Bowls Australia nominated for Sports Australia Media Award

by Val Febbo

Bowls Australia (BA) has been nominated for the accolade of Best Depiction of an Inclusive Sport as part of the 2021 Sport Australia Media Awards.

With over 300 entries across all categories for the delegating committee to cast its eyes over, BA’s continuous work promoting the inclusivity and diversity of the sport proved a strong candidate for the award through channels such as The Bowls Show, ‘The Right Line’ podcast and the organisation’s website.

BA has been nominated alongside four other entrants, including award winning filmmaker Peter Dickson for his documentary ‘The Ripple Effect’, exploring the ongoing mental health effects of racism.

2020 winner Amanda Shalala has been nominated again, as have journalists Megan Maurice and Mary Konstantopoulous.

BA CEO Neil Dalrymple is elated with the recognition by Sports Australia, and aims to continue showcasing the inclusivity that bowls provides to the community across the nation.

“I am delighted that we have been recognised for the 2021 Sport Australia Media Awards, as they are a prestigious accolade for any recipient.” Dalrymple said.

“The depiction of inclusivity across our channels is something that we value dearly, as bowls is one of the most inclusive sports across the globe.

“It can be played by all ages, abilities and cultures with tools that can aid any bowler to participate on the green and inclusivity is a value that we are extremely proud of.”

BA Communications and Marketing Manager Aidan Davis said the organisation was humbled to be in contention for the coveted honour amongst esteemed company.

“Being recognised by Sport Australia for this prestigious award is testament to the many incredible people involved within the sport of bowls from all walks of life and across the breadth of the country, with deeply rich stories and lived-experiences that are crying out to be told to help inspire the next generation of Australians to pick up a bowl, jack and mat and fall in-love with a game that is intrinsically and iconically Australian.

“Simply being selected, particularly among such an esteemed company of influential journalists and media outlets, highlights the inclusive nature of bowls, as a sport that can be enjoyed equally by men and and women, young and old, able-bodied and disabled, regardless of ethnicity, and showcases the work being done to tell those stories, and will no doubt help Bowls Australia continue to shine a light on important people and initiatives, regardless of the ultimate outcome in March.”

The full list of nominees for the 2021 Sport Australia Media Awards can be found here.