Australia Day honours for deserving bowlers

by Aidan Davis

Former Bowls Australia President Joe Aarons and former international spearhead Mark Casey were among a handful of bowlers formally recognised during the Australia Day honours.

Aarons, who was the President of the national body from 2010-2012 before taking the reigns as President of World Bowls until 2014, was elevated to a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the sport, particularly at a national and international level.

Aarons had previously been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2006.

Casey, who enjoyed an illustrious 13-year international career representing the Australian Jackaroos up until December 2016, where he amassed 292 caps and a swag of world titles and Commonwealth Games medals, was bestowed a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to bowls.

A further three individuals were recognised with Medals during the celebrations, including former Bowls SA board member Carol Boyle, former Bowls Queensland chairman of selectors Carlo Campana, and the late Ken Guy, a former Maitland Mayor and Zone 6 President.

Former Australian Cricketer and current Cricket broadcast commentator Mel Jones, who has previously been a Bowls Australia Board Director, was awarded an OAM for her contribution to the sport of cricket.

In the Australian honours system, appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

The Order has four levels, listed in descending significance; the Companion of the Order (AC), Officer of the Order (AO), Member of the Order (AM) and the Medal of the Order (OAM).

Bowls Australia congratulates the aforementioned individuals on the deserving recognition for their tireless contribution to the sport of bowls.