Nelson Pine Industries managing director Murray Sturgeon, second from right, with, from left, Bowls Nelson's Errol Beattie, New Zealand bowls coach Dave Edwards, Bowls Nelson chair Colleen Earl and New Zealand bowls representative Jo Edwards, at the Richmond Bowling Club last week. Photo: Simon Bloomberg.

Nelson Pine Industries backs local bowls

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Bowls Nelson received a significant vote of confidence last Tuesday when it was announced that it will be sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries for the next three years.

The announcement completed a big week for Bowls Nelson after five of its players were named in the 10-player team for the world championships in Christchurch from November 29 to December 11. Although the sport is already in top shape in Nelson, national coach Dave Edwards says the Nelson Pine Industries sponsorship will “help the Nelson production line going”.

“It’s a major boost for the sport here,” Dave says. “Nelson Pine is a great sponsor of sport in Nelson and Bowls Nelson is fortunate to have them on board.”

Nelson Pine Industries managing director Murray Sturgeon says they are pleased to be supporting a sport that has such high levels of participation and achievement in Nelson. He says sponsoring Bowls Nelson will ensure that their support will benefit all 13 bowling clubs and their players in the Nelson-Tasman region.

“We have sponsored various clubs over the years but, on this occasion, we are sponsoring Bowls Nelson which covers all the clubs,” Murray says.

Bowls Nelson board member Errol Beattie says they are delighted to secure the “significant” sponsorship which will be used to fund the men’s and women’s representative teams.

“Nelson Pine Industries is a very community-oriented business and are very heavily involved with sponsoring many sports and community organisation in the Nelson region, ” Errol says. “Bowls Nelson is thrilled to have joined that list.”

Errol says the funding will help the men’s and women’s teams maintain the momentum they have gained over the last five years. The teams have an outstanding record at national inter-centre level with the women winning in 2012 and 2014 and finishing second in 2013, 2015, 2016, and the men winning twice in the last five years.

“For the size of our centre, that’s a mighty achievement,” Errol says.

The Nelson bowlers named in the New Zealand team for the world champs are Jo Edwards, Val Smith, Kirsten Edwards, Shannon McIlroy and Ali Forsyth. Jo and Val will surpass 500 international caps during the champs, with Val presently on 493 and Val on 485.