Van Asch named High Performance Manager

by Val Febbo

Veteran BCiB Australian Jackaroo Rebecca Van Asch has been appointed Bowls Australia’s (BA) High Performance Manager, under National Coach Gary Willis.

The 33-year-old was shortlisted along with four other impressive candidates, with the selection panel deeming her experience both in and out of the sport’s high performance and pathway system, significant vision for the program’s future, strong internal values and ability to foster and harness relationships as clear strengths that set her apart from the competition.

Van Asch has donned the green and gold uniform on 264 occasions and boasts three World Championship titles in addition to two Commonwealth Games gold medals, and has enjoyed a seven-year tenure as CEO of Bowls Tasmania.

Through her illustrious stint at the helm of Bowls Tasmania, Van Asch has gained necessary sports management and business skills to flourish in the new national position.

The appointment was welcomed news to the Invermay Club representative, who said she was ecstatic to be undertaking a new national position in her beloved sport.

“I’m really excited to come on board, the High Performance program is an area that I’m incredibly passionate about, so very fortunate to be able to work in it,” she said.

“I’ve always thought that I’m so lucky to have this job as CEO of Bowls Tas because Tassie bowls is something I’m so passionate about, and the one thing that trumps that is my passion for Australian bowls.

“Everyone knows how much I adore the Jackaroos and I love being a part of the team as a player, I’ve seen the program flourish over the past ten years and it is exciting that I can be a part of helping it progress to the next level.

“I would like to thank Bowls Australia President Bob Boorman, CEO Neil Dalrymple and the board for the opportunity.”

Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple said Van Asch would bring an integral level of professionalism and knowledge to the role.

“Rebecca demonstrated a strong vision for the HP program, and her excellent communication skills, strong values, together with her extensive experience in administration and being a strong relationship builder were well articulated,” Dalrymple said.

“She has achieved a great deal as the CEO of Bowls Tasmania, demonstrating her skills both as a leader and a professional administrator, and it’s evident that her career aspirations are to build a longterm career in bowls administration, which is undoubtedly a real passion of hers.

“Rebecca is a very driven and determined person, she doesn’t like to lose and collectively the panel knew that she would carry these traits through to the role, with a real willingness to learn and innovate, among other excellent personal attributes, which will see the program grow and develop to a new level.”

Bowls Australia congratulate Rebecca Van Asch on her appointment.