Peter Belliss

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Peter Belliss
Medal record
Men's lawn bowls
Representing  New Zealand
World Outdoor Bowls Championships
Gold medal – first place 1984 Aberdeen Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1988 Auckland Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2000 Johannesburg Men's triples
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Johannesburg Men's fours
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Victoria men's fours
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Brisbane men's singles

Peter James Belliss MBE is a former lawn bowls player for New Zealand.


Belliss was born in Wanganui in 1951, attending (and playing rugby football at) Wanganui Boys' College. He started playing in the 1970s in the Aramaho (Wanganui) club; Romanos called him The young Turk of lawn bowls. He had been a railways fitter, and in 1982 was the first New Zealand lawn bowler to turn professional.

Bowls career[edit]

At the World Bowls Championships, Belliss won the 1984 singles in Aberdeen against local player Willie Wood, the 1988 pairs with Rowan Brassey, and men's triples with Brassey and Andrew Curtain at the 2000 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Johannesburg.[1]

He has competed at four Commonwealth Games: 1982 (winning bronze), 1994 (winning bronze), 1998, and 2002; missing 1986 as a professional and 1990 as he had played in South Africa five years previously.

He was a coach at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.


In the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, Belliss was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to bowls.[2] In 2013, Belliss was an inaugural inductee into the Bowls New Zealand Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ "Peter Belliss". Bowls Tawa.
  2. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 51367, 10 June 1988. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Bowls legends honoured at inaugural Hall of Fame celebration". Bowls New Zealand. 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  • New Zealand’s top 100 sports history makers by Joseph Romanos, page 214 (2006, Trio Books, Wellington) ISBN 0-9582455-8-4

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