The eyes of the Lawn Bowls world will be in Cardiff & Vale next week for a 10 nations’ test match.
The test matches will be held from July 6 to July 14 at Penylan, Cardiff, Penarth Windsor, Barry Athletic and Dinas Powis clubs.
Wales have invited nine countries to take part in the nine-day event which is being held as part of the preparation for the Atlantic Championships which the European country will host in 2019.
Countries taking part are Wales, Malaysia, Australia, USA, Spain, Ireland, Jersey, Canada, South Africa and Namibia (men only).
The Namibian team left on Sunday to participate in this tournament. It consists of Will Esterhuizen, Johan Jacobs, Steven Peake, Cabous Olivier and new cap Schalk van Wyk. Olivier will play the singles, while Esterhuizen will skip the fours team.
Jacobs will play third, Steven Peake second and Schalk van Wyk lead.
The pairs team consists of Esterhuizen and Olivier, while Peake will skip the trips, with Jacobs playing second and Schalk van Wyk leading.
The tournament is considered a good opportunity for the Namibian team to play against some of the best teams in the world and the new players are expected to gain invaluable experience.
Only the men elected to accept Wales’s invitation to participate due to the fact that Lawn Bowls does not receive any funding in Namibia.
The Namibian Bowling Association contributes what it can, but the amount is not enough for even one bowler’s expenses.
From left, Johan Jacobs,Cabous Olivier, Will Esterhuizen, Schalk van Wyk and Steven Peake.