Paul Girdler first competed at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 and Gold Coast 2018 will be his second games.
In the build up to his second Commonwealth Games, Paul won gold in the Eight Nations Fours event in 2016 and again securing the top place on podium at the Multi Nations event on the Gold Coast later that year.
Paul (PEG) was born in Scotland and was brought up in Dunedin. Paul worked in the local Engineering industry in Dunedin for a number of years, including the Otago Polytechnic prior to locating to Australia in 2010. Off the bowling green, Paul can be found dancing Rock and Roll.
Paul now lives on the Gold Coast.
At what age did you start playing Bowls: 17 years old (1981)
Nickname: PEG or Girds
Why did you take an interest in Bowls? My Dad and Grandad played bowls, so it was in the family. We used to play carpet bowls at home at a young age and got hooked on the sport.
Most memorable match? There are plenty, but this match was just amazing. Everyone was playing well, and the fours match New Zealand (Meyer, Girdler, Brassey, Belliss) against Scotland at the 2000 World Bowls. Willie Wood from Scotland was walking on water and could make his bowls talk. We lost that game, but what a display of precision and bowls at its best.
Greatest influence in Bowls: Don Stuart from my original club Leith bowling club in Dunedin. We started together in 1981 and played together for years. I played third for Don. He was very hard on me and kept pressure on me to perform. This made such a major impact on my playing ability as a hard-nosed player (thick skinned). Maybe had something to do with playing in Dunedin with so many great players of our game too.
Toughest opponent? Willy Wood from Scotland. Such a genius.
Aspiration in Bowls? To play to my potential and win Gold at the highest level.
Advice for new players? Ensure you are coached early to get a smooth and sound delivery. Purposeful practice so you master each shot. Take advice when given and respect the game. Have fun.
- 2 Kingscliff Pairs Gold
- 4 Burnside Pairs Gold
- North East Valley Singles Gold
- 1 NSW State Pennant Title
- 1 NSW Premier League Title
- 1 QLD State Pennant Title
- 1 Helensvale 5 a side Winner
- 3 National Inter-centre titles
- 2 National Interclub 7’s titles
- 1 National Super 8 Title
- NZ Camp of Champ Singles
- 2000 Malaysia Millennium Gold Pairs & Silver Triples
- 2000 World Bowls Pairs & Fours- Bronze
- 2001 Asia Pacific Championships Pairs Gold & Fours Bronze
- 2002 Hong Kong Classic Pairs Gold
- 2003 Asia Pacific Championships Fours Silver
- 2004 World Bowls Pairs & Fours- Bronze
- 2006 Hong Kong Classic Singles Gold
- 2015 Asia Pacific Championships Fours Gold &Triples Gold
- 2016 8 Nations Championship Fours Gold
- 2017 6 Nations Championship Fours Gold
- Trans-Tasman Series 1999 to 2004, & 2016 to 2018
Date of Birth: 17 March 1964
Cap Number: 89
Bowl Type: Taylor SR Size 4
Capped Event: 1998 Tour of Zimbabwe
Current Clubs: Broadbeach Bowls Club Australia & Wakari Bowling Club Dunedin