Approved bowlers arms
Bowlers arms: a bowlers arm (pictured) is designed to assist a bowler who cannot continue to bowl without the aid of the artificial device and can be used in any competition within Australia. Typically they are used where a person has hip/knee complaints which restrict their ability to bend down to deliver the bowl correctly.
There are currently three types of bowlers arms approved for use in Australia. They are known as the “Drakes Pride Arm”, the “Bionic Bowler Arm” and the “DHB arm”. Each device is manufactured in several lengths and some include varying release mechanisms.
An affiliated member must gain approval to use an artificial device (bowlers arm) which can be completed by contacting your state/territory association. A medical certificate stating that the affiliated member requires the bowlers arm to continue to participate in lawn bowls must accompany the approval form. Once you have lodged your form with your state/territory association you will be provided with a means of identifying your approval status from your state/territory association. This information will then be forwarded to Bowls Australia to maintain a national register.
Only approved arms (with Bowls Australia codes) can be used in Australia. Modifications are not permitted. Note: these improvements to the system will come into effect as of 30 June 2012, ensuring all bowlers arm users are allowed sufficient time to update their equipment and/or gain approval to use their existing bowlers arm.