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Indoor bowls

Indoor Bowls

Indoor bowls is a very popular sport in communities across New Zealand. It is relatively easy to learn and is played by all ages of both sexes.

In 1984 Special Olympics awarded Indoor Bowls the status of a “locally popular sport” played in New Zealand and it was introduced by Special Olympics New Zealand later that year. Because it is a local sport, there is no international competition pathway through Special Olympics.

Athletes can compete in singles, doubles, triples and team events. Opposing players or teams play on a matting surface measuring 22ft long by 6ft wide and use wooden bowls biased by shaping them in a similar manner to lawn bowls. Balls are played to a target ball called a “jack”.

Coaching resources

Indoor bowls rules
Special Olympics Indoor bowls competition guidelines

For more information about indoor bowls please contact:

Craig Whiteside

National Coach - New Zealand Indoor Bowls

Ngaire Drake

Executive Officer - New Zealand Indoor Bowls

Mike Ryan

National Sports and Coaching Director

+64 6 350 2957
+64 27 548 4824

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