Bowls England is delighted to announce the appointment of Northumberland’s Sheila Storey as its new Junior Vice-President.
Sheila will begin her term at the Bowls England AGM in February alongside President Deepak Tanna.
Sheila has spent 40 years as an indoor and outdoor bowler, being a member at Hexham House BC then since 2015 at Gosforth West Avenue BC. She remains an active bowler having reached the final of the Women’s Senior Pairs at Victoria Park in 2022.
She is also a proven administrator having served as club and league secretary in addition to serving on the board of EIBA from 2008 when it amalgamated with the EWIBA. She was instrumental in bringing a highly successful U25’s World Championships to her indoor club at West Denton in Newcastle.
In 2012/13 Sheila was EIBA President prior to more recently spending four years in the IIBC/World Bowls Presidential office.
She is currently a selector for the Senior and Under-25 Women’s international indoor squads and works with the U18’s International Manager.
Sheila says she is motivated by “giving something back to bowls” and is very much looking forward to her three-year term within the Presidential team.
“I deem it a great honour to be JVP,” she added. “I feel I have a lot to give this great sport of ours.
“I have seen the Bowls England team in action, firmly believe that the ‘Fit for the Future’ program is the way forward and can’t wait to be part of it.
“I respect those who have gone before me and who have been instrumental in progressing our sport, but we still have a long way to go.
“For example, the Commonwealth Games showed how beneficial televising matches was as they generated conversation and interest, so dialogue must be struck to see how we can attract the cameras.
“I am passionate about the visual promotion of the sport – this is the only way we will get due recognition. Thousands of men, women and children bowl and streaming the game to the general public will provide insight to not just the competitive nature of bowls but the fitness and well-being side of our sport.”