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Some people dream of success. I have achieved the Measure of Success.


Selected as a member of the elite squad of WBT TV Offcials in 2001, I am proud to have experienced the very pinnacle of the Indoor sport and mixed with players who have proved to be the best of the best.



World Indoor Pairs and Singles: 2001 to present

International Open: 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008 & 2015

Scottish International Open: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012 to 2015, 2017, 2022

Welsh International Open: 2009, 2011 & 2012

Co-Operative Funeralcare World Matchplay: 2007



After passing through a rigorous selection process in 2001, just 2 years after my first International event, I was proud to attend the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002.​ This was topped by having the opportunity to mark the blue ribband Mens Singles Final.

In 2022 I will attend my sixth consecutive games in Birmingham, UK as Chief Technical Official.


XVII Commonwealth Games 2002 - Manchester

XVIII Commonwealth Games 2006 - Melbourne

XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 - Delhi

XX Commonwealth Games 2014 - Glasgow

XXI Commonwealth Games 2018 - Gold Coast

XXII Commonwealth Games 2022 - Birmingham



Since my first International appearance at the Junior International Series in Worthing in 1999, I have attended numerous International Events and been fortunate enough to travel around the World.



World Bowls Champion of Champions: Cyprus 2012

Matchroom Sports Premier League: 2008 to 2011

BIIBC International Series: 2003

BIBC Championships & Series: 2010 & 2014

England v New Zealand Test Series: 2001

BIBC Junior International Series: 1999 & 2001

European Team Championships: 2003, 2005 & 2007

World Bowls Championships 2016 Christchurch NZ

World Bowls Atlantic Championships, Wales 2019

World Bowls Championships 2023



April 1989 - Qualified as Club Umpire

June 1991 - Qualified as County Umpire

September 1996 - Qualified as National Umpire

September 1999 - 1st International appearance

November 2009 - Qualified as World Bowls ITO

I was honoured to be awarded Life Membership of the English Bowls Umpires Association in August 2021

"I am honoured to be able to serve on this committee and hope that I can make a valuable contribution. "

Allan Thornhill

International Technical Official
World Bowls Laws Committee

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