Australia’s golden haul at the IBBA World Championships


Australia has secured six gold medals, one silver and one bronze in a highly successful 2017 International Blind Bowls Association (IBBA) World Championships in South Africa (20-31 March).

In total, the Australian team claimed eight of the possible 12 medals (including seven claimed by Queensland athletes Jenny Skinner, Lynne Seymour, Dennis Wormald, Joy Forster and Marian Morrison) on offer during the benchmark event. 

Australia claim eight of a possible 12 medals at the World Blind Bowls Championships (Photo: Bowls Australia)
Australia claim eight of a possible 12 medals at the World Blind Bowls Championships (Photo: Bowls Australia)

The final day’s play saw another two Australian pairs combinations walk away with silverware, a further gold and bronze added to the Australians’ overwhelming medal tally. 

The B4 Mixed Pairs team of Lynne Seymour and Dennis Wormald added a second medal to their collection, and a dual gold for Lynne Seymour, adding to the gold medal she won in the B4 Women’s Singles. 

Dennis Wormald converted his fortunes from the singles final on the penultimate day, turning a silver medal winning performance in the B4 Men’s Singles to a Mixed Pairs gold, ensuring he also leaves South Africa a World Champion. 

Wayne Thomson (NSW) was already a B1 Men’s Singles World Champion; however he wasn’t done just yet, teaming up with international debutant Jenny Skinner to claim bronze in the B1 Mixed Pairs. 

Joy Forster and director Bruce Jones finished their campaign with gold medals from their two disciplines contested; the B2 women’s singles and mixed pairs. Forster won four out of five matches in each discipline.

Marian Morrison claimed the B3 women’s singles gold medal, having won all six preliminary matches leading into the final, which she drew against South Africa’s May Homer, but took the golden medallion on a count-back of margins.

The Australian medal winners are as follows – 

Final Day’s results:

B1 Mixed Pairs: Jenny Skinner & Wayne Thomson – Bronze
B4 Mixed Pairs: Lynne Seymour & Dennis Wormald – Gold

Penultimate Day’s results:

B1 Men’s Singles: Wayne Thomson – Gold
B1 Women’s Singles: Jenny Skinner – Fourth
B2 Women’s Singles: Joy Forster – Gold
B2 Mixed Pairs: Ralph Simpson & Joy Forster – Gold
B3 Women’s Singles: Marian Morrison – Gold
B4 Men’s Singles: Dennis Wormald – Silver
B4 Women’s Singles: Lynne Seymour – Gold

Original articles published by Bowls Australia, republished with permission.
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