Wayne Ruediger Announces Retirement From International Bowls

by Marketing on September 2, 2022

Image: Aidan Davis | Bowls Australia

After a decade of representing Australia on the world stage, gold medallist and former world champion Wayne Ruediger has announced his retirement. Clocking in at 211 international appearances, Ruediger has stepped back to spend more time with family.

“There’s a few reasons that have contributed to this decision, but ultimately the commitment required from a time and effort perceptive is the main factor; I’d like to be able to spend more time with my wife and kids,” Ruediger said.

“I’ve played at this level for 10 years and it’s fair to say that it can be a bit taxing after a while, and the nature of the event calendar is quite hectic, particularly leading up Commonwealth Games and World Bowls Championships.

“Going away to the UK for two-and-a-half weeks to trial for the Commonwealth Games team really put things into perspective – my kids are all sporty and I want to be there to support them and run them around to all their trainings and games.

“I still love bowls; I’m just taking a little bit of a step back and cutting the international commitments, so I have more time for my family.”

Ruediger is still planning to play at a state level, as part of Grange Bowling Club and the Adelaide Pioneers Bowls Premier League Team.

Club: Grange
State: South Australia
Cap. Number: 136
International appearances: 211
Australian debut: 2012

International playing achievements:
• 2019 Multi-Nations – Overall Team/Overall Men’s Champions
• 2019 Multi-Nations – Gold – Fours
• 2019 Multi-Nations – Bronze – Triples
• 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations – Gold – Triples
• Seven-time Trans Tasman champion
• 2016 Six Nations International – Silver – Fours
• 2015 Asia Pacific Championships – Silver – Fours
• 2015 Asia Pacific Championships- Bronze – Triples
• 2014 Commonwealth Games – Bronze – Fours
• 2012 World Championships – Gold – Fours
• 2012 World Championships – Silver – Triples
• 2012 SA International Series – Gold – Triples
• 2012 SA International Series – Overall Team Champion

Thanks to Bowls Australia for their write-up