Bowls Australia (BA) is taking steps towards readdressing the gender balance in bowls, with a Women in Bowls Working Party
The Women in Bowls Working Party meet for the first time on February 16 and 17, 2020 in Melbourne, with a focus on developing initiatives to enhance participation and the experience of women in Australian bowls.
The 12-person working party will work to find practical actions available to bowls in Australia to enhance participation by women and girls and to increase their engagement in leadership and governance roles in the sport.
The working party, appointed by the BA Board following an application process, features 11 women from across Australia and includes members from a variety of backgrounds.
Of the more than 690,000 bowls participants in 2019, less than 32 per cent were women.
BA CEO Neil Dalrymple said the working party is a good step forward in finding ways to support an increase to women in bowls.
“There are more women in the Australian population than men yet we still have an imbalance in bowls. This is an area we can do more in and are doing more in,” he said.
“The working party is a good way to develop some strategies and ideas to increase female participation in bowls, and have those ideas brought to BA and state and territory bodies too.”
The recommendations of the working party require BA Board approval prior to implementation.
Women in Bowls Working Party
Neil Dalrymple – interim chairperson
- BA CEO.
- Golf Australia Female Engagement Senior Manager.
- Vic Health ‘This Girl Can’ ambassador, Victorian bowler, Eastern Ranges Region board member.
- BA Development and Programs Manager.
- Former Baseball WA Women’s Council member, Taren Point BC member, former WA Women’s state squad member, corporate governance and compliance experience.
Jess De Greenlaw
- BA board director, former Women’s Bowls NSW appointed director, practicing barrister for 19+ years.
- BA RBM (North Queensland), former Bowls Queensland State Development Officer.
- BA board director, Australian over-60s, NSW and Queensland bowls representative.
- BA hall of fame member, 650+ caps for Australian Jackaroos, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, 4x World champion.
- Bowls SA Relationship Program Officer overseeing ‘Driving Women in Leadership’ project, 14+ years sport and recreation experience.
Rebecca Van Asch
- Current Australian Jackaroo, Bowls Tasmania CEO, 2x Commonwealth Games gold medallist and 3x World champion, 20+ years bowls experience.
- Toorak Burnside BC Women’s Bowls Working Group chair, doctor of education, retired/adjunct senior research fellow at UniSA and higher education consultant.
Women in Bowls Survey
BA is committed to making Bowls in Australia a more diverse and inclusive sport.
In August 2020, a national survey was created to gather data and evidence and provide the Working Party with information to guide the creation of a strategy to address this important area of our sport.