Our online vote for the Unsung Hero and Diversity & Inclusion awards is now open. Both awards are decided by public voting, so read the fantastic work the shortlisted nominees have done over the past 12 months, then choose who you think deserves to win the awards!
Voting will close on Thursday 18th January at 5pm so don’t delay.
The winners will be presented with their prize at our glittering awards evening at Athena, Leicester on Saturday 24th February 2024. You can join us for an evening of celebration, camaraderie, and inspiration as we toast to the great achievements in bowls.
“You make a living from what you get. You make a life from what you give.” Our sport is full of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes. This accolade will recognise someone who has contributed impressively to any area of voluntary activity to support the delivery of our sport over the last 12 months.
Bob Morton (Parkway BC, Huntingdonshire)
Bob has managed the Huntingdonshire Middleton Cup team for over two decades with remarkable success. In the previous season, under his leadership, the team reached the last four at Leamington. It was an achievement made even more noteworthy as it occurred without one of their top players, Nick Brett, who was representing England in the World Championships. What sets Bob apart is his dedication to promoting young bowlers – the team he led included a 13-year-old and several players under 25.
Gilly Meadows (Dursley BC, Gloucestershire)
Gilly has been a stalwart of the club’s committee for an impressive 18 years. Gilly’s dedication and vast knowledge of club and county lifecycle have played a pivotal role in shaping the success and vibrancy of Dursley BC. Currently serving as Club Secretary, Ladies’ Captain, Fixture Secretary, Men’s and Ladies’ County and League delegate, Safeguarding Officer, Level Two coach, Fundraising Officer, Grants and PR Officer, Ladies’ Selector, and administrator of various club platforms, Gilly’s involvement spans a multitude of crucial roles.
Kevin Mawson (Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire)
Kevin, a dedicated member of Kingsthorpe BC’s greenkeeping team, devised and executed an innovative project to address the challenges posed by changing weather patterns, aiming to secure our outdoor greens against drought while reducing irrigation costs. Given the expectation of warmer, drier summers, the installation of rainwater storage containers, known as bulk containers, became crucial for sustainable water management.
Matt Hamilton (Illminster BC, Somerset)
Matt, the Outdoor Chairman at Ilminster BC, stands out as a forward-thinking and dedicated individual committed to the club’s growth and community engagement. His strategic initiatives have significantly contributed to the club’s expansion and enhanced relationships.
Diversity and Inclusion Award
Bowls England’s Fit for the Future strategy commits to making our sport truly accessible. We will achieve this by breaking down barriers to participation and embracing everybody, irrespective of their background or circumstance. This accolade celebrates an initiative at club or county level, which has made our sport more equal, diverse and inclusive. It may have inspired under-represented groups to play bowls, modernized our sport’s governance or simply challenged conventional thinking.
Carole Ash (Maldon BC, Essex)
Carole Ash, a remarkable figure whose impact has been transformative for Maldon BC, Essex. As a club captain and a qualified coach, Carole’s unwavering dedication has significantly enriched her bowls community.
West Backwell BC (Somerset)
West Backwell Bowling Club (WBBC) was facing the fear of colsure heading into 2023 after an annual downward trend in memberships since the COVID-19 pandemic. They set out what thriving would look like for the club and its members and born was “Thrive With Bowls.”
Ronnie Ashley (Hurst BC, Berkshire)
For over a decade, Ronnie has been at the forefront of opening up bowls to individuals facing loneliness, isolation, illness, or grief. Her tireless efforts have not only refined the program year by year but have also transformed lives, with many participants transitioning to become full members of our club. Ronnie has exceptionally contributed to bowls and the community through an organisation called Link.