Top hon­ours for South Otago bowler


A stel­lar sea­son for young South Otago in­door bowler Alanna Preddy has been crowned with a Player of the Year ac­co­lade.

Preddy, 23, ac­cepted the award at an end of year cer­e­mony held in Bal­clutha Memo­rial Hall on Satur­day night, af­ter also be­com­ing the youngest player to re­ceive her cen­tre Gold Star ear­lier this year, in May.

The Player of the Year nod was all the sweeter for pip­ping her mother Shona to the post this sea­son.

‘‘It feels good to beat Mum to Player of the Year. I’m pretty happy,’’ Preddy said.

In fact, Preddy would en­joy boast­ing rights through­out her house­hold, as twin awards this year also came at the ex­pense of pre­vi­ous holder, brother Stephen.

Sub­se­quent to notch­ing up her Gold Star, Preddy went on to gain two more ti­tles this year, with wins in the South Otago Open fours and the women’s sin­gles.

She was also run­ner-up in the mixed fours.

High­light of her sea­son, how­ever, had been play­ing in the South Is­land team last month, skip­ping the triples team, and go­ing on to win the In­ter­is­land medal by beat­ing North Is­land 2-1.

‘‘I feel proud to have brought home an In­ter­is­land medal, es­pe­cially skip­ping the team.

It made up for last time skip­ping the triples in 2013, when we didn’t do so well,’’ Preddy said.

The young champ di­vides her time nowa­days be­tween her birth­place of Bal­clutha, and Dunedin, where she lives and works with part­ner Chris.

Giv­ing a lit­tle back to the sport, the pair help run in­door week­end bowl­ing ses­sions for the blind at South Dunedin’s Blind Foun­da­tion Otago head­quar­ters.

In­door bowls was a sport open to all, Preddy said.

‘‘Blind peo­ple can play, any­one can play. It’s friendly and com­pet­i­tive, and pretty so­cia­ble.’’

Af­ter ac­com­pa­ny­ing the Otago Blind In­door Bowl­ing Club to Hamil­ton for the na­tion­als over Labour Week­end, Preddy said she would rest up un­til next sea­son. At Satur­day night’s South Otago awards cer­e­mony, Mar­i­lyn Pater­son also gained her Gold Star, Christine King 10 ti­tles, David Grant 15 ti­tles, and Eileen Grant and Robert Wilson 25 ti­tles each.


Alanna Preddy be­came South Otago In­door Bowler of the Year.

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