Victoria Lawn Bowling Club 100th anniversary

Victoria lawn bowling enthusiasts enjoyed their first games at the Beacon Hill Lawn Bowling Club in June, 1909. With its modest little clubhouse, it was the first in Western Canada and was renamed Victoria Lawn Bowling Club shortly before WW I put a crimp on its activity. After a spurt of growth and the formation of a Victoria Ladies Club in 1921, the clubhouse addition and the lower green were added. In the 1930's, four new clubs appeared with local competitions and the annual Victoria Holiday Tournament drawing large numbers. Again war cut into the game's progress, but shortly after it ended, old and new members once again enjoyed grand days on the greens. The number of area clubs had grown to seven when the Victoria club celebrated its 75th year with the men's and ladies' clubs merging to build their new clubhouse. Now three new clubs bring the total to ten as the Victoria Lawn Bowling Club celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Lorna Pollock, one of B.C.'s greatest female tenpinners of all time

Lorna Pollock was one of B.C.'s greatest female tenpinners of all time. She set an all-time Victoria city mark with a three game total of 634, becoming the first Victoria woman to register three successive over 200 games. By 1969 Lorna was the BC women's champion and placed third at the Canadian championships. She retained her BC title in 1970 and was named BC's Tenpin Bowler of the Year for 1974 - 75 and again in 1977. This same year she was selected for Canada's team in the American zone championships in Panama and with her exceptional rolling, Canada won a silver medal. She was at it again in 1981, earning third best in Canada and being named to the national team for another WBC American zone playoff. Lorna's great skill aided Canada in winning the women's trio gold medal and a bronze in the five-player team category at the competition. She was inducted into the BC Bowling Hall of Fame and was nominated as Victoria's Female Athlete of The Year on two occasions.

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Victoria enjoys a stellar sports history and we celebrate the many athletes, teams and builders who have contributed to that history.  Our displays are seen at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (1925 Blanshard St.)  through Gate Three.


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