Steve Glasson

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Steve Glasson
Personal information
Full name Stephen John Glasson
Nickname(s) Biscuits
Nationality  Australia
Born (1969-04-10) 10 April 1969 (age 49)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sport Bowls
Club St Johns Park Bowling Club
Now coaching Australian bowls team
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2000 World Bowls Championship: Team – Gold
  • 2004 World Outdoor Championship: Singles – Champion
National finals
  • 1994, 1997–1999, 2001–2005 Australian Indoor Championship: Singles – Champion
Highest world ranking 1
Updated on 5 September 2012.

Stephen John "Steve" Glasson OAM (born 10 April 1969) is an Australian bowls player. He was number one in the world in 2004 and was ranked first in Australia between 1997 and 2005. He is currently the Australian national bowls coach.

Early life[edit]

Glasson was born in Sydney, New South Wales in 1969. His father, Bob Glasson was a former Queensland bowls representative.[1][2] Glasson took up bowls as a young child in the mid-1970s.[3][4]

While working as a bank teller as a teenager, his bank was held up. He decided to change jobs, becoming an apprentice greenkeeper at a bowls club.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Glasson won Australian championships 19 times including nine national indoor championships. He was the number one ranked player in Australia between 1997 and 2005.[5][6]

In 2004 Glasson became World Singles Champion when he won a gold medal at the World Bowls Championship in Scotland, becoming the first Australian to be world number one in men's singles.[7]

Glasson was omitted from the Australian team for the 2006 Commonwealth Games after a dispute over fitness requirements set down by Bowls Australia. Bowls Australia claimed that poor form had also been a contributory factor.[8][9][10]

As of 2012, he only plays occasionally to focus on his off-field role as a coach.[11]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2011 he replaced Rex Johnston as Bowls Australia national coach.[12][13][14]


In 2000 Glasson was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his playing and coaching achievements.[15] He was inducted into the Bowls Australia Hall of Fame in 2011.[16] He was further honoured in 2012, awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).[17]


Bowls experience, skills and achievements[edit]

  • World Indoor Championships
  • World Outdoor Championships
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Asia Pacific Games
  • Trans Tasman Series
  • U.K. V The rest of the world
  • South African Masters
  • Many Test Series V other countries
  • Hong Kong Classic

Other major bowling achievements[edit]

  • World Outdoor Singles Champion- 2004
  • World Bowls Championship Gold (Overall Team)-2000
  • World Outdoor Singles Runner Up-2000
  • World Outdoor Triples Runner Up-2000
  • 4xNSW Premier League Titles With St Johns Park Bowling Club
  • Mazda Jack High Winner-1997
  • World Indoor Paris Semi-Finalist-Twice 1998&2000
  • Asia Pacific-Gold,Silver& Bronze Medalist- Numerous events
  • South African Masters Runner Up-1999
  • 20 Australian Championships


  1. ^ Raabus, Carol (19 September 2007). "Lawn bowls on a roll". ABC Hobart. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  2. ^ Glasson, Steve (May 2009). "Who's your favourite player?". Bowls NSW. Royal New South Wales Bowling Association. 70 (4): 45, 48. ISSN 1038-5401.
  3. ^ "Player Profile – Steve Glasson" (PDF). St Johns Park Bowling Club. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b Growden, Greg (13 October 2004). "Glasson No.1 with a bullet". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Inductee biographies". Bowls Australia. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  6. ^ Falkenmire, David (27 August 2008). "Glasson clinches spots in world singles bowls events". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Glasson takes world crown in play-off thriller". Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. 9 August 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  8. ^ Halloran, Jessica (8 February 2006). "Glasson out of running after refusing to jog". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  9. ^ Johnson, Len (16 December 2005). "Singles ace Glasson misses". The Age. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  10. ^ Presenter: Karen Percy, Reporter: David Mark (10 February 2006). "World champ hits out at Bowls Australia after omission from Comm Games team". The World Today. ABC Local Radio.
  11. ^ "STEVE GLASSON AWARDED AOM". Taylor Bowls. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  12. ^ Goodwin, Louise (1 March 2011). "New National Bowls Australia coach: Steve Glasson". Liverpool Leader. News Community Media. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Organisational Structure". Bowls Australia. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  14. ^ Falkenmire, David (23 February 2011). "Dead end for Rex Johnston as Steve Glasson takes reins as Bowls Australia national coach". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  15. ^ "Glasson, Stephen John – Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  16. ^ "BCiB Hall of Fame inductees announced". Bowls Australia. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  17. ^ "Glasson, Stephen John – OAM". It's an Honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 5 September 2012.

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