Top bowls club revealed at awards

TOP WOMAN: Burnside bowler Tayla Bruce won sportswoman of the year and young player of the year. PHOTO: Bowls Canterbury.

Burnside has been named top club at Bowls Canterbury’s annual awards.

Club president Alan Bryce said it has been a huge year and it was nice for members to see their hard work rewarded.

“We have great bowlers and coaches here and it is great to be recognised,” he said.

Burnside co-hosted the World Bowls Championships with Bowls Papanui, Fendalton Bowling Club and the Bowls Canterbury Centre late last year.

Burnside also had a number of its members honoured with current Black Jack Tayla Bruce winning sportswoman of the year and young player of the year.

Bruce finished competing with the national squad in the trans-Tasman test series at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, Gold Coast, on Friday. She is now competing in the Gold Coast multi-nations event, which finishes tomorrow.

Burnside up-and-comer Alex Wilkinson, 15, won most consistent female player of the year, most improved player of the year and her second white star award.

White star awards are given to players competing in youth/junior events who have won three or more junior championship events.

Wilkinson has bowling in her genes. The Villa Maria student’s mother Tracey is a handy bowler and grandmother, Pam Clark, is one of the Burnside club coaches. Wikinson’s great uncle Stewart Buttar competed in the 1994 Commonwealth Games for New Zealand.

Bowls Papanui’s Ron Sabin was also named greenkeeper of the year, while Peter Cotton and Jason Johnstone received white star awards.