President - Na KataeFrom the moment I delivered my first bowl at South Brighton Bowling Club in December 2010, I knew this was the game for me. The attractions included the lure of the game itself, the fantastic people who play this sport and the incredibly affordable bar prices. I truly enjoy being a Club Bowler and this has been enhanced by also having the opportunity to serve on the Board of Bowls Canterbury.
To everyone in our Canterbury Bowling Community, I wish you all the best for the forthcoming season.
Please remember that all of us at Bowls Canterbury are here to help so – talk to us, not about us
Vice President - Pat McElwainI have played bowls for 13 years now, and was secretary at Rangiora, and still am secretary at Methven. I live in Methven township surrounded by mountains and rivers.
With four grandchildren in Christchurch, and with meetings and bowls events to attend or partake in, I am on the road a great deal. Luckily, I have a very understanding husband of nearly 50 years. I must say life is exceedingly busy and I do often wonder what the heck I did before I retried! My husband says each day, "Where are you today, and when will you be back?!"
I look forward to another exciting year at Bowls Canterbury with another awesome committee to work with.
Julie WoodI have played bowls for one season now and although very different from my previous sport (tennis) I am enjoying it. It’s still challenging and hopefully as I progress I will become more consistent. I have been Treasurer at Rangiora for several years and have found everyone quite friendly and helpful with advice, both on and off the Greens.My father was, and several brothers still are involved in Bowling in Auckland and are waiting for me to improve my skills so I can compete with them.With four grandchildren in North Canterbury (and two in the North Island) and with being self employed I am limited to my days of playing, although that may change as they get older and go to school.Looking forward to a new season of bowls and being part of a dynamic & diverse Board.
Sharon WilsonBorn in Darfield Hospital I grew up in the small township of Coalgate and have
always remained a country girl at heart.
After spending 45 years as a Teacher I retired in 2018 but still remain active in
Primary School sport, something I have done for over 45 years.
Recently I was made a Life Member of the Canterbury Primary Schools Sports Association.
I have been involved in many sports (hockey, tennis, cricket, football, basketball, golf and bowls) as a player, coach and administrator. My passion for bowls has continued to grow over the last 20 years.
I was also involved in Scouting for over 15 years and attended four Jamborees. My interests include gardening, reading especially biographies, fishing, DIY and sampling a good dram of single malt.
I value discretion and confidentiality, enjoy a challenge and I am looking forward to being a member of the Bowls Canterbury Board.
Mark SchraderCurrently a playing member at Belfast Bowling Club and continuing to love the sport after 30 years. A huge thanks to my wife and 2 children (now grown up) for letting me spend the time not just playing bowls but also undertaking representative, management and administrative duties.Also, up until this year, there was 15 years with Canterbury Rugby assisting with teenage rugby management and like a lot of other Dad’s was coerced when my kids were younger into club rugby coaching, management and administrative duties also. A busy work environment in Commercial Banking with Westpac is balanced with the great social and competitive nature that bowls brings. Other hobbies include trail cycling, overseas travel (when we can) and getting away in the Caravan with a great bunch of camping mates.
In summary I love bowls that is “the game for all ages” that can be very social or fiercely competitive but mainly for the friendships that have developed and stayed over the years.
Craig CarterI have been playing bowls for 25 years having retired form senior rugby I wanted another challenge.
For last 14 years I have travelled to bowls Hornby to play Saturday interclub. I was president of the Methven bowling club for 4 years and am their club captain now. I have represented mid-Canterbury, Canterbury Country and Canterbury Senior Men over the years, and are the Canterbury Country convernor of selectors.
I live in Methven with my wife Wendy who started playing bowls to see more of me. We have been married for 40 years, and have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. We run our own business in Methven employing 13 staff. I have enjoyed my 1st year on the board and I am looking forward to working with the new president and board members this coming year.