High Performance Funding Update

Bowls NZ

Bowls New Zealand CEO Mark Cameron is pragmatic about the organisation’s reduced high performance funding for 2019.

Bowls will receive $200,000 from High Performance Sport New Zealand next year, after HPSNZ invested $250,000 in 2018.

The investment returned two medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, with Jo Edwards winning gold in the women’s singles and Bruce Wakefield, Mark Noble and Barry Wynks silver in the B6/7/8 para triples.

Cameron says while they are disappointed with the reduced funding, they accept they didn’t deliver what they said at the Commonwealth Games.

“We targeted four to five medals and only got two…simple as that,” he said.

“There is a consequence to this, and we not only need to accept this, but adapt.”

Mark Cameron acknowledges the reduction in funding leaves a hole but “our job is to bridge the gap”.

“Over the past six months, we have invested a considerable amount of time preparing a new high performance strategy for the period of 2019-2022,” Cameron said.

“We look forward to working with HPSNZ on delivering this strategy over the coming months and years.”

The New Zealand high performance squad for 2019 will be announced in the New Year after the Summerset National Singles and Pairs in Auckland from January 2-8.

The Blackjacks will head to the Gold Coast in June for the Asia-Pacific Championships, followed by the Trans-Tasman later in the year in the lead-up to the 2020 World Championships on the GC.