The next World Bowls Championships will be held in Adelaide, Australia from 24 November – 9 December 2012.
First held in Australia in 1966, the World Championships for men and women are held every 4 years. From 2008 the men's and women's events are held together. Qualifying national bowls organisations (usually countries) are represented by sides of 5 players, who play once as a single and a four, then again as a pair and a triple. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each of the 4 disciplines, and there is also a trophy for the best overall 5-player side — the Leonard Trophy for men and the Taylor Trophy for women.
The Men's 2011 UK Championships will be held at Worthing in August, while the women's equivalent is to be held at Leamington in the same month.