Contribution to bowls leads to ‘shock’ honour

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Gore RSA Bowling Club member Margaret (Carroll) Elder received a pleasant surprise on Sunday.
Mrs Elder said she had not intended to go to the club meeting, only to have club president Gloria Fisken show up and let her know she was needed.
Mrs Fisken ended up having to tip off Mrs Elder that she was to become a life member.
‘‘It was a bit of a shock to get that news as I had previously said I would not be attending the meeting,’’ Mrs Elder said.
‘‘I had no idea it was coming as I didn’t believe I deserved it, although it was nice to be recognised by others for the work I have done with the club.’’
Mrs Elder said she joined the club in 1990 and while there had been some breaks in between, she had enjoyed her time there.
She had previously played golf. However, after an operation on her spine, she turned to bowls.
‘‘I needed to find something new to keep active and I had always enjoyed bowls when I had seen it on the telly.’’
She was chosen as a life member for her longtime contribution, which had led to many achievements in bowling.
Mrs Elder hoped she would be able to play bowls for a few years to come and, health permitting, to continue with success.
‘‘The best part about the sport is being able to head away to tournaments like the masters in Dunedin and compete and socialise with new people.’’