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Retired policewoman wins Roe Lee Park Ladies’ Bowling Club crown
5:19pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
RETIRED policewoman Shirley Boothby collected the Roe Lee Park Ladies’ Bowling Club crown after a hard fought battle of the generations against the club’s oldest lady member, 89-year-old Sheila Nixon.
Boothby, unbeaten this season, edged out her plucky opponent, who will celebrate her 90th birthday in March.
Roe Lee Park Ladies’ President Pam Hardman said: “At 50, Shirley is our youngest member and Sheila is the oldest.
“For Sheila to reach the final was a fantastic effort because she was up against one of the best lady bowlers in Blackburn.
“Sheila is a remarkable lady, a superb bowler and one of Roe Lee’s greatest servants.”
Nixon, a former Lady President at Roe Lee, has been playing bowls for half a century and her performance in the final proved that age is no barrier to continued sporting excellence.
“She walks to practice every Monday and is a hugely popular member of the club,” added Hardman.
“Her late husband Stan also played for many years at Roe Lee and we are proud to have her here.
“She works incredibly hard for Roe Lee, doing a lot of the catering and if anything needs doing then Sheila is the first to offer.”
Hardman, who celebrated her first year in office as Roe Lee Ladies’ President with a special buffet lunch last weekend, added: “We’ve had a challenging year because we now have to maintain our own greens after the council cutbacks.
“We’ve three greens, two used by the men and one by the ladies, so we’ve got a really thriving membership.”
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