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If you were granted three wishes for the future of bowls, what would you ask for? Nationwide Bowler special correspondent Barry Strain put this question to some of the most influential figures in the game we all love – and they provided some interesting, if at times, rather predictable answers


I WISH, I WISH, I WISH!


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ritish Isles Bowls Council Honorary Secretary Duncan McLaren said: “If I had three wishes, I’d want more positive press


and magazine coverage of the sport; I’d want better competitions that cover all age groups; and I’d want a more streamlined system of governing bodies and associations.” The sheer number of governing bodies in


the game is something which came in for much comment among our poll. Nationwide Bowler Editor Brian Henson wrote


of his confusion about the bowls hierarchy in the very first issue of the magazine under Connect’s stewardship. And even then, he admits, he didn’t manage to name them all! For novices, the bureaucracy of the sport can be particularly confusing and, it’s possible, may have put some off the competitive element of the sport altogether unless they have a particularly clued-in secretary/clubmate. The numerous rules and regulations that govern


world and national organisations for indoor, lawn and crown bowls may also play their part in confusing the unwary. Even seasoned bowlers find it difficult to navigate


through the administrative maze. World number 16 bowler Nicky Brett would love to see the unification of the sport’s governing bodies, and, like Duncan, wants to see more competitions for junior bowlers. He and others also want to see the dress code relaxed to introduce more colour to the sport. While the traditions and etiquette of the game are, of course, important, some of these could stop


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