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Bowls In Focus : January 2010
Bowls In Focus 19 The Mulgrave Country Club Proudly Presents 2010 Grand Final Brunch Sunday 15 March at 9.00am Hosted by Graham 'Smokey' Dawson Tickets: $40 includes Brunch, Beer, Wine, Bubbly, Tea & Coffee Special interviews: Including prominent sporting personality Bookings: Group and Singles Bookings Now Available Phone: 9582 4605 to secure your seats Yarra Glen Bowling Club Yarra Glen Bowling Cl ub Yarra Glen Bowling Club Yarra Glen Bowling Club Last month, at a very special gathering at Bowl- ers House, Mt Martha's Judy Alexander was named VLBA Coach of the Year while the presti- gious VLBA Umpire of the Year was conferred on Anne Ingham from Maryborough Highland Society. These awards are a joint initiative of the VLBA and SportEd Victoria, a branch of the Victorian In- stitute of Sport. A selection panel of representatives from both organisations undertook the formidable task of selecting the recipients from a long list of impressive nominations. Judy Alexander has been coaching since 1999 and has been a Level 2 coach in the Flinders Association for the last four years, and is highly respected for her excellent coaching skills across all groups in the sport. At the Mt Martha Judy conducts regular coach- ing sessions for female and male pennant players which demonstrates the acceptance and respect she has earned for her knowledge and dedica- tion to improving their skills. This was borne out in recent years under Judy's coaching when three of the mens sides reached the pennant finals. Judy takes a special interest in novice bowlers, coaching them and taking them to varied competi- tions in both district and club events for the valuable experience, and was delighted to see one of her protégés win the State Novice title a few years ago. As well as her special coaching skills, Judy has been Deputy Chair on the DCC where her excellent communication skills and professionalism has as- sisted greatly at tutorials and assessment. Despite her busy commitment to coaching others in the sport she loves, Judy has many District and State bowling achievements in her own name, not to mention Mt Martha where she is a seven-time club champion and has been a pennant skipper since 1993. Well-known technical official Anne Ingham from Maryborough Highland Society was a deserving winner of the prestigious VLBA Umpire of the Year award. Anne is described as a quiet achiever although she is highly visible around the state as both an umpire and a very fine bowler. As a Level 2 umpire she has officiated at all lev- els of competition including Womens World Bowls 2000 held at Moama, which was such a memorable experience being part of the core group of umpires who worked so efficiently and were known as the 'Golden Girls'. She has also officiated at National Round Robins and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. On the local scene Anne regularly officiates at state, district and club level and is Chair of the Maryborough DLBA Deputy Umpires Panel where she trains many umpires and measurers to a very high standard. A fine bowler in her won right, Anne skipped the triumphant Maryborough Highland quartet that win the VLBA Centenary Carnival Fours in 2009 and won the prestigious Dot Jenkinson Pairs in 2006 with clubmate Alison Smith, just to mention a few of her successes. Both Judy and Anne are consummate all- rounders giving of their time freely and being totally immersed in the sport they absolutely love. - Marnie Gregory VLBA Coach and Umpire of the Year honoured • President Maureen and Kathy with ‘Umpire of the Year’ Anne Ingham. • VLBA president Maureen Connolly and Sport Education Victoria’s Kathy Tessier fank ‘Coach of the Year’ Judy Alexander.