Season awards made
Paul McKinnel and Pam Calder were respectively crowned Southland men's and women's senior lawn bowlers of the year last night.
The two standout Southland bowlers took the big prizes in front of a sellout crowd of 120 at the 2012 Bowls Southland awards night at the Elmwood Function Centre in Invercargill.
Both McKinnel and Calder had strong seasons.
The highlight for Calder was playing a starring role in the Southland women's team, which went within a whisker of being crowned national champions in Auckland this year. Calder was named bowler of the tournament.
Closer to home, the Invercargill Bowling Club member was Southland's champion of champions in the singles and pairs.
McKinnel's big moment for the season came when he won the mixed pairs title with Averil Fowler at the national club championships in Invercargill in April.
A highlight of last night's awards evening was the introduction of some new honours for those behind the scenes.
They included a volunteer award, which went to Dave Burgess, of Te Rangi, administrator of the year, awarded to Phil Cross, of Riversdale, personality of the year, which went to Mckinnel, while Barry Cracknell, of Otatara, was named coach of the year. Youth bowler of the year was Sheldon Bagrie-Howley, of Gore.
The Ella Poole Memorial Trophy for the women's club of the year went to the Waverley Bowling Club, while the men's version, the Morrison Trophy, went to Northend.
Other winners included Julie O'Connell, novice women's player of the year, and Craig Tinker, novice men's player of the year.
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