Eight individuals were recognised yesterday, during the 2017 Australia Day honours, with the Medal of the Order of Australia for their contribution to the sport of bowls, or for their service to the community, which encompassed the sport in some way.
Among those bestowed the coveted medallion was Bowls Australia Board Member and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Wayne Turley.
Bowls Australia congratulates the following people on their OAM, and thank them for their tireless and ongoing support of bowls.
– Mr Wayne William Turley
– Mr Ian Lance Hatcher
– Mrs Barbara Claire Holden
– Mr Samuel Ronald Eyres
– Mr Athol David Graham
– Mrs Rosalind Sinclair Leigh
– Mrs Deirdre Yates Relph
– Mrs Esma Beryl Coombe
The Order of Australia recognises Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service, with the Medal of the Order of Australia the fifth level of appointment in terms of seniority.
Nominations for the Medal of the Order of Australia are reviewed by the Council for the Order of Australia and then approved by the Governor-General
More than 1000 people were honoured in the General Division of the Order of Australia yesterday, with inductions into the Order occurring twice per year, on Australian Day and on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in June.
Full biographies of the recipients who were recognised for their contribution to the sport of bowls can be found below.
Mr Wayne William TURLEY,
For service to lawn bowls.
Competitor, since 1988.
Has represented Australia 132 times in international competitions.
Has represented New South Wales 262 times in national competitions.
Recipient, New South Wales Bowler of the Year, Bowls Australia, 2006 and 2013.
Board Member, Bowls Australia, current.
Coach, Solargain Perth Suns Bowling Team, Australian Premier League, current and Member, Advisory Committee, Australian Premier League, current.
Bowls Coordinator, Taren Point Bowling Club, ongoing since 1999, and Life Member.
Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Gold Medal, Moama International, 2010.
Recipient, Silver Medal, Commonwealth Games Delhi, 2010. Recipient, Gold Medal, Asia-Pacific Championships, 2009. Recipient, Silver Medal, World Championships Christchurch, 2008. Recipient, Gold Medal, World Team Cup, 2007.
Recipient, Gold Medal, Asia Pacific Championships, 2007. Recipient, Gold Medal, Tri Nations competition, 2007.Recipient, Gold Medal, Commonwealth Games Melbourne, 2006.
Mr Ian Lance HATCHER,
For service to lawn bowls. Service includes:
Runner-up, Australian Fours, 1993. Winner, Fours Past Presidents, 1992. Quarter-finalist, Australian Singles, 1985
State Selector, 2004-2009. State Manager, 2006-2009.
Winner, Prestige Medley, 2008.
Winner, Prestige Medley, 2003.
Winner, Country Fours Champions, 2001-2002. Winner, State Fours Champions, 1995-1996. State Fours Champions, 1992-1993.
147 games for South Australia, 1983-2002.
Peninsula Championships, 9 victories.
Captain, Regional Round Robin Side, 1976-2015. Selector, Yorke Peninsula Region.
Coach, Yorke Peninsula Region, 15 years.
13-time Singles Champion and 12-time Pairs Champion, Moonta Memorial Park Bowling Club, 1975-2010.
President, Moonta Memorial Park Bowling Club, 1977-1979 and 1999-2001; Vice- President, 1974-1976 and 1996-1998; Accredited Umpire, 1999-2010; Club Coach, 1999-2010; Selector, ‘for many years’; Life Member, since 2004.
Tournament Director, Moonta Memorial Park International Test Series, 2011.
Mrs Barbara Claire HOLDEN,
For service to lawn bowls. Service includes:
Finance Director, Women’s Bowls NSW, current; State Treasurer 2008-2012; Chair, Umpires Board, 1996-2000; National Umpire, 1986-2013.
Taren Point Delegate, Sutherland Shire Women’s Bowling Association, ‘for many years’; Inaugural Secretary, 1986-1994.Secretary, Taren Point Women’s Bowling Club, since 2006; President and Vice- President, 1991-1994; member, since 1988.
Mr Samuel Ronald EYRES,
For service to lawn bowls. Service includes:
Mt Gravatt Club (Brisbane): Umpire, 2012-2015.
Chairman’s Annual Award, 2015.
Gold Coast Tweed District Bowls Association:
Member, Gold Coast District Umpires Panel, ‘for 10 years’. Umpire Coach.
Umpire, Tweed Heads Indoor Green.
Umpire, Twin Towns (Banora Point), New South Wales, 2001-2003.
Forster-Tuncurry Club, New South Wales: Umpire, 1991-2000.
Chair of Umpires, ‘for 5 years’.
Recipient, Club Certificate of Appreciation.
Coach and Umpire, Cairns Masonic Club, Queensland, 1989-1991. Umpire, The Hills (Sydney), 1984-1987.
Blackburn North Club, Victoria:Member, 1971-1984.Club Delegate to district meetings, ‘for 11 years’.Selection Panel Member, Club Pennant Team, ‘for 5 years’.
Mr Athol David GRAHAM,
For service to the community of Benalla. Service includes:
Country Fire Authority Victoria:
Member, Benalla Rural Fire Brigade, since 1991. Member, Hurstbridge Rural Fire Brigade, 1956-1962. Assistant Chief Officer, Bendigo, 1979-1981.
Senior Instructor, Fiskville Training Centre, 1978-1981. Regional Officer, 1964-1979.
Trainee Regional Officer, 1962-1964.
Chairman, Benalla Bowls Club Inc, 2002-2014 and Committee Member, 1998-2014 and’ Life Member, since 2015.
Justice of the Peace, since 2005.
Member, Benalla Sub-Branch, The Returned and Services League of Australia, since 2005.
Volunteer, L2P Mentoring Young Drivers Program, Benalla Rural City, since 2013. Member, Miniature Steam Trains, Eddington, since 1982.
Volunteer, Maldon Steam Railways Castlemaine and Maldon Railway Preservation Society, 1983-2014 and Fireman and Driver, 1987-2012.Board Member, Cooinda Village Inc (Aged Care), 1998-2001.
Mrs Rosalind Sinclair LEIGH,
For service to the community through a range of organisations. Service includes:
President, Highton Ceres Branch, Cottage by the Sea, current; Member, since the 1960s and; Life Member.
Australian Red Cross:
President, Mount Moriac Branch, since 2010 (and has served in the position previously). Secretary, since 2013 and Member, since 1979.
Divisional Operation Officer, Barwon Division, since 2014.
Deputy Divisional Officer, 2010-2013.
Deputy Zone Chairman, since 2015.
Highton Bowls Club:
Ladies President, current.
Pennant Player and Umpire and assists with the schools bowls program, current. Member, since early 2000s.
Foundation Treasurer, Ceres Community Association and Committee Member, since early 1980s.
Catering Organiser, Theatre of the Winged Unicorn, since 1990s.
Uniting Church in Australia:
Church Elder, Congregations of Moriac, Barrabool and Ceres, current. Member, Property Board.
Member, Parish Council.
Member, Presbytery Committee.
Member, Ministerial Calling Committee.
Member, Ladies Guild.
Involved with religious education in schools.
Life Member, Barwon Valley Pony Club, since 1992 and Camp Canteen Manager, 1980s- 2011 and Committee Member.
Chairman and Member, Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship. Leader Brownie Pack, St Andrews and Shannon Park, Girl Guides Australia. Member, Parents Committee, Ceres Primary School.
Board Member, St Luke’s Kindergarten and Member, Parent’s Committee.
Royal Geelong Agricultural and Pastoral Society: Member, since the 1970s
Steward, Homecraft Committee, current.
Member, Vox Box Ceres Community Choir, current.
Member, Inner Wheel Club, Rotary International, current.
Member, Parents and Friends Association Committee, Geelong College.Committee Member, The Hermitage Old Girls Association, Geelong Grammar School, since the 1960s and has served as President and Secretary.
Mrs Deirdre Yates RELPH,
For service to the community of Maffra. Service includes:
Member, Maffra Branch, Cancer Council of Victoria, since 1985 and Unit Leader, ‘for 25 years’.
Member, Oncology Ward Fundraising Committee, Central Gippsland Hospital, 2014.
Committee Member, Gippsland Grammar Foundation, 1985-2005.
Advisory Committee Member, Esso BHP Biliton Wellington Entertainment Centre, since 2003.
Member, Board of Directors, Maffra Community Sports Club, since 1996.
President, North Gippsland Bowls Division, Bowls Victoria, since 2014.
President, North Gippsland District Ladies Bowls Association, 2010-2011 and 2002-2005.
Chair, Maffra Ladies Bowls Club, 1995-1996 and since 2015. Board of Management, Maffra Bowls Club, 1999-2000.
President, Maffra Ladies Probus Club, 1991-1992 and 2001-2002. President, Gippsland Bowls Region, 2014-2016.
Mrs Esma Beryl COOMBE,
For service to veterans and their families. Service includes
Returned and Services League of Tasmania:
Secretary/Treasurer, Glenorchy Sub-Branch, circa 2001.
President, Glenorchy Sub-Branch, 1990-1991 and 1997.
Vice-President, Women’s Auxiliary, Southern Division, 1979-1980 and 1983 and 1994- 1996.
State President, Tasmanian State Women’s Auxiliary Executive Committee, 1988- 1991.
State Secretary, Tasmanian State Women’s Auxiliary Executive Committee, 1986- 1988.
Executive and Vice-President, RSL Life Members of Tasmania, 1997- 2001.
Member, since 1968.
President, Northern Suburbs Widows Guild, Hobart Legacy, 2011-2013 and Vice- President, 2009.
Founding Member, Glenorchy RSL Bowls Club.
Honorary Secretary, Ileostomy and Colostomy Association (Tasmanian Division), 1974-1985.
Awards and recognition includes:Recipient, Certificate of Merit and Gold Badge, The Returned and Services League of Tasmania, 1984.Recipient, Life Membership, Women’s Auxiliary, The Returned and Services League of Tasmania, 1991.