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Guernsey Ready to Host 2024 World Bowls Indoor Championships

by Karen Rollins Apr 1, 2024

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Anticipation is rising in the Channel Islands as the 2024 World Bowls Indoor Championship is set to be held in Guernsey from 21-27 April 2024.

Over 30 countries will compete in the prestigious event and over 100,000 viewers from around the world are also expected to tune in via the World Bowls social media platform.

Women’s champion Julie Forrest from Scotland will be back to defend the titles that she won in 2023. Former men’s single champion Michael Stepney also from Scotland will also be hard to beat.

In addition to Ms Forrest, Australian newcomer Samantha Atkinson will make her first appearance on the international stage, while 2023 World Bowls Championship women’s singles champion Tayla Bruce from New Zealand will be one of the favourites.

On the men’s side, Ali Forsyth from New Zealand returns to the international stage after his last appearance at the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and last year’s World Champion of Champion winner Daniel Salmon will also take part.

In a press release, World Bowls Chief Executive Officer, Neil Dalrymple, said: “World Bowls, International Indoor Bowls Council (IIBC), and Guernsey Indoor Bowling Association have worked very well in partnership to deliver the 2024 event and we are looking forward to what will be a very competitive competition featuring many world class bowlers together with some players who are new to the world stage.”

Mr Dalrymple added: “We thank the Guernsey Indoor Bowling Association for agreeing to host this event and I believe it’s very important that these events move around the world so that we can showcase the sport to current and prospective bowlers. 

“Having this event in Guernsey demonstrates that World Bowls and the IIBC cares for our smaller member nations and that we are willing to provide them with the opportunity to host these prestigious events.”

Sources: Bailiwick Express and World Bowls.