The newly appointed promoter of the National Championship, Strike 3 Bowling, has today released the schedule of events for the 59th running of the Australian National Championship, which starts on 19 July and runs through until 15 August 2021 at Zone Bowling Moonah in Hobart, Tasmania.
Innovation and aspiration are the key drivers in giving the championship a new look from next year, with a renewed focus on junior and youth bowling to ensure the sport can enjoy a bright and long-term future in Australia.
Positive innovations include the junior and youth championship being held alongside the adults for the first time, with the format of President’s Shield changed to mirror the youth, thus providing greater alignment with international pathways for junior bowlers. Rachuig teams will also have at least one member under 25 to foster the development of our younger athletes. Having our young players all together will also connect our future stars to the world’s best players attending Devil’s Lair Tasmania through a number of engagements and opportunities and the first ever Strike 3 World Championship, which will be live streamed around the world via Flo Bowling after recent successful running’s of the format in the USA.
In providing aspiration to be always improving and ultimately playing in a national championship, bowling will come into line with sports like Netball, Hockey, Soccer, Tennis and Golf all of which provide clear and successful pathways to the elite level. A pinnacle elite level event will also bring more commercial success to the sport, which in turn benefits all registered players.
Name changes will spruce up the look and feel of the championship. Names like Seniors and Grand Seniors, which suggests these events are exclusively for retired people, will be replaced by TBA50 and TBA60 to better describe which age groups are involved. The name Youth has many connotations in sport, this name will be replaced with TBA21 to clearly define which age group this championship is for and thus in all cases, aspiring players can better map out their journey and prospective sponsors have a clearly defined program with which to engage their business through.
Strike 3 Managing Director, Ashlee Carroll said “There are many moving parts to put a schedule like this together. Our research and discussions with mainstream sports clearly showed that innovation, aspiration and change were all needed if we are to deliver successful outcomes over the next three years. Our focus is on juniors, youth and elite level sport, to create the halo effect for bowling, so vital to sports like Netball, Hockey and Soccer, all of whom have grown substantially over the last ten years.
We will develop a number of international standard bowlers in the years ahead, which will in turn inspire more people to go bowling and take up the sport. Australia has over a million netballers because we are so good at netball.”