Bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a "jack" or "kitty". It is played on a pitch which may be flat (for "flat-green bowls") or convex or uneven (for "crown-green bowls"). It is normally played outdoors although there are some indoor venues and the surface is either natural grass or artificial turf. Bowls is also quite similar to boccia and petanque.

Arguably the most equalising sport in the world, bowls is played the same way for most disabled people, although bowls for blind people is slightly different, making it a highly inclusive and exciting sport.

It's a precision sport that requires a lot of patience and a good head for strategy, but is accessible to all players and all ages. From beginners to elite competitors, five years old to 100, there are opportunities to just have a go or compete at the highest level and earn national and international accolades.

Bowls also caters to the social bowler who just wants to participate in sport, have fun and make new friends.

Bowls New Zealand is the national governing body of lawn bowls and is committed to encouraging participation by more young physically disabled New Zealanders in the sport.