Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Norma's Memory Lives on; Tribute Competition to Bowls Legend Held

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Norma's Memory Lives on; Tribute Competition to Bowls Legend Held

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Byline: LAURA WOODCOCK

A TEESSIDE bowling legend has been remembered when the first annual competition in her name was held.

Norma Shaw, who was known as the best English Lady Bowls player ever, died in June 2009 aged 72, and was playing the game she loved right to the end.

In her memory, a trophy was made in her name and on Sunday, August 22, the first annual Norma Shaw MBE Memorial Trophy competition was held.

Norma's career first began when, with husband Dennis, she was walking by Norton Green. They stopped to watch a match, got into a conversation and were invited to join the club.

From that moment, Norma never looked back and her career pinnacle came in 1981 when she became the world outdoor singles champion in Toronto.

Further success then followed with Norma winning silver in the triples in 1988 and 2000, silver in the fours in 1988 and bronze in the singles in 1981, 1985 and 1988.

She also helped the English team win the overall world team trophy in 1981, 1988 and 2000 and at the Commonwealth Games she won a triples bronze in Brisbane in 1982, a bronze in the singles in Victoria, Canada in 1984 and four bronzes in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

In the Atlantic Rim games, she won a gold in the singles and a silver in the pairs in Florida in 1993 while helping England win the team trophy. …

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