- Minister for Sport, Nigel Huddleston, carried out the official draw for the Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls competition
- 24 different nations and territories will compete with several home nation battles lined up for the early rounds of the competition
- The Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls tournament will be held at Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa from 29 July until 6 August
- Tickets currently available for all Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls sessions. Tickets cost £22 for adults and £8 for under 16s
The Minister for Sport, Nigel Huddleston, visited Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa on Thursday evening (7 July) to carry out the official draw for seven of the 11 medal events that make up the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls competition at Birmingham 2022.
The seedings for the competition are done based on the results from Gold Coast 2018 with any new teams that did not compete four years ago being added to the different sections (pools) through the draw process.
The draw was therefore carried out for the women’s singles, the men’s singles, the men’s pairs, the women’s triples, the men’s fours, the Para men’s pairs and the Para women’s pairs.
The eyes of some of the home nations will be firmly fixed on section B of the Women’s Singles with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all drawn together and in the Women’s Pairs there is a similar scenario in section C with Scotland, England and Northern Ireland all playing one another in the group stage.
Intriguing groups have also emerged in the men’s triples and the men’s fours with section D in the former featuring Canada, England, Malaysia and South Africa and section A of the latter featuring reigning champions Scotland, New Zealand, South Africa, Jersey and Malta.
All of the Para Lawn Bowls competitions will be round robin events with each team in each of the three competitions playing one another.
Lawn bowls will be one of the hottest tickets for British fans at Birmingham 2022 with home nation teams drawn together across the medal events
The Para events for this sport include mixed pairs for players with a visual impairment and men’s pairs and women’s pairs for B6 to B8 athletes (ambulant and wheelchair bowlers). England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have pairs entered in all three competitions.
Gary Smith, Chief Executive of World Bowls said: "With the draw now completed the stage is now set for the Commonwealth's best players to exhibit their high-class talents and to showcase our sport to a global audience. We are all looking forward to an exciting event in a superb setting at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.”
Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Nigel Huddleston said: “Lawn bowls will be one of the hottest tickets for British fans at Birmingham 2022 with home nation teams drawn together across the medal events.
“Victoria Park is a stunning setting for the lawn bowls and Para lawn bowls and it’s great to see how investment from the Commonwealth Games will leave a real legacy for this venue and the local community.”
Matt Kidson, Director of Sport for Birmingham 2022, said: “It’s great that the draw for Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls has now been completed. With the world’s best players taking part, it’s going to be an exciting competition and a really popular sport during the Games.
“Victoria Park is going to be a superb venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Our temporary infrastructure is currently being installed and we can’t wait for the teams to arrive to play in this fantastic setting.”
The draw, which took place next to the bowling greens in Victoria Park, was also attended by Andrew Day, Warwick District Council Leader, who said: “It was fantastic to welcome the Minister of Sport to Victoria Park, who referred to the greens as the ‘Wimbledon of lawn bowls!’
“It was an opportunity to show the tremendous amount of work that’s gone in over the past few years to make this a world-class facility. With just three weeks to go until the Games it’s all systems go and we’re excited and ready to be welcoming the thousands of visitors and spectators over the summer.”
Full details for all eleven medal events are now available at Birmingham 2022.com, where you can also take a look at the schedule and buy tickets for the competition which will get underway on Friday 29 July. Tickets for this sport cost £22 for adults and £8 for under 16s and are currently available for every single Lawn Bowls and Para Lawns Bowls session.