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More highlights from the World Bowls Tour Indoor Championships. Watch the third segment in particular. Amazing! ... See MoreSee Less

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Coach Derek has played an instrumental role in teaching we “newbies” with an enthusiasm that is nothing short of infectious. His humour and love of the sport has made him one of Canada’s best known authorities.  We are proud he is a member of our Board.  Congratulations, Derek.Image attachment
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Getting to know George Hamilton, past President of Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club and National level Umpire.George Hamilton shares a common trait with many athletes that have represented Alberta. They are superb bowlers and they give back to the sport, as volunteers. As well as being a Level II National level Umpire, George has served as President of Stanley Park Lawn Bowls Club. George’s enthusiasm and negotiating skills allowed the bowlers of Stanley Park to be the first bowlers in Alberta to return to the greens in 2020.

Home Club or Clubs?
- Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club

How Many years have you been bowling?
- Started bowling at SPLBC in 2011

Who/what was your inspiration to take up the sport?
- Friends who were lawn bowlers, Mary and Stan Thompson, convinced Vicki and me to try lawn bowling when I retired.

Your most memorable Bowls accomplishments?
- Being invited by Norm Lussier and Dave Simpson in 2012 to play in the Alberta Senior Triples with them.
- Winning the Alberta Senior Triples gold medal with Dave Simpson and Leon Dallas in 2017 and then representing our province in the Canadian Senior Triples Championship
- Winning the SPLBC club singles championship in 2019.

What’s on your Bowls Bucket List
- Many more years of competition and companionship in bowls

Some trivia about you?
- I enjoy a good scotch and a bag of cheezies (but not together)

Other leisure pursuits?
- I was a keen sailor and golfer when I was a bit younger but have left both of those behind and bowls now is my primary sport
- Vicki and I have been active in Scottish Country Dancing
- I enjoy 5-pin bowling in the winter
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Getting to know George Hamilton, past President of Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club and National level Umpire.

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What are the long mats used for ? never seen them before.

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Are you passionate about ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for bowls clubs? Bowls Canada is looking for 5-7 individuals to participate in a Safe Sport Advisory Group. The advisory group will identify Bowls Canada’s safe sport and EDI (education, development and implementation) priorities and criteria. It will also advise on reasonable and realistic expectations around the implementation and accountability of safe sport and EDI for BCB members, clubs and volunteers. For more information on what’s involved and how to apply, contact Casey Donnelly at cdonnelly@bowlscanada.com.
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Êtes-vous sensible à l’importance, pour les clubs de boulingrin, d’offrir un environnement sécuritaire et accueillant? Bowls Canada Boulingrin est à la recherche de 5 à 7 personnes disposées à participer à un groupe consultatif sur le sport sécuritaire. Le groupe consultatif sera chargé de déterminer les priorités et les critères retenus par Bowls Canada Boulingrin en matière du sport sécuritaire et d’EDM (éducation, développement et mise en œuvre). Il offrira également des conseils par rapport aux attentes raisonnables et réalistes entourant la mise en œuvre et la reddition de comptes associées au sport sécuritaire et à l’EDM, pour les membres de BCB, les clubs et les bénévoles. Pour plus d'informations sur le fonctionnement du groupe et la procédure de candidature, contactez Casey Donnelly à l'adresse cdonnelly@bowlscanada.com.
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Thank you Bowls Canada for recognizing the work put in by many people on our website. Special thank you to David Wilson, who has put in a lot of time over the past two years. 👏👏👏👏

To our dedicated president Mike.Good job and hope your lawn bowling dreams all come true down the road. Thank you.We thought it only fitting that Mike O’Reilly's picture would be a Team picture. He is the ultimate team player whether on the green, promoting Calgary Lawn, or the game of bowls.

Home Club or Clubs?
Calgary LBC (President since 2018, Board member 2016)

How Many years have you been bowling?
5 years (but does 2020 really count? 😉)

Who/what was your inspiration to take up the sport? Explain please.
It was a New Year’s Eve party six years ago, when a bunch of couples in Wildwood made a pledge we would try bowls when the club opened in the neighborhood. We had (drunken) dreams of playing in the Commonwealth Games.

Your most memorable Bowls accomplishments? Share your story.
- Making the Alberta Development Squad in 2018;
- The thrill to win gold at provincial Fours, playing lead head-to-head twice against Coach Derek;
- Playing in three Canadian National Championships in two years (including Indoor Singles);
- Being mentored by amazing Team Alberta athletes: Pat Bird, Amanda Berg, Kevin Childs, Claire Day, Derek Dillon, Jon & Jenn MacDonald, Peter Mok, Ken Olsvik, Francis Standen, Patricia Walker, Greg Wilson, Pauline Wong;
- Being on a Board that demonstrates such incredible dedication (Lindsay, Janette and Heather Mackie have been big supporters of our Club for so long – I’d be lost without them); and
- Working collaboratively with so many shareholders to devise a Return to Play strategy during COVID-19 (thanks to Bowls Alberta, Bowls Canada, and especially our club Safety Officer, Fred Emms)

What’s on your Bowls Bucket List
- For our Sport: Becoming the next NCCP certified Competitive Coach for Team Alberta to help up-and-coming competitive players achieve their goals;
- For our Club: The help grow and energize our membership to have our club recognized internationally as a safe and inclusive place to play; and
- For my game: To achieve a Triple Crown of 1) Fours Gold at Nationals representing Alberta; 2) Pairs Gold at Nationals representing Alberta; and 3) Representing Canada at World Bowls Indoor Singles.
(A guy can dream!!!)
- But above all, playing with and alongside a great community of bowlers.

Some trivia about you?
Standing on the mat during the first end of a playoff tie-breaker match at Nationals in Burlington (2019), which was being live broadcasted, and not having a clue about the line on either the forehand or backhand after trial bowls. At least the Ontario lead struggled as well. Why do they put the televised matches on wonky end rinks?(hahaha)

Other leisure pursuits?
I am a Peloton addict – I’m about to hit 10,000 training minutes this year
I play guitar with fellow member, Ben Shykora -- about 250 songs (not very well according to my family) – anything from “Aint No Sunshine” to “Yesterday”
My wife, Kim, and I volunteer in the off season with Theatre Calgary and the Bow Valley Music Club
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To our dedicated president Mike.Good job and hope your lawn bowling dreams all come true down the road. Thank you.

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When I was searching for a club to become the new home for Pride Lawn Bowling... Mike was on vacation, and within less than an hour, I got one of the most enthusiastic emails I have ever received. I know at that moment that this man's heart and soul was about seeing Calgary Lawn Bowling Club and the sport of bowls grow.

Mike is one of the greatest contributors to the sport of Lawn Bowling both on and off the green. He is always working to make the sport better. Thanks, Mike, and I wish that all your bowls dreams come true.

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Happy New Year to you to Kathy

lordie, lordie, this is hilarious Mike. Well done! I can't wait for the movie to come out. hahaha Happy New Year to all my lawn bowler friends. (:

Getting to know Pat Bird.  One of the most successful Team Alberta and Team Canada 🇨🇦 champions. Anyone who has had the pleasure to train with him knows how much of a student of the game he is.  We are lucky to have him as a member.  Congratulations Pat!Image attachment

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Congratulations To You On Your Successes

Seniors should be 60 years or older. Especially after a covid year. BCB . Wake up !

Ahhh green grass! Only 5 more months.... we can wait for days like this again. Thanks for sharing Wally! Darlington South Park Bowls Club
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A lovely card received from Mary Ward.  We certainly look forward to seeing everyone on the greens next season!  Merry Christmas everyone 🎄🎄🎄
Patricia Walker is one of Bowls Alberta’s most decorated bowlers. She keeps us newbies on track, teaching good etiquette and a competitive playing style. Congratulations Patricia on your latest gold with Peggy Plathan in Burlington in 2019. 👏👏👏🙌🙌🙌🏅🏅🏅Image attachment

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Another lovely lady who with Peggy make a fantastic team. 👍👍😷😷🎄🎄

And thank you Calgary Lawn Bowling Club.

Thank you Bowls Alberta.

To Bowls Alberta have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year All the Best in 2021

Patricia is a very good Teacher a person can learn a lot from her

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Merry Christmas to all my friends at Calgary Lawn and around the lawn bowling community!!! Where can I get my hands on one of those wood Calgary Lawn ornaments?? Would look pretty good on my tree!!

Merry Christmas To All Calgary Lawn Bowling. Members Happy New Year Take Care

Merry Xmas to you all and have a good H.N.Y. I am sure 2021 will be a better year. (:

Peggy Plathan is one of the humblest players you’ll ever meet. A true champion and team player, who always is there to cheer you on. Congratulations Peggy! Well done on getting that Nationals 🥇!
#BowlsCanada #BowlsAlbertaPeggy Plathan is one half of the reigning Bowls Alberta Canadian National Pairs Championship Team. She has been one of the most consistent bowlers on the Team for many years, and can always be counted on to be in the medals.

Bowls Club
Stanley Park Bowling Club is my Home Club, Calgary Lawn Bowling Club Secondary Club

Years of bowling
Started bowling 2007


Who/what was your inspiration to take up the sport?
Angela Lussier was President at SPLBC at the time and was so welcoming. My Aunt and Uncle had Lawn Bowled at Inglewood in the 1960's. I knew nothing about the Sport
I liked Bowling immediately, it filled a void, I needed a competitive outlet after retiring from teaching and coaching for 31 years in Junior High ... mainly PE
Betty Mertens was brave enough to give me a chance competitively. We won a Silver in Provincial Pairs in Edmonton in 2013. My first Provincial Medal!!
I began skipping way before I knew anything. Patricia convinced me I should Skip. I was naïve enough to think I could. In fact, she was desperate to find someone to Skip.
It worked out okay as I was always fortunate enough to have great teammates to play with over the years.

My most memorable Bowls accomplishments
I now have 11 Provincial medals
Ladies Fours 5 medals
Senior Triples (I was a young Senior before the rules changed) 4 medals
Pairs 2medals

Some of the things crossed off Peggy’s Bowls Bucket List:
Earning the right to have my name on the Banners hanging in the Clubhouse, winning a Canadian National medal, I have been in a number of Bronze medal games and lost. Finally winning a medal in 2019 in Burlington Ladies Pairs with Patricia Walker Gold!! My first Canadian Medal!!! So Proud.

US Bowling Experiences. Playing in Sun City in November for the US Open and the SC Division in February has been a real bonus. Played Fours with several different teams, managed to win some money most times. Best finish was 4th overall Div. 1 in Ladies Pairs with Patricia Walker in 2019
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Peggy Plathan is one of the humblest players you’ll ever meet. A true champion and team player, who always is there to cheer you on.  Congratulations Peggy!  Well done on getting that Nationals 🥇!
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A great person on and off the green. 😁

A very good bowler and a lovely lady.

Our greens are a little slow too, but our water is frozen 😂😂😂
The MacDonald clan made quite the impression during their 12 month stay in  Hervey Bay Australia.  They head back to the Great White North 🇨🇦 next week.  Thank you Pialba Bowls Club for being amazing hosts. We welcome you to our humble club any day (just don’t come before June 😂😂😂).
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One of Calgary LBC’s key Club Coaches and past Board member, who has helped so many new players and inspired several to reach for their own competitive goals. Aside from all his past successes in the sport, he was an awesome Team Alberta Manager during the 2019 Nationals in Burlington, stepping in to bowl during a medical situation. Plus an all around great team mate. Cheers Peter!
🙌🙌🙌👍👍👍👏👏👏Today we get to introduce you to Peter Mok, one of Bowls Alberta’s most prolific medal winners at Nationals.

Home Club. Calgary Lawn Bowling Club, (absentee member of Kowloon Bowling Green Club (Hong Kong)

Years of bowling : 28 years

Who/what was your inspiration to take up the sport? When I started lawn bowl in Hong Kong 1992. I was watching world famous Sir Tony Allcock (British player) playing in the Hong Kong Classic. I have a picture taken with him. I said to myself maybe one day I could play just as good as those players in the tournament. From that point lawn bowling seems taking all my interest in sports. When one season finished and I always looking forward to the next to come.

My most memorable Bowls accomplishments would be winning the Gold in Canadian National in Halifax 2008 (Men’s Four).So far my collection of Canadian National medals are 1 Gold,3 Silvers and 1 Bronze).

My Bowls Bucket list – I just wish to carry on playing in all competitions. Maybe playing some games oversea. I have played in Thailand and Philippines. I am a club coach for CLBC and I enjoy coaching new players and I hope I would carry one do so.
I enjoy good food so I am the cook at home (lol), I like fishing, travelling and have a game of badminton.
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One of Calgary LBC’s key Club Coaches and past Board member, who has helped so many new players and inspired several to reach for their own competitive goals.  Aside from all his past successes in the sport, he was an awesome Team Alberta Manager during the 2019 Nationals in Burlington, stepping in to bowl during a medical situation.  Plus an all around great team mate.  Cheers Peter!
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Yes, a terrific job at the 2019 Nationals. It was great working with you, coach.

Peter Congratulations on your Success I know your the Best Bowler Merry Christmas To You. and a Happy New Year

A man full of talent. Well done Peter and keep up the good work. 👏👏👏👏👏😷😷😷😷

The “Moose” and family will soon be homeward bound back to 🇨🇦.  Thank you Pialba Bowls Club for providing such great hospitality to our friends.  Maybe one day Mini-Moose will return for a visit.   🍻🙌😁Image attachmentImage attachment

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We want them back anytime.

Proud to be a Sport Calgary member again in 2021.  👍 #sportcalgary #bowlsalberta #bowlscanada
Thank you Bowls Alberta for all your support this season.  
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Getting to know #BowlsAlberta Head Umpire, Dwayne Hauck. A man of many talents, including the LEGO Lawn Bowling league. ... See MoreSee Less

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Love these getting to know you pieces, thanks Dwayne.

Amazing career Dwayne

Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday. Consider giving back to our great sport by supporting @bcbbowls  🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦.   There is also still time to support @calgarylbc by making a donation to Support For Sport https://www.parksfdn.com/calgary-flames-support-for-sport 👀🙌👍❤️Image attachment

A great bowler ... and even better volunteer. Here’s to Bev! 👏👏👏🙏🙏🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

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Great job Bev!!!!

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