Nelson’s superstar bowls duo has been crowned champions of champions.
Shannon McIlroy and Jo Edwards have firmly stamped their mark as two of the world’s best singles exponents by taking out the 2018 World Champion of Champion Singles titles in Sydney.
In blistering heat, both Shannon and Jo stormed their way to the silverware.
Jo, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, defeated Malaysia’s Alyani Jamil in the women’s final at the St Johns Park Bowling Club in New South Wales.
She was able to secure a 10-7, 10-3 victory in the contest to become the first player to win the event on two occasions.
A commanding performance in the second set saw Jo stride out to a comfortable lead, a lead she failed to relinquish as she coasted to a straight-sets win to take out gold.
Jo progressed after beating Tammy Tham of Singapore 10-1, 10-2 in her semi.
Her maiden victory at the tournament came back in 2011 when she triumphed in Hong Kong.
Jo now boasts 12 majors, making her the most successful competitor in bowls history.
Meanwhile, Shannon ensured double success for New Zealand after prevailing in the men’s event.
He faced Hong Kong’s Tony Cheung, the Asian Championships silver medallist, in the final.
Shannon would secure an 8-3, 9-2 victory to secure the title.
He is the first male to hold both this title and the World Championship Singles at the same time.
Shannon says it was a very proud moment for him. “It took a lot of games to win to just make it to the event then to play another 15 games on top is pretty massive.”
He says every international event is tough. “The players are so good these days compared to 10 years ago, so you have to be on your game to win.”
The world champion says to be the only player to have held the world’s and world champ of champs at the same time is a huge achievement.
“I’m absolutely stoked that I’m the person to achieve it.”