2019 National President (EWBF)


Carole Swan (Norfolk)

Presidents Address


Although the turn of Norfolk to nominate somebody for President of the EWBF came round sooner than expected, I am honoured that they considered me suitable for the post. I will aim to carry out all duties to the best of my ability and to be a credit to Norfolk and my club, North Walsham New Road. I do not hold any individual National bowls honours but have been part of the county Silver Vase team winning at Skegness. I am a member of the Norfolk County Women’s Bowls Association Committee as a District Secretary, was County President in 2012 and play in the Silver Vase team. I enjoy playing bowls at both club and county level and get great pleasure in sharing in other people’s success and skill. I know I have a great county and club supporting me.

It has been a pleasure working with the other National Officers over the past 2 years, whilst learning the ropes regarding my responsibilities and seeing just how much work is involved to make things run smoothly. Jean Phillips will be a hard act to follow. I look forward to working with Gill Bush (Deputy National President) and Paula Gooch (Junior Deputy) to carry on the good work. I also look forward to meeting bowlers at Newark and Skegness and visiting county team games during the summer season. I wish everyone a good and enjoyable year of bowling at whatever level they play.

My good wishes go the Mick Rayson (EBF President), Mike Carr (Deputy National President) and Trevor Hardingham (Junior Deputy), Trevor being a fellow Norfolk bowler and an ardent Federation supporter.

I hope that the Federation, in particular the EWBF, will be able to resolve the problem of nominees from counties not coming forward to take up National office. If this is not addressed soon it may become unsustainable by the remaining counties, which would be a great shame.

Carole Swan

EWBF President 2019