Head Coach/Administrator at NT Tenpin Bowling Association.
Netball, Basketball, Softball, Hockey, Volleyball, Tenpin Bowling
Sporting Heroes and Influences on career:
John Halbert (Sturt SANFL Captain and player) for the way he always conducted himself and was a role model for all junior sports persons.
Husband George who could play any sport and play it at the highest level.
Dick Ritger former pro Tenpin Bowler and world renowned coach he taught me not only the art of teaching but how to help and encourage those I coach to have better life skills and balance.
Keith Kemp, a passionate sportsman and sports administrator who showed that anything is possible to organise and achieve in sport.
Personal Influences on sporting career:
My mum and dad who both played and loved all sports and encouraged me to do the same, transporting me to all games and sports which I chose to play often becoming involved as Coaches and Umpires to help out. The small children I have coached who are now adults, they have influenced me to change my style of coaching over a period of 18 years. Michelle Paccagnella Sports psych at NTIS motivated me at all times and taught me to never to accept an excuse for anything from athletes or coaches, that is a cop out they must always be responsible for their own actions and that has been the code that I have coached by over the last 10 years.
Greatest Sporting moments:
Watching son Ronald bowling a perfect 300 game in Walter Rachuig Competition and Coaching winning Walter Rachuig Team NT Men in 2001.
Being with husband George when he became an NT Administrator's Northern Territory Role Model receiving the Steve Abala Award.
Being inducted into the Northern Territory Sporting Hall of Champions Honour Roll and then being inducted into the Tenpin Bowling Australia Hall of Fame.
Since 1988 when I first became a coach I have coached over 600 individual Territory bowlers and prepared 12 successful Territorians to be National Team members and coaches in all categories School age, Youth and Adult.
All positions with Tenpin Bowling Australia and the Northern Territory Institute of Sport have also been as a volunteer and continue to current in that manner.
Arafura Games has been a pet event and I have been either the Co-ordinator or the Asian Liaison for Tenpin Bowling for every event held in Darwin so far since 1991.
Awarded joint award from Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the Honourable Paul Henderson, an award for over 35 years service to Tenpin Bowling, promotion of women in sport in the Northern Territory and promotion of the Northern Territory through sport.
Inducted into the Tenpin Bowling Australia Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the National Championships.
Inducted into Northern Territory Hall of Champions, Honour Roll for services to sport in the community. This presentation took place at the Gala Dinner for the NT Sports Awards.
Feeling that the NT Tenpin Bowling Association needed to restructure has taken back the position of Executive Officer for the Association, has worked with a new committee to restructure the sport, increase membership in all categories and introduce some new events.
With Cheryl Munson coaches the Northern Territory Rachuig Teams to a silver medal in the Champion State/Territory at the Rachuig Competition, the highest place in that division since the Northern Territory commenced in the competition in 1978.
Prepared Northern Territory Rachuig Team with one goal, to win Ladies Rachuig Division and together with Ms Munson High Performance Coach and Ball Technician, Cheryl Munson OAM achieved that goal. The first NT ladies team to win this event since the Rachuig Competition began in the 1960s.
Awarded Lifetime Recognition Award to Tenpin Bowling Australia Limited for services to the sport at a local, national and international level in areas of administration, coaching, creating tournaments and development programs for all levels of athlete and coaches. She was also recognised for having an extraordinary vision for the sport in Australia.
Awarded the NTIS 10 year service award for continued outstanding volunteer service to the Northern Territory Institute of Sport and Tenpin Bowling Program and athletes.
Coached the Youth Girls Team to win first youth team medal for the Northern Territory.
Won NT Sports Awards, Coach of year Category. Named in American Bowlers Journal in top 100 females (position 75) to influence the sport of tenpin bowling in the world.
Named in Bowlers Journal top 100 influential women in World Tenpin Bowling (ranking 72).
Awarded the Australian Sports Medal by Prime Minister John Howard. Nominated by the Australian Sports Commission.
Elected to the Asian Bowling Federation as Vice President for Oceania as well as sub committees for World Tenpin Bowling Association for Women's Affairs, Commonwealth Games and Coaching. Served on these committees until 2004 but creating a strong network for the Northern Territory Tenpin Bowling Association.
Became the first female to head Tenpin Bowling Australia as Chairperson
Received the NT Sports Award, Administrator of the Year.