Bowls NSW Member Conference & Partner Expo

Bowls NSW is thrilled to announce our upcoming Member Conference & Partner Expo, a must-attend event for all members!

The Conference & Partner Expo will be held at Cabra-Vale Diggers on Thursday 9th November, a fantastic venue with incredible facilities. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience full of inspiration, networking and celebration!

Thank you to our Event Partners


Registrations to the Member Conference have closed.


Cabra-Vale Diggers Club | 1 Bartley St, Canley Vale NSW 2166 | Thursday 9th November

Conference Schedule

Take part in a day of information, knowledge and skill sharing for all members

Listen to the Keynote Address from John Eales AM and witness a Bowls Technical Masterclass hosted by Karen Murphy AM

Click here to view the pdf version of the Member Conference Schedule

Member Conference Schedule
Attendees can elect to sit in on multiple sessions across our four conference streams
9:00amConference Centre and Registration Desk opens at Cabra-Vale Diggers. Coffee & Tea provided to attendees.
9:45amWelcome and Housekeeping from Bowls NSW CEO – Tim Rowe
10:00am – 10:45amKeynote address from John Eales AM

John Eales is the most successful Captain in the history of Australian Rugby. With the nickname “Nobody”, because “Nobody’s perfect”, John joins us to provide an insightful keynote address into his success both on and off the playing field. One of the great Australian sportspeople, John is an inspiring human and his story will capture the room and set the tone for the day ahead. Towards the end of this session, you will have the opportunity to ask John some questions about his career.
Stream 1*Stream 2*Stream 3*Stream 4*
11:00am – 11:40amMembership Engagement
and Growth
Bowls Technical Masterclass
hosted by Karen Murphy AM
BowlsLink BasicsThe Roles & Responsibilities of a Bowling Club Executive
11:45am – 12:25pmMembership Engagement
and Growth
Bowls Technical Masterclass
hosted by Karen Murphy AM
BowlsLink BasicsThe Roles & Responsibilities of a Bowling Club Executive
12:30pm – 1:20pmLunch – provided
1:20pm – 2:00pmJunior ProgramsBowls Technical Masterclass
hosted by Karen Murphy AM
BowlsLink BasicsUmpires Update
2:05pm – 2:45pmJunior ProgramsBowls Technical Masterclass
hosted by Karen Murphy AM
BowlsLink BasicsMatch Update
2:50pm – 3:10pmAfternoon tea – provided
3:10pm – 3:50pmBowls NSW Zone and District Unification Update

Hear from Bowls NSW CEO Tim Rowe and the Zone and District Unification Committee as they provide updates on the processes being undertaken to reform the Governance structures of our sport. There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions towards the end of the presentation.
3:55pm – 4:35pm‘On the couch’ panel discussion with Bowls Australia CEO and Club Support Managers

Hear from our panelists on the direction of Bowls nationally and in NSW. In addition, This will be a moderated session where the audience can ask questions to the panel, with a Lucky Door Major Prize Giveaway courtesy of our Friends at P&O Cruises drawn at the end of the session.
4:40pm – 5:30pmSocial drinks, networking and partner expo

Join us after the conference for a social drink on us, and an opportunity to rub shoulders with presenters from the day and colleagues within the industry while you peruse the exhibitions and stalls our partners have on display.

Member Conference Stream Details

  • Hear from three clubs who grapple with the challenges of member engagement, retention and growth. Hear about the challenges that are common across the Bowls Community and existing and emerging strategies to assist in retaining and growing your club membership base.
  • Join us for a session full of incredible insights from the Queen of Bowls in Australia, Karen Murphy. Karen will take you through hints and tips on the best ways to improve your game and provide you with some great take aways on how to master the sport of bowls. This is your opportunity to hear from one of the best players to ever grace the greens!
  • Join BowlsLink Coordinator Ben Krikstolitis for a session covering the basics of BowlsLink. This will be an informative session for those starting out on their BowlsLink journey with interactive portions where members are encouraged to ask questions and seek answers to matters relating to the database. So come prepared!
  • We often are asked what the role of the President, Secretary and Treasurer are specifically within the Bowls Community. Hear from club experts in relation to the definition of these roles within a Club framework, their experiences overseeing bowls operations with a club and some best practice and practical solutions to ensuring your club is Governed to the highest level.
  • Hear from leaders in the Bowls Club industry and from a leader in the school sport industry on best practice programs and initiatives to drive engagement with bowls through our younger generations. We are constantly reminded that attracting and retaining youth within our sport is a major challenge for clubs, and this session will equip you with some key learnings on how to develop a great junior bowls program for your club.
  • Officiating in bowls is an art and it is underpinned by an incredible group of volunteers across our State. In this session, NOAG representative Andrew Lynn will provide an in depth analysis into current umpiring processes within New South Wales. He will also provide an insight into the officiating pathway towards becoming an ITO. This session will equip you with the knowledge needed to understand what it takes to be an umpire.
  • Hear from members of the Bowls NSW Sport team as they discuss the latest changes to the Bowls NSW Conditions of Play documents and share useful hints and tips on how to effectively structure competitions.

Partner Expo

Engage in our partner expo throughout the day featuring stalls from industry partners and Bowls NSW sponsors! Stalls will be open and accessible all day to Member Conference attendees.

Accommodation Offers

Take advantage of the special accommodation offers below exclusive to Bowls NSW Member Conference attendees.

The William Inglis Hotel are offering discounted room rates from $200 per room per night.

The William Inglis Hotel Discounted Rates

To book, contact (02) 9058 0353 and provide your guest details, room type you wish to reserve, arrival and departure dates along with credit card details. Reference ‘CABRA-VALE DIGGERS’ to claim the discounted rate.

The Holiday Inn Wawrick Farm are offering a special rate of $199 bed & breakfast per room per night.

To book, click the link below to access the special rates and confirm your details.

Holiday Inn Wawrick Farm Special Rates

Quest Apartments Liverpool are offering 10% off daily rates for Member Conference attendees. Contact between 10am – 10pm by phone or email quoting ‘Bowls New South Wales’ to receive 10% off.

P: +61 2 8738 0800