Vale: Joy Forster

by Aidan Davis

Bowls Australia (BA) was saddened to hear of the passing of former Commonwealth Games para-sport competitor Joy Forster today.

Forster competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in the vision-impaired mixed pairs discipline, at the age of 64, where she secured a bronze medal alongside her vision-director Bruce Jones.

Image: Peter Scott, Tony Scott, Bruce Jones and Joy Forster after claiming bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the vision-impaired mixed pairs. Photo © Getty Images.

A beloved member of Queensland’s Chermside Bowls Club, Forster also enjoyed success at the International Blind Bowls Association’s World Championships, having secured a monumental three-peat in the blue-ribbon B2 women’s singles discipline, with gold medal victories in Melbourne 2009, England 2013 and South Africa 2017.

Forster was recognised as the joint-winner of Bowls Queensland’s Bowler with a Disability of the Year award in 2013.

Despite only taking up the sport in her 50s, Forster claimed to be a lifelong fan of bowls, enjoying the television broadcasts long before realising her success on the world stage.

BA’s Board and staff extend their condolences to Joy Forster’s family and friends.