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Brett Duprez announces his retirement today - 16th August, 2005

Alison Garner, Bowls Australia, Tuesday, 16 August 2005

One of Australia’s most successful international lawn bowlers, Brett Duprez, announced his retirement today (16/8).


Duprez, 30, has been one of the sport’s leading players in an international career that spans 11 years and includes over 150 senior games for Australia. 


The former Illawarra-based bowler, who now resides on the New South Wales North Coast, wore the green and gold at Under-25 level for four years before breaking into the senior side in spectacular fashion at the age of 23 on the eve of the 1998 Commonwealth Games.


Duprez then recorded his greatest achievement in the sport when he combined with Victorian Mark Jacobsen to win the 1998 Commonwealth Games pairs gold medal in Kuala Lumpur.


More glory on the international stage came his way in 2000 as a key member of the five-man side that won the World Bowls Championship team trophy in Johannesburg.  It was the first time Australia had secured the coveted Leonard Trophy in 34 years. 


Duprez’s individual medal tally from two World Bowls events is a pairs bronze medal and a fours silver. 


In a senior representative career spanning seven years, Duprez competed at two Commonwealth Games, two World Bowls championships, an Asia Pacific Bowls Championship and in numerous Test matches against the top bowling nations including England, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and South Africa.


“Throughout my bowls career I have been lucky enough to live a dream,” Duprez said.


“Bowls has allowed me to travel the world and through playing the game I have made life long friends. 


“Winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal with Mark Jacobsen was a highlight — it was such a thrill.


“Being a part of the successful Australian team that brought home the Leonard Trophy also rates highly. 


I have been lucky enough to enjoy a successful career for the last decade and I’m looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life.”


Duprez was expected to contest the Australian Indoor Championships next week, but has decided to bring the curtain down on a magnificent career due to family and work commitments.


He has retired from national and state representation as well as his Premier League commitments with St John’s Park Bowling Club. 


“Now I have a young family, my foremost priority is spending time with them,” Duprez said. 


National coach Cameron Curtis said Duprez’s ability, professionalism and work ethic was a credit to him.


“Brett has always been a dynamic player and a strong leader amongst the Australian team,” Curtis said. 


“As a coach you couldn’t wish for a more dedicated player.”


For most of his career Duprez played lead for Australia and enjoyed much success in the pairs and fours disciplines.   


“I’m really grateful for all the opportunities I have been given and am proud of my achievements,” Duprez said.   


The vacancy in the Australian Bowls Squad will not be filled in the short term.