Christchurch-born Tayla Bruce will compete in her first Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The twenty-three-year-old has been a capped lawn bowls player since 2015, and was a member of the winning team in the 2017 Trans-Tasman series. Tayla attributes her success to the support from her family, her friends, and her Nelson-based personal coach Vince Roper.

Outside of lawn bowls, Tayla recently graduated from University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary). A teacher, Tayla also loves to cook and bake, draw, and spend time with her friends.

At what age did you start playing Bowls: 13 years old

Why did you take an interest in Bowls? My parents took me along to watch the 2008 World Bowls at Burnside, bribing me with fizz and chips, and I was hooked from there. I had no idea before then that bowls was a sport for all ages. 

Most memorable match?  My most memorable match was my first ever international win. It was a Trans Tasman singles game in Invercargill when I was in the U18 team.

Greatest influence in Bowls: My family and my coach, Vince Roper, have had the greatest influence on my bowls. They have always supported me and had faith in me. 

Toughest opponent?  Playing singles against Siti Zalina Ahmad in Malaysia was a learning curve! 

Aspiration in Bowls? I always want to play well, with the aim of continuing to represent NZ at
senior level.

Advice for new players? Enjoy the game and never lose sight of what drew you to bowls in the first place.


  • 2017 National Open Championship Women’s Fours – Winner
  • 2017 National Club Championship Women’s Singles – Winner
  • 2014 National Club Championship Women’s Singles – Winner


  • 2017 Gold Coast 8 Nations Women’s Triples – Silver
  • 2014 World Junior Championships Mixed Pairs – Bronze
  • 2014 9th Sime Darby Asia Pacific Merdeka Championships Women’s Singles – Bronze
  • 2014 9th Sime Darby Asia Pacific Merdeka Championships Mixed Pairs – Bronze
Paul Girdler

Date of Birth: 22 February 1995

Cap Number: 54

Bowl Type: Taylor Redline SR

Capped Event: 2015 Trans Tasman

Current Club: Burnside Bowling Club

Commonwealth Games Disciplines: Triples and Fours