Naenae Bowling Club is set to host the World Champion of Champions Singles for 2021 & 2022
Bowls New Zealand has secured the hosting rights for both the 2021 and 2022 World Singles Champion of Champions events.
They are to be hosted by the Naenae Bowling Club, the 2021 edition from the 20-27 of November and the 2022 edition from the 19-26th of November
The president of Naenae Bowling Club, Glenn McTaggart, was effusive with his comments saying “For our club to be hosting such a prestigious event is a great thrill for our club. We are absolutely delighted to be selected as the host venue for the 2021 and 2022 tournaments and look forward to working alongside Bowls New Zealand to deliver two fantastic events for the players and the countries they represent.”
This annual championship, first conducted in Australia at Moama in 2003, is unique on the international calendar. Countries from all over the world forgo their national selectors and instead send their national singles champions. This creates a unique environment for both players and spectators as a cauldron of experience, inexperience, youth and otherwise bubbles away to create World Champion of Champions Singles winners.
Bowls New Zealand has previously hosted this event on four occasions, all in the South Island. They were: Fendalton (2005, 2014) and Burnside (2006, 2013),
Next year however the world spotlight will shine on the Naenae Bowling Club, known to audiences as the recent host of the Bowls3Five National Interclub Finals broadcast live on Sky Sport.
Mark Cameron, CEO of Bowls New Zealand, had this to say about the event:
“Since the last World Championships in Christchurch in 2016, Bowls New Zealand has hosted three rounds of Australia’s Bowls Premier League, so hosting the World Champion of Champions and having international bowls back in New Zealand is something that our bowls community will get right behind,”
“Along with the talent the Champion of Champions brings, is the possibility that you can have a match-up between a world singles champion, or a Commonwealth Games medal recipient, and a junior club champion on any given day, which makes this particular competition so special, what other sport is there in the world where this can happen?”
World Bowls chief executive Gary Smith said:
“The Bowls New Zealand tender was successful against several other outstanding bids, which were much appreciated. So, combine Bowls New Zealand's big event experience at an excellent venue, world-famous greens plus a field of international champions and everyone attending is assured a feast of great bowls.”
New Zealand has had success in these events too, with seven gold medals over both disciplines, and with a strong home crowd sure to turn up and support the players at Naenae, who would bet against them?
Keep an eye on the Bowls New Zealand website and Facebook page for more exciting announcements about these events as they fast approach.