Kelsey Cottrell won the International Female Bowler of the Year award for the first time ©Getty Images

Australian internationals Corey Wedlock and Kelsey Cottrell were among the winners at Bowls Australia’s virtual Awards Night.

The ceremony recognised players, officials and clubs for their successes during the 2019-2020 season.

A total of 11 awards were handed out, including International Male Bowler of the Year which went to Wedlock.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks as he became one of the Jackaroos’ most consistent performers.

Wedlock notably starred in four international competitions - the Multi-Nations, World Bowls Challenge and two Trans Tasman Test Series.

Cottrell was also celebrating after winning the International Female Bowler of the Year honour.

Eleven awards were presented during Bowls Australia's 2020 Awards Night ©Bowls Australia
Eleven awards were presented during Bowls Australia's 2020 Awards Night ©Bowls Australia

The 30-year-old played a key role in the Jackaroos’ success at the Multi-Nations and World Bowls Challenge, as well as two Trans Tasman Test Series where she occupied the coveted blue-ribbon singles position.

Cottrell has won three Commonwealth Games medals, including fours gold at Gold Coast 2018.

It was the first time Wedlock and Cottrell had won a bowler-of-the-year award at either national or international level and came courtesy of votes from their peers and the high-performance coaching staff.

The Coach of the Year prize went to Gary Willis after coaching Bowls New South Wales’ open, junior and over-60 state teams.

Willis not only achieved success on the green but also developed improved culture among representative teams and established clearer selection pathways to maximise peak performance, according to Bowls Australia.

Willis also works full-time as the national assistant coach, is the chair of the National Coaching Advisory Group, and delivers coaching clinics for players of all skills at Cabramatta Bowls Club.

Jake Fehlberg was the winner of the Bowler with a Disability of the Year award after clinching gold at the Australian Open in both visually-impaired disciplines.

He also claimed the Queensland Blind Bowlers Association’s singles and pairs titles and was a finalist at the Queensland Sport Awards in the Athlete with a Disability of the Year category.