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VALE: Sue Geeves

by Rebecca Van Asch

Bowls Tasmania is deeply saddened by the passing of our esteemed volunteer and member Sue Geeves.  Sue has given decades of service to the game of bowls in Tasmania at a Club, Regional and State level of the game.  Sue was a delegate on the Tasmanian Women’s Bowling Association (TWBA) from 1989-1999 representing the North West Tasmanian Women’s Bowling Association with distinction.

Sue had a strong passion for coaching which began with her becoming a member of the inaugural TWBA Coaching Panel in 1988 and remained on this panel until 1998, also acting as Chairman of this committee from 1991-94.

Sue finished on the TWBA panel to take on the inaugural role of Director of Coaching on the joint State Coaching Panel with the men’s association, where she fulfilled the role of chair on this joint committee from 1999-2004.

During this time her passion for coaching grew and her expertise became even greater, becoming Tasmania’s first Level 3 Umpire.  This led Sue to become the National Coaching Director on the Australian Women’s Bowling Council – National Bowling Committee for some time, including contributing the writing of the National Bowls Coaching Manual in 1999.  This manual was used throughout Australia to train up and accredit new coaches.

She was also a member of the State Selection Panel from 1993 – 1999 and held the position of Chair from 1996-1999.  From here Sue was the manager and coach of the State Development teams for 4 years and as State Open Manager and Coach for over 10 years.

Sue’s contribution to the game of bowls in Tasmania at all levels of the sport is to be commended and we are very grateful for the tremendous amount of volunteer hours that have been given over such a prolonged period.

On behalf of the Board and Staff of Bowls Tasmania we would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Sue’s family and friends.  Rest in Peace.

 

A Note from Bowls Australia

Sue Geeves was a representative on a committee that produced a comprehensive National Bowls Coaching Manual which was produced in 1999 jointly by the Australian Bowling Council and the Australian Women’s Bowling Council.

This manual was an informative resource for Coaches in Australia and set the benchmark for lawn bowls coaching resources in the years to follow.

On behalf of Bowls Australia, I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the Geeves family on the passing of Sue and wish to acknowledge her contribution to Bowls in Tasmania and on a National scale.

Neil Dalrymple CEO Bowls Australia