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NZOC Media Release
26 January 2018  

High Expectation on New Zealand Bowls team for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games  

The New Zealand Olympic Committee together with Bowls New Zealand has named 10 athletes to the New Zealand Team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Among the team is defending Commonwealth Games singles champion Jo Edwards, who will be attending her fourth Games.

Returning from previous Commonwealth Games campaigns is Ali Forsyth, Blake Signal, Paul Girdler, Shannon McIlroy (world singles champion), Mandy Boyd (Glasgow 2014 bronze, women’s fours) and Val Smith (Delhi 2010 silver, singles; Glasgow 2014 bronze, women’s fours).

Athletes Tayla Bruce, Katelyn Inch and Mike Nagy will make their Commonwealth Games debuts at Gold Coast 2018.

47 year old Jo Edwards (gold Manchester 2002, gold Glasgow 2014) lives in Brisbane and has been training at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, where lawn bowls will be contested during the Games.

“The greens on the Gold Coast are different to home so it doesn’t do any harm being based here and getting to know them. There’s good competition here as well so that’s driving me and helping with preparation,” she said.

Ali Forsyth (Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014) expects the team to grace the podium several times on the Gold Coast.

“The New Zealand team won seven medals out of a possible eight at the 2016 World Championships so that’s given us a great deal of confidence,” he said.

“I believe we can medal in close to all four of the men’s events on the Gold Coast if we get on the greens as much as we can between now and April.”

Bowls New Zealand CEO Mark Cameron says the experienced team will go well in the Australian conditions.

“More than half of this team is based in Australia so the conditions over there are very familiar to us,” he said.

“We have a wealth of Commonwealth Games experience within this bunch and the athletes who are new to this environment will be able to draw on the experience of their team mates.”

“I’m excited to see this team compete and I’m sure we’ll be delivering results which will make New Zealand proud.”

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith extended her congratulations to the athletes.

“Lawn Bowls is a sport in which New Zealand is traditionally very strong and this is a group of athletes which will carry on our proud legacy,” she said.

“It’s great to name a large and experienced bowls team named and I look forward to seeing the athletes compete on the Gold Coast.”

New Zealand has won 38 bowls medals at Commonwealth Games, including 12 golds.

Lawn Bowls at the Commonwealth Games will run from April 5th to 13th.

Full team + discipline/s:

  • Ali Forsyth – Men’s Fours/Men’s Triples
  • Blake Signal – Men’s Pairs/Men’s Fours
  • Mike Nagy – Men’s Triple/Men’s Fours
  • Paul Girdler – Men’s Triples/Men’s Fours
  • Shannon McIlroy – Men’s Singles/Men’s Pairs
  • Jo Edwards – Women’s Singles/Women’s Pairs
  • Katelyn Inch – Women’s Triples/Women’s Fours
  • Mandy Boyd – Women’s Triples/Women’s Fours
  • Tayla Bruce – Women’s Triples/Women’s Fours
  • Val Smith – Women’s Pairs/Women’s Fours
Mike Kernaghan made himself unavailable for Commonwealth Games selection due to work commitments.
Para-Sport Commonwealth Games Athletes:
  • David Stallard - B2/B3 Pairs 
  • Sue Curran - B2/B3 Pairs
  • Bruce Wakefield - B6/B7/B8 Triples
  • Barry Wynks - B6/B7/B8 Triples
  • Mark Noble - B6/B7/B8 Triples


For more information contact:

Lewis Hampton
Communications and Content Executive
New Zealand Olympic Committee
+64 27 451 8090 

About the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games:

It’s hoped 250 athletes will represent New Zealand at Gold Coast 2018, making it our largest ever Commonwealth Games team.

New Zealand athletes are aiming to compete in 18 sports (including four para disciplines) with selection to take place from November 2017 – March 2018.

For the first-time women’s rugby sevens will be on the programme as well as beach volleyball, and basketball is back on the programme after a 12 year hiatus.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade and the biggest sporting spectacle the Gold Coast has ever seen.

The games will be contested between April 4th – 15th 2018, with more than 6,600 athletes and team officials to take part.