Southern star never gives in

Top Invercargill lawn bowler Pam Calder plays all her matches with the mindset of "never give in".

In Invercargill on January 16, she won the Bowls Southland Champion of Champions Women's Singles title for the fourth time.

Calder (Invercargill club) came from behind to beat up-and-comer Bronwyn Stevens (Te Rangi) in the final.

"With three ends to go, I was five down," Calder said.

Last week she and Stu Dickson (Waikiwi) won the Southland mixed pairs, while in November, Calder, Pat Clark (Invercargill) and Glenys Paisley (Invercargill) took out the Southland triples title.

Calder, a bowler of 15 years, has won 18 Southland titles and been honoured as the province's Player of the Year on four occasions. She is also a member of the Invercargill Workingmen's Club indoor bowls squad and has won four New Zealand titles at chartered clubs' competitions.

One of Calder's most memorable matches was at the national pairs tournament in Christchurch five years ago when she and Clark beat New Zealand representatives Jo Edwards and Val Smith. The Southlanders finished fourth.

"It was an awesome game," Mrs Calder said.

"They were so lovely to play with ... so gracious."

Calder was introduced to lawn bowls at the Georgetown club in 1999. The club was close to her home and she received encouragement and advice from senior bowler Colin Dobbie.

Fifteen years on, she is one of the stars of southern lawn bowls.

The Southland Times