Thanks and farewell to our Regional Bowls Manager, Rob Soward

by Rob McGuire on July 25, 2023

Bowls Australia has recently advised that there will be adjustment to its Regional Bowls Manager (RBMs) program under a revamped Club Support program, that will now comprise a combination of both in-the-field staffing and specialist contractor support to provide assistance to clubs nationwide.   This is due to material ongoing financial challenges faced by Bowls Australia and significant strategic and operational considerations since.

The current set-up of 19 full-time equivalent (FTE) RBM’s, will become 10.5 FTE Club Support Managers (CSMs).   The Bowls Australia re-structure will result in the RBM Tasmania full-time position changing to a 0.5 FTE part-time CSM role.  

As a result of this change, our current RBM Tasmania, Rob Soward, has submitted his resignation effective from Friday, 27 July 2023.

On behalf of the President and Board of Bowls Tasmania, I would like to thank Rob Soward for all his efforts working with clubs, regions and Bowls Tasmania over the past two years.

Rob has worked extremely hard with clubs assisting them in submitting grants, helping them with strategic plans and financial management, introducing Jack Attack kits into schools, connecting clubs  with schools and UTAS for social bowls, encouraging clubs to host rounds of the BPL Cup and a host of other tasks.

In particular, Rob has been a key player in live streaming BTAS events in Tasmania over the past twelve months and has been extremely effective in collecting census data  from almost 100% of clubs in Tasmania (as required by Bowls Australia and BTAS).

Rob’s bright and bubbly personality will certainly be missed around the Tasmanian bowls scene.  

I am sure that all of you will join the Bowls Tasmania Board in thanking Rob for all his efforts  and wishing him the very best for the future.