Gary Lawson has quit bowls and says he will not be seen again on New Zealand greens until there is a change of direction at Bowls New Zealand.
In an interview published in the latest edition of NZ Lawn Bowls Magazine, Lawson tells of his frustration with the sport’s hierarchy and his decision to leave his bowls in his bag.
New Zealand’s most successful lawn bowler – his record of 10 national titles, three world titles and numerous centre and club titles attest to that – has long been at loggerheads with the national body and in particular chief executive Kerry Clark.
In his magazine interview, Lawson said: “I will not play in New Zealand again until Kerry Clark retires or resigns.”
Often seen as the “bad boy” of the sport he has dominated for so long, Lawson said he was upset that he had been overlooked in the naming of the national squad, from which the New Zealand team to play World Bowls in Adelaide later this year would be named.
Lawson said he has resigned from his club in Christchurch and would not be playing at the national championships in Taranaki next summer, preferring to spend time with his daughter.
His stand-offs with the national body, Clark and the selectors have been well-documented but Lawson said he was given an indication he would be considered for selection and with it the chance to defend the titles he won at …”
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