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Event History

The World Bowls Championships came into being for men in 1966, when the Commonwealth Games host that year, Kingston, Jamaica, could not hold the usual tournament - they did not have any greens!

Next held in 1972/3, with the women's event added but at a different time and venue, from then on the world championships  tournaments have been held on a four-yearly cycle in between Commonwealth Games events.

Last held in 2004, the men's event at Ayr in Scotland, and the women's at Royal Leamington Spa, England.

In 2008 the men's and women's events will be brought together for the first time ever, with Christchurch, New Zealand, being the host city.

Men's Tournaments

1st World Bowls

1966

Kyeemagh

New South Wales, Australia

2nd World Bowls

1972

Worthing

England

3rd World Bowls

1976

Johannesburg

South Africa

4th World Bowls

1980

Frankston

Victoria, Australia

5th World Bowls

1984

Aberdeen

Scotland

6th World Bowls

1988

Auckland

New Zealand

7th World Bowls

1992

Worthing

England

8th World Bowls

1996

Lockleys

Adelaide, Australia

9th World Bowls

2000

Johannesburg

South Africa

10th World Bowls 2004 Ayr Scotland
 
Women's Tournaments
 

1st World Bowls

1966

Melbourne

Australia

2nd World Bowls

1973

Wellington

New Zealand

3rd World Bowls

1977

Beach House Park

Worthing, England

4th World Bowls

1981

Willowdale, North York

Ontario, Canada

5th World Bowls

1985

Melbourne

Australia

6th World Bowls

1988

Auckland

New Zealand

7th World Bowls

1992

Ayr

Scotland

8th World Bowls

1996

Victoria Park

Royal Leamington Spa, England

9th World Bowls

2000

Moama

Australia

10th World Bowls 2004 Victoria Park Royal Leamington Spa, England

Previous Winners

The winners lists of both the men's and women's World Bowls Championships can be found here

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