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Proposed Representative DBE Team England for IBD World Championships

Sue Davies (DBE Performance & Team Manager) is pleased to announce our proposed REPRESENTATIVE DBE Team England for the International Bowls for the Disabled World Championships 18-31 May 2024 in South Africa.

Congratulations to everyone selected.

Classification Name Club County
B1 Keith Brenton Lyndhurst BC Durham
B2 Ron Homer Yeovil BC Somerset
B2 Marjorie Convey West Harrow BC Middlesex
B3 John Hollowell Bridgman BC Bedfordshire
  Lidka Hollowell Bridgman BC Bedfordshire
  Kelvin Horriben   Nottinghamshire
  Nigel Morgan Haydon Wick BC Wiltshire
  Moira Sheehan   Nottinghamshire
B6 Colin Wagstaff Oakham BC Leicestershire
B7 Colin Milner Hoddesdon & Rye Park BC Hertfordshire
B7 Jack Pullin Bredon BC Worcestershire
B7 Jennie Sandford Lindfield BC Sussex
B7 Luke Smith Byefield BC Northamptonshire
B7 Jonathan Stokes Luton Town BC Bedfordshire
B8 Dave Fisher Colchester West End BC Essex
B8 Mike McDonagh Cheam BC Surrey
B8 Anthony Page Congresbury BC Somerset


  1. We have announced our Team early so fund raising can take place.
  2. This event is totally self funded at the moment.
  3. We are still waiting for final Confirmation of number of counties and which classification are attending.
  4. A minimum of four entries for any classification competition is required. If less than four entries are received that classification competition will not take place.

Once we have received more information and answers to all our questions, WE WILL THEN FINALLY DECIDE BEFORE THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER 2023 IF DBE TEAM ENGLAND WILL BE ATTENDING THIS EVENT

IBD world championships 2024 – FINAL confirmation

IBD world championships 2024

We have had FINAL confirmation that the IBD world championships 2024 will go ahead as planned at EKURHULENI, SOUTH AFRICA 2024 Between 18 & 31 May 2024

DBE intend to send a competitive team to these World Championships and will depart London Heathrow on the 15 May arrive Johannesburg 16 May return depart Johannesburg 1st June arrive London Heathrow 2 June.

At the moment we have been informed 12 para countries have registered there intention to travel to the world championships.

The revised estimated cost of this package is between £2200 and £2500 per person self funded

The travel package includes:
International flights and airport taxes with Virgin Atlantic
Return airport/hotel transfers
16 nights hotel accommodation twin share on dinner B&B
Return Transfers to bowls venues
2 practice days before championships
Entry into the classification singles and pairs championships (subject to number of entries per classification)
IBD world championships entry fee

We have extended the deadline to anyone else (B1to B8) who wishes to be considered for the IBD World Championships 2024 until Monday 11 Sept, please email for more information.

EUBA approve Laser Measure

The English Bowls Bowls Association (EBUA) have now approved Laser Measures for use by Umpires as an piece of additional equipment that they may want to carry.


World Bowls do not “approve” or “endorse” measuring equipment. If an item complies with the Laws of the Sport, then it is for the Member National Authorities (MNAs) to approve the types of measuring equipment for carrying out umpire duties

as stated in Law 54.9


The manufacturer, Bowlsline, market their measures “as approved by World Bowls”.

In its guidance of October 2020, the World Bowls Laws Committee stated, “The World Bowls Laws Committee does not need to give permission for new measuring devices (each MNA has this authority), but the LC will comment if they do not comply with the

Laws of the Sport.


The laser measure may be used as an alternative to the box measure, Due to a variation in tolerances among laser measure models and as they do not measure directly between the nearest points of the jack and a bowl, there is a recommended minimum distance for their use of 300 mm.

The maximum distance for using a laser measure can vary, depending on the ambient lighting conditions, the measuring range of the laser beam, and the reflectivity of the target. For example it is unlikely that a commercially available measure will be powerful enough to be able to measure a minimum jack length or determine a line bowl or jack.


There are now several models of available laser measures for bowlers. Each model has a unique design and instructions on their use. Laser measures should be used with a degree of caution. All laser models display metric units to three decimal places (i.e. 1 mm), but their technical specifications indicate various levels of typical measuring accuracy, ranging between +/-1 mm and +/-3 mm.

Another limitation of any laser measure is that it can only be used when the jack and all bowls are on the green, and nothing is in the ditch. The laws state that any measurement involving the jack or a bowl in the ditch must be carried out using a flexible or string measure whenever possible.


The most accurate laser measure is the Bowlsline model, and this is the one recommended for use by EBUA umpires.


With this update, we will now allow them to be used by members 

DBE Selected Team

Sue Davies DBE Performance & Team Manager announces the

England Test Match Outdoor Team v Scotland 1 & 2nd September, Ayr Scotland

B2 Sarah Marshall – Berkhamsted BC Hertfordshire

* B2 Kevin Betteridge – Hewll BC, Worcestershire

* B3 David Wood Taunton Deane BC. Somerset

B4 Sally-Ann Lewis-Wall – Kingscroft BC Leicestershire

VIs Directors

* Nigel Morgan – Haydon Wick BC Wiltshire

*Jayne Sippitts – Hewell BC, Worcestershire

Elizabeth Shipley – Hinckley BC Leicestershire

Chris Venn – Lillington BC Warwickshire

*B6 Colin Wagstaff, Oakham BC Leicestershire

B6 Craig Bowler – Wellingborough BC Northamptonshire

B7 Colin Milner – Hoddesdon & Rye Park BC HertfordshireB7 Jonathan Stokes – Luton Town BC Bedfordshire

* B8 Mike McDonagh – Cheam BC Surrey

B8 Anthony Page – Congresbury BC Somerset

B8 Mike Robertson – Parkway BC Huntingdonshire (Captain)

B8 Kieran Rollings – Kettering Lodge BC Northamptonshire

* New England International Cap