World Indoor Bowls Championships

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World Indoor Bowls Championships
Sport Bowls
Founded 1979
Continent International (Professional Bowls Association / World Bowls Tour)
Most recent
champion(s)
2017 Open Singles
Scotland Paul Foster
2017 Women's Singles
England Katherine Rednall
2017 Open Pairs
England Les Gillett &
Wales Jason Greenslade
2017 Mixed Pairs
England Nick Brett &
Scotland Claire Johnston.
TV partner(s) BBC Two[1] (UK (Final))

The World Indoor Bowls Championship was first held in 1979 at Coatbridge in Scotland for men's singles only. The event was sponsored by Embassy in the early years and grew in stature. In 1988 the venue changed to Alexandra Palace and one year later Churchill Insurance took over the sponsorship when the championships were held at Preston Guild Hall. The Midland Bank and SAGA were two more sponsors during the Preston era. In 1999 Potters Holidays came in to take over the sponsorship and the event moved to Potters Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, where it is still held today. The BBC also show live coverage of the championships during the last week which includes all four competition finals.

The men's pairs started in 1986, the women's singles in 1988 and the mixed pairs in 2004.[2] Both the men's singles and men's pairs changed to open singles and open pairs following the rule change which allowed women to compete in them.

World Indoor Men's/Open Singles Champions[edit]

Alex Marshall from Scotland has won the event a record six times. Fellow Scot Paul Foster is one wins behind with five successes.

Wins by individual

Name Titles Runners up Winning Years
Scotland Alex Marshall 6 1 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2015
Scotland Paul Foster 5 1 1998, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2017
Scotland Richard Corsie 3 4 1989, 1991, 1993
England Andy Thomson 3 2 1994, 1995, 2012
England David Bryant 3 1 1979, 1980, 1981
England Tony Allcock 3 - 1986, 1987, 2002
Scotland Hugh Duff 2 1 1988, 1997
Wales John Price 1 3 1990
England Mervyn King 1 3 2006
Northern Ireland Jim Baker 1 1 1984
Australia Ian Schuback 1 2 1992
Scotland David Gourlay 1 1 1996
Wales Robert Weale 1 1 2000
England Greg Harlow 1 1 2010
Scotland Stewart Anderson 1 1 2013
Scotland John Watson 1 - 1982
Scotland Bob Sutherland 1 - 1983
Wales Terry Sullivan 1 - 1985
England Billy Jackson 1 - 2009
Scotland Darren Burnett 1 - 2014
England Nick Brett 1 - 2016

Performance by country

Country Winning Players Titles Runners up
Scotland Scotland 9 21 11
England England 7 13 12
Wales Wales 3 3 7
Australia Australia 1 1 3
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 1 1 1
Hong Kong Hong Kong - - 1
Israel Israel - - 1
New Zealand New Zealand - - 1

World Indoor Women's Singles Champions[edit]

World Indoor Men's/Open Pairs Champions[edit]

The Men's Pairs now Open Pairs allows women to compete, this is not to be confused with the Mixed Pairs. It was a men's only competition until 2012.

World Indoor Mixed Pairs Champions[edit]

Players with over 5 titles[edit]

Nation Name Open singles Women's singles Open Pairs Mixed Pairs Total
 Scotland Alex Marshall MBE 6 N/A 5 2 13
 Scotland Paul Foster MBE 5 N/A 4 2 11
 England Tony Allcock 3 N/A 8 - 11
 Scotland /  Australia David Gourlay 1 N/A 3 3 7
 England Andy Thomson 3 N/A 3 - 6
 England Carol Ashby - 3 - 3 6
 Scotland Richard Corsie 3 N/A 2 - 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennis, football and bowls: Must-not-miss on the BBC." BBC. Retrieved on 26 January 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/17151954
  2. ^ Newby, Donald (1989). Bowls Year Book 89. the Daily Telegraph. ISBN 0-330-31093-3.