Recognised as one of the oldest of all ball games, lawn bowls (bowls) provides an inclusive environment for players of all ages and abilities to play socially or competitively.
Contact your local lawn bowls club for information about trying the sport and membership benefits. For a list of lawn bowls clubs in your area, visit Bowls Queensland.
Bowlers with a vision impairment can also bowl with Queensland Blind Bowlers Association in some regions.
If you would like assistance making contact with your local lawn bowls club, please contact Bowls Queensland.
Coaching and development opportunities are provided through local lawn bowls clubs and governing bodies for the sport.
Competition opportunities and pathways
There are opportunities at club, district, state, national and international level for bowlers. Bowlers with a disability can compete in Bowls Queensland’s Multi-Disability Bowls State Championships as well as national events including Bowls Australia’s Australian Open, Wheelchair Sports Australia’s and Australian Blind Bowlers Association’s National Championships.
Bowlers need to be classified to compete at state, national and international level.
Lawn bowls requires a set of bowls and suitable shoes. Specialised equipment that assists players to pick up their ball can be purchased from most bowls shops. Download the Lawn Bowls Wheelchair Guidelines. Our Association has specialised bowls wheelchairs for hire. For more information on guidelines for wheelchairs and a list of suppliers and manufacturers, click here .
You don’t have to bowl to be involved. You can make a contribution as a volunteer, coach, team manager, umpire, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact your local lawn bowls club.
Working with mainstream sport
We are pleased to welcome Bowls Queensland as part of the Sports CONNECT Queensland network as the organisation aims to develop more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in lawn bowls as bowlers, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.