WELL-KNOWN Guernsey bowls identity Garry Collins has won a seat on the World Bowls board following a recent election for the vacant Europe Region post in which he was one of three candidates.

An international competitor, senior Bowls Guernsey official and leading sports administrator within the Channel Islands, Mr Collins also brings a wealth of corporate and local government experience to his new role as Regional Director for Europe including the British Isles.

His appointment will be ratified on December 5 at the World Bowls Biennial Council Meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand, during the 2016 World Bowls Championships, and his term of office will commence thereafter.

Similarly, fellow Regional Directors Karen Murphy and John McArdle will also commence their next two-year terms following the meeting.

Australia’s Karen Murphy was re-elected unopposed to her position as Regional Director for Asia and Oceania, as was South Africa-based John McArdle, who continues as Regional Director for Africa and the Americas.

Garry Collins replaces Bowls England’s Andy Ewens, who did not seek re-election after an initial two-year stint, citing family reasons for his retirement.

Photo: New World Bowls board member Garry Collins from Bowls Guernsey.