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History of Bowls Cyprus

 It was in 2006, shortly after the fourth bowling club in Cyprus was formed that senior players gathered together to talk about forming Bowls Cyprus, the aim being to bring bowlers on the island together in a  friendly, competitive environment.

Contact was made with World Bowls headquarters and they sent Ivan Kantor, a senior official based in Israel, to Cyprus to help.

Separate meetings with the four clubs were held during the day before a combined meeting was held in the evening, resulting in the forming of Bowls Cyprus. Originally it was going to be called the Cyprus Bowling Association but the Cyprus Government wanted the word “Federation” in the title, so the new name of Bowls Cyprus was adopted.

 Ivan Kantor put forward a “basic” constitution and shortly after the meeting two representatives from each of the clubs met, several times for several hours, to put together a constitution suitable for bowling in Cyprus.

Once established a competition was arranged amongst all bowlers for a Bowls Cyprus logo.  This was won by Barbara Roberts of the Peyia Bowling Club.

Of the eight people who were on the working party, three remain bowling in Cyprus – Rob Archer (Aphrodite), Linda Ryan (Aliathon) and Roger Shire (Coral Bay).  The remainder have either left the island or sadly passed away.

One of the decisions made was to have a President, appointed every year and put forward by each club in turn.  The first President was Tony Marshall from Aphrodite with Roger Shire Vice President, becoming President the following year.

Executive Officers for the various disciplines were appointed and they met regularly under the guise of a Management Committee, with the full Council, including the appointed Delegates, meeting separately.  Originally it was the President who chaired both these meetings until a change in procedure brought in an elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman and the President took on a non-active role in the running of Bowls Cyprus but was” used”  for special occasions.

The regular meetings of the Council now involve Delegates and Executive Officers together to report and discuss matters but voting on any issues is still with the Delegates who have one vote per club.

 The formation of Bowls Cyprus has seen much activity throughout the years with national leagues and competitions taking place between the four clubs and international representation all over the world as well as test matches, Atlantic Championships and Champion of Champions events occurring in Cyprus.

In fact within weeks of its inception Cyprus hosted the 6th European Championships at the Athena Hotel, the first international event for bowls hosted by Cyprus.

Now close to 10 years existence, Bowls Cyprus continues to work towards a friendly environment that brings together all the bowlers on the island, with differing standards, to ensure they achieve one aim - to enjoy the game of bowls.