Celebrating 40 years Beth Young Retirement

Celebrating Over 40 Years of Commitment to Bowls

by Marketing on September 15, 2023

After more than forty years Beth Young, a well-respected South Australian known across Australia for her expertise and commitment to the sport of lawn bowls recently retired. Throughout this time Beth was honoured with Life Membership of Bowls SA, Region 2 Yorke Peninsula, the Southern Yorke Peninsula Women’s Bowling Association, and the Yorketown Bowling Club in recognition of her tireless service to the bowls community. Beth’s awards, honours, achievements and club, association, region and state positions (listed below) are a testament of her dedication to the sport of lawn bowls.

In 2001 Beth was appointed as Chair of the SA Women’s Bowling Association Umpires Committee and following the merger to Bowls SA in 2003 has continued to hold that position with Bowls SA.

Beth became a Level 3 Umpire in 2004, was subsequently appointed to the Bowls Australia Umpires Committee in 2005 and continued to serve for over 10 years.

Beth has also been busy in other areas of the sport, being a qualified Level 2 Coach, Club, Association and Region Selector and board member for her club, Mt Barker.

Her ongoing dedication to ensuring that the level of knowledge of qualified umpires is maintained and new candidates are mentored through the process of accreditation speaks highly of her ability to inspire potential officials with the same generosity, love and commitment to the sport.

In 2010 Beth became an accredited International Technical Official and worked with Bowls Australia to ensure that South Australia had sufficient ITOs to meet the requirements for the Asia Pacific Championships and 2012 World Bowls held in Adelaide.

The commitment of Beth as an ITO during the most prestigious event on the bowls calendar, World Bowls 2012, highlighted not only the breadth of her knowledge but her expertise as a mentor to other ITOs and umpiring officials.

The success of World Bowls 2012 can be attributed to the support of many people but the expertise of officials such as Beth Young, as a leader and mediator was crucial in seeing the officials remained focused, unbiased, above reproach.

Beth certainly has been a star official and worthy of Life Membership of Bowls SA.

We all wish Beth a happy healthy retirement and thank you for your immense contribution, especially to educating officials.


Life Member of Bowls SA

Life Member Yorketown Bowling Club

Life Member Southern Yorke Peninsula WBA

Life Member Region 2 Yorke Peninsula

Certificate of Appreciation – Masters Games (2)

Certificate of Appreciation for Service- Premier SA, Mike Rann


Country Round Robin – Skipper since 1985

Country Carnival fours – winners

Country Carnival pairs – winners

Yorketown BC – 16 Club Championships

Yorketown BC – 6 Pairs Club Championships

SYPWBA – 10 Champion of Champions Singles

SYPWBA – 4 Champion of Champion Pairs

Region 2 – Champion of Champion Pairs

Mt Barker BC – 3 Club Champion Singles

HWBA – 2 Champion of Champion Singles

Region 6 – 2 Champion of Champion Singles

Region 6 – Champion of Champion Fours

Region 6 – Champion of Champion Triples


DATE                   DETAIL

1982                    Became Level 1 Umpire

1989                    Became Level 2 Umpire

                            Became Tutor for SYPWBA

1992-1999          Country Councillor

1996                    Level 2 Coach

1999-2003          Executive Member Region 2

2001-2003          SAWBA Chair of Umpires

2003                    Elected Country Vice President

                            Coaching Coordinator for Region 2

                            Bowls SA Chairman of Umpires

2003-2008          Bowls SA Councillor

                            Region 2 Chairman

2004                    Became Level 3 Umpire

2005                   Appointed on Bowls Australia Umpires Committee

2010                    Became an International Technical Official

Bowls Australia Accredited Club Coach

Bowls Australia Accredited Officials Presenter and Assessor

                            President Yorketown BC for 2 years

                            President SYPWBA for 2 years

                            Bowls SA Coaching Committee for 2 years

                            Region 6 Umpires Co-Ordinator

                            Tutor for Hills Bowling Association

                            Selector for Mount Barker BC

                            Selector for Hills WBA

                            Selector for Region 6

                            Board Member for Mount Barker BC