By Tenpin Bowling Australia
April 23, 2024

Sydney – April 14, 2024 – Last night, amidst a gathering of over 1000 distinguished entrepreneurs and small business owners from across the nation, Devonport Tenpin Bowl emerged as a winner, clinching a prestigious Australian Small Business Championship Award for Sport and Recreation. Held at the illustrious gala event at the Star Casino, Sydney, this victory marks not only a remarkable achievement for Devonport Tenpin Bowl but also a win for Tasmania, bringing Tasmanian small businesses into the spotlight once again. Only 8 weeks ago Devonport Tenpin Bowl was also in Sydney as a National finalist at the Telstra Best of Business Awards for their outstanding growth.

In a fiercely competitive landscape where innovation, dedication, and customer-centricity are paramount to success, Devonport Tenpin Bowl stood out for its unwavering commitment to excellence. The award underscores the tireless efforts of the team and entrepreneurial spirit of the owners that have propelled Devonport Tenpin Bowl to the forefront of the small business community.

“We are absolutely thrilled and honored to receive the award” said Kerryn Duncan of Devonport Tenpin Bowl. “We were excited just to be named a finalist and have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of the event, but with so much outstanding competition we were shocked when our name was announced as the winner, and to be honest a little unprepared” Kerryn added.

“This recognition is a testament to our team’s hard work and passion and the tremendous support of our loyal patrons. We are immensely proud to again represent Tasmania on a national stage and showcase the vibrant small business scene thriving in our region.” said Mark Vernon, co-owner of Devonport Tenpin Bowl.

The Australian Small Business Championship Award serves as a validation of Devonport Tenpin Bowl’s commitment to excellence and its pivotal role in fostering economic growth and community development in Tasmania. This accolade not only honors the current achievements but also serves as a catalyst for future endeavours, inspiring Devonport Tenpin Bowl to continue pushing boundaries and setting new standards. Not only were they the winners in their category, but they were also named a finalist in the Business Growth category.

This year marks the 26th consecutive year of the Australian Small Business Championship Awards and its most successful year to date, with more entries than any year prior.

“This year’s awards saw more than 5,500 small business submissions from cities as well as rural, regional and suburban towns in every Australian state and territory” said Steve Low, Awards Founder and Managing Director.

“We’ve been running the Champion Awards programme since 1999 and I must say, this year’s submissions were particularly inspiring and spoke volumes of the resilience of small business operators during tough times.”

Hosted by popular Nine presenter and journalist Jayne Azzapoardi, this years National Presentation Gala in Sydney featured star studded entertainment, Dami Im, Harrison Craig, Johnny Manuel and Stefanie Jones were among the red-carpet event’s headline stage acts.

This award adds to an earlier announcement from Devonport Council for funding to make bowling more inclusive for the community. Diversity, Inclusion and Programs Manager Emily Rennes worked with Centre owner Kerryn and the Devonport Tenpin Bowling Association on the successful application.

“I’m so proud of how far this centre has come in a short period of time. This recent grant will enable so many more local and visitors to enjoy bowling with modified equipment including handle balls and ramps, I’m sure bowling will continue to grow and thrive in this region”.

As Devonport Tenpin Bowl basks in the glory of this remarkable achievement, the team remains dedicated to serving the community and delivering unparalleled experiences to its patrons, as it continues with renovations and upgrades. The venue has just opened Northen Tasmania’s first private Karaoke rooms as it awaits the arrival of state of the art escape rooms from Hungary.