SUSAN CURRAN

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

At the 2017 International Blind Bowling World Championships in Johannesburg Sue and David 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.

Sue also won the NZ Vision Impaired National Ladies Singles title in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Sue is honoured to have Ann Muir as her director and coach and tries to absorb Ann’s vast knowledge of the sport when possible. 

Sue’s interests outside of bowls are family time, travel, gardening, knitting and crocheting.

At what age did you start playing Bowls: 65 years old

Nickname: Sue

Why did you take an interest in Bowls? With the on-going deterioration with my sight, I took up playing indoor bowls with the Blind/Low vision players in Hamilton.  I was very competitive in my first year, winning the NZ Ladies Partially Sighted National singles title. This lead on to being persuaded by my late stepfather to give lawn bowls a go. At the end of 2011, with only two friendly games to my name, I played in the Blind/Vision impaired Nationals and was runner-up in the Mixed pairs. I was also named in the Development Squad, along with my then Director Christine, for the 2013 World Champs to be held in Worthing, England.  This really got me thinking that “maybe I could be competitive at lawn bowls as well as the indoor”.

Most memorable match? In 2013 in Worthing, England, my very first game was against Australia.  I was playing in my first ever International Singles World Championship game and I beat her – (only to find out after the game that she had held the World Championship Title). I finished with a Silver Medal for the Ladies B4 singles, beaten by South Africa for the Gold.

Greatest influence in Bowls: Initially, my late stepfather who encouraged me to have a go at the game.  Currently, my coach Ann Muir who has faith in me to succeed. 

Toughest opponent? South Africa – May Homer.  I came close at the Worlds in Cape Town, South Africa 2017 losing by one point in the B3 Ladies Singles 

Aspiration in Bowls? To medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games having finished fourth in Glasgow 2014.

Advice for new players? To give it a go.  It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of commitment and “if I can do this starting at my age – you can also do it”

National:

  • 2013 NZ Open – Runner Up – Para Triples
  • 2015 NZ Open – Runner Up – Para Pairs
  • 2011 NZ Blind Nationals – Runner Up B3 Mixed Pairs
  • 2013 NZ Blind Nationals – Winner Ladies B3 Singles
  • 2014 NZ Blind Nationals – Winner Ladies B3 Singles
  • 2014 NZ Blind Nationals – Winner B3/B4 Mixed Pairs
  • 2015 NZ Blind Nationals – Winner Ladies B3 Singles
  • 2015 NZ Blind Nationals – Runner Up B3/B4 Mixed Pairs
  • 2016 NZ Blind Nationals – Winner Ladies B3 Singles
  • 2017 NZ Blind Nationals – Winner Ladies B3 Singles

International: 

  • 2013 Blind World Championships – Worthing, Silver Ladies Singles B4, Bronze Mixed Pairs B4
  • 2015 IBD (Blind/Disabled) World Championships – Wellington Bronze Ladies Singles B3, Bronze Mixed Pairs B3
  • 2017 Blind World Championships – South Africa Silver Mixed Pairs B3
Paul Girdler

Date of Birth: 17 November 1946

Bowl Type: Taylor Vector VS

Current Clubs: Beerescourt Bowling Club and Hamilton Bowling Club