls has been an amazing journey for me and I have met some fantastic people out of it. 

National:

  • New Zealand Blind Lawn Bowls Association National titles 12

International: 

  • International Blind Bowls World Championship Capetown South Africa 2017 Silver medal
    in B3 Mixed Pairs.
  • International Bowls for the Disabled World Champs Wellington New Zealand 2015 Bronze
    medal in B3 Mixed Pairs.
Paul Girdler

Date of Birth: 22nd April 1948

Bowl Type: Aero Dynamics

Current Clubs: Carlton Cornwall Bowling Club