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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
16 Bowls In Focus Terang’s favourite daughter Margaret Sumner, a pivotal member of Australia’s gold medal winning four in the 1996 Women’s World Bowls Championships in England at Royal Leamington Spa, is one of thirteen Victorians named in the first Bowls Australia Hall of Fame induction. The last year and a bit have been glorious for this humble champion, who has so many achievements to her credit that to list just a few would be a disser vice, while she was also awarded an Order Of Australia Medal in 2010 for her outstanding contribution to Australian sport. “ I’m a bit numb about it all,” she said with typical humility. “And being named amongst such distinguished company is an unbelievable honour, I just can’t believe it. “ I never imagined I’d ever get out of Terang when I first took up bowls in 1979, and thought that if I got a game of pennant I’d be doing well. “ But bowls has taken me around the world, it’s quite staggering really, something I would have never even dreamed about. “And I have met so many amazing people along the way, I’ve been very lucky.” Margaret made her Victorian debut in Queensland at Redland Bay in 1987 and first represented Australia in the 1992 world championships at Ayr in Scotland. And while many of the sport’s pretenders have had more sets of bowls than pairs of underpants, Margaret still gets the job done using the trusty set of 1992 Drakes Pride Specials she bought for her international debut. Ironically, when Margaret mounts the stage to receive her award in Adelaide on 7 December, it will coincide with the 100th anniversary celebration at the Terang Bowls Club. Bowls Australia announced the star-studded list of inductees earlier this month, adding that the BCiB Hall of Fame aims to commemorate the sport’s most deserving figures for their achievements both on and off the green, with induction representing the highest level of peer recognition for an individual’s performance or contribution to the sport. Former Victorian superstar Glyn Bosisto, who was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985, will be bestowed as the sport’s first ‘Legend’. Bosisto, who is one of the sport’s preeminent players, won four consecutive Australian singles titles between 1949-1953 and represented Australia, New South Wales and Victoria 256 times, while he created so many records that he was dubbed the `Bradman of Bowls’ by his peers. Other Victorians named in the inaugural list are past RVBA luminaries Alfred Alley, John Monro, Jack Spear and Keith Wilson, while former VLBA, Australian Women’s Bowling Council and World Bowls president Betty Collins is another wor thy inductee in the ‘general’ category. Victorians honoured in the ‘athlete’ section are Glyn Bosisto, John Dobbie, Dot Jenkinson, Norma Massey, Mavis Meadowcroft, Bob Middleton, John Snell and Margaret Sumner. New members will be subsequently inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Bowls Australia Awards Night each year. This year’s first induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 7 at the Stamford Grand Hotel in Adelaide. - David Allen Australian Hall of Fame Sumner Named In National Honour Roll Inaugural Inductees Adelaide 2011 Before 1949: General: Alfred Alley (Vic), John Monro (Vic), John Young (NSW). Athlete : Charlie McNeill (NSW). 1950-74: General: Jack Spear (Vic), Keith Wilson (Vic), Naomi Wolinski (NSW). Athletes: Glyn Bosisto MBE (Vic), Errol Bungey OAM (SA), John Dobbie AM (Vic), Connie Hicks OAM (WA), Dot Jenkinson (Vic), Mary Ormsby OAM (SA). 1975-99 : General: Mimi Frost OAM (NSW), Charlie Frost (NSW). Athletes: Cameron Curtis (NSW), Rex Johnston OAM (NSW), Dennis Katunarich (WA), Norma Massey OAM (Vic), Mavis Meadowcroft (Vic), Bob Middleton OAM (Vic), Rob Parrella OAM (Qld), Keith Poole MBE (Qld), Peter Rheuben (NSW), Merle Richardson OAM (NSW), Alf Sandercock (SA), Ian Schuback OAM (Qld), Daphne Shaw (NSW), John Snell OAM (Vic), Steve Srhoy (WA), Margaret Sumner OAM (Vic), Ken Williams OAM (ACT), Ken Woods (ACT). 2000-10: General: Betty Collins OAM (Vic). Athletes: Lynsey Armitage (Qld), Steve Glasson (NSW), Kelvin Kerkow OAM (Qld), Karen Murphy (NSW). Legend: Glyn Bosisto MBE (Vic). • Terang’s Margaret Sumner is one of the Victorians named in the inaugural Bowls Australia Hall of Fame inductions.
August September 2011