Update from LBNS Board re: COVID-19 Changes to 2020 Season
The Lawn Bowls Nova Scotia Board of Directors met this afternoon (Sunday March 29th, 2020) online regarding the status of the upcoming bowling season and any changes that would need to be made due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic. The following decisions were made:
1- LBNS will cancel all sanctioned Provincial events under our association for the 2020 season (Provincial Playdowns for all events leading to a Canadian Championship, Provincial Triples, Memorial Shield, Clarke, Bluenose).
Bowls Canada Boulingrin has cancelled all Canadian Championships for this season (Juniors, Majors, Senior Triples, Mixed Pairs and Indoor Singles) for the 2020 season. At this time, we are waiting for word on the status of the Atlantic Bowls Championships (scheduled to be held in New Brunswick in September) and will update regarding playdowns for those when we do hear if the event will take place.
The intent of the Board and the Provincial Match Committee is to place focus (if there is any bowling this season) on inter-club competition. Provincial Match Chair Cameron LeFresne will be meeting with his committee regarding those changes and will update as soon as any are made.
2- The decision was made that all representatives that previously earned spots to represent Nova Scotia at the 2020 Canadian Lawn Bowling Championships (Singles, Pairs, Fours) originally scheduled for this August will retain their position on the Provincial team for the 2021 Canadian Lawn Bowling Championship at a date and location to be announced by Bowls Canada Boulingrin in the future. To ensure no conflict of interest on this vote, all members of the board who are members of these teams (Jackie Foster, John Siteman and Ann Marie Siteman) abstained from this vote).
In consideration of the impact that the COVID-19 virus and in line with advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Bowls Canada Board has made the decision to cancel all Bowls Canada sanctioned events for the 2020 season.
Our priority remains the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, employees, volunteers, fans, partners and all associated with the Bowls Canada family. We have been closely following the situation as it unfolds, following the advice of our federal and various provincial governments, health authorities and the Canadian Sport Medicine Advisory Council. We recognize that many of our members fall into the most at risk demographic and decisions were made with a duty of care to protect all members.
CANADIAN SCHEDULE CHANGES
The Bowls Canada Board of Directors held an emergency meeting on Wednesday March 18th where the following decisions were made regarding Bowls Canada sanctioned events and activities.
SUPPORT FROM BOWLS CANADA
Bowls Canada’s plans are to use 2020 to develop programming for both long-term and short-term to provide support to clubs and PSOs.
During this time, it is essential that all Canadians follow the recommendations of their local health agencies, provincial governments and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Local clubs will still need to meet minimum financial obligations and we encourage all bowlers across Canada to continue to support your club and your provincial associations. Even though you may not be on the greens as anticipated this season, your support will ensure that the greens and programs are there for seasons to come.
CONTACTING BOWLS CANADA
At this point, the House of Sport and the Bowls Canada office remains closed until further notice. Our staff are all working remotely to continue to provide support for our membership. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Until we are able to access our office, we will not be able to fill orders.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is continuously monitoring the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as new information becomes available. Updates on COVID-19 can be found at:
We would also like to remind our members of the following international cancellations:
“Bowls Canada and all of our member Provincial Associations and clubs will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe that by working together we will overcome the current health crisis facing, not just Canadians, but people all over the world. These are difficult decisions that are before us, but there is also opportunity to come together in the face of this adversity and rise stronger than ever.
I would like to thank all of our Directors for their commitment and dedication over these last few days. Our staff has also worked tirelessly to stay on top of a situation that has been ever changing with each passing hour and I am extremely grateful for their efforts.
In the meantime, stay healthy. The days of enjoying the great game of bowls together will be with us again before we know it.“