Bowled into Hall of Fame
In the South
More than 50 years' involvement and commitment to bowls has seen Cromwell woman Noeleen Scott inducted into the Bowls New Zealand Hall of Fame.
She was one of 36 people inducted during the organisation's centenary celebrations in Auckland recently.
For Scott, the induction was the icing on the cake after an impressive career in the sport - a career that only started after encouragement from her husband, Bill, also a nationally recognised bowler.
"I had a go at Bannockburn one day and they [the bowls] went everywhere."
But, not to be deterred by her less than impressive start in the sport, Scott practised "night after night" until eventually she became good enough to take up the sport competitively.
Her highlights included playing in the world championships in Wellington in 1973, where she won gold medals in the triples and the fours.
Another highlight was winning her first New Zealand singles title in 1977.
She also won 17 centre titles, 41 club titles and 18 champion-of-champion titles in a career which took her all over the country.
"There's not many bowling greens I haven't played on."
Unfortunately, failing eye sight meant Scott had to retire in 2004.
However, her husband still bowls, and she enjoyed watching at the Cromwell Bowling Club.
"I can't see much but I like to be there," she said.
- The Mirror