Celebrating Over 40 Years of Commitment to Bowls
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.
AWARDS, AND HONOURS:
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
COMPETITIVE BOWLING ACHIEVEMENTS
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
POSITION HELD AT CLUB/ASSOCIATION/REGION/STATE LEVEL
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