The 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by Para Handy and Drakes Pride, was created to recognise clubs that provide disabled participation opportunities for their bowlers. This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, showcases the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers around the country, and provide a benchmark for other clubs to aspire to.
All clubs affiliated to either Bowls England or English Indoor Bowling Association that offer opportunities for disabled bowlers are encouraged to nominate. We welcome applications from all clubs working with disabled people, including: running regular sessions for disabled bowlers; positively affecting a disabled person or group’s physical, social and/or mental well-being through bowls; or successfully integrating a number of disabled people into the club. Nominations can be submitted by anyone within the club (e.g. club member, volunteer, coach or committee member), or outside the club (e.g. disabled participant, carer, friend or relative).
Andy Semple from Para Handy said of the Love Fisher Brown Award: “We have been lucky enough to witness first-hand the incredible positive impact of disabled bowlers on the sport of bowling. That is why we at Para-Handy Bowling Wheelchairs are honoured to be associated with the Love-Fisher-Brown award.”
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Entries for the 2019 award are now closed. More information about the 2019 winners and runners-up can be found in the next paragraph. The 2020 nomination window will open in the autumn of 2020. The award guidance notes, nomination form and further information can all be accessed from the attachments below.
2019 LOVE FISHER BROWN AWARD
The prize winners of the 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award are:
- 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award Winners – The Griffin Bowls Club
- 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award Runner Up – Kempston Park Indoor Bowls Club
- 2019 Love Fisher Brown Award Runner Up – Lincoln & District Indoor Bowls Club
Furthermore, for their outstanding achievements over the past year and the quality of their nominations, the following clubs have been Highly Commended: Charnwood Indoor Bowls Club, Oundle Bowling Club, Desborough Indoor Bowls Club.
On behalf of the award panel, George Babalev (Club Development Co-ordinator and Disability Lead for the Bowls Development Alliance) said: “For a second year in a row the standard of the nominations was exceptionally high and the nature of the activities detailed within them were both inspiring and humbling. I congratulate all of this year’s nominated clubs for their commendable efforts towards making the sport and their clubs more inclusive. I hope they all continue to build on the successes of 2019 and progress even further next year in their endeavour to provide opportunities for disabled people to participate in bowls.”
Throughout the next year, Love Fisher Brown Award entrants will be profiled, and their great work showcased. We will soon be uploading case studies about the nominated clubs which you can access as attachments at the bottom of this page.