Lifetime passion


Calvary Hospital 103-year-old resident Kath Robinson has been an avid indoor bowler for more than 50 years.

As members of the former St Patrick’s Bowling Club, she and her husband Les played individual, pairs and rinks, representing Southland in South Island championships during their heyday.

Mrs Robinson said she thought she was the last remaining member of the club still alive.

She enjoyed everything about the sport, particularly the social aspect.

“We had a great deal of friends who all played together. It was a very social affair,” she said.

Mrs Robinson’s daughter Kathy Heissenbuttel said raising a family of eight children, playing indoor bowls once a week was the only thing her mother ever did for herself, and she was very good at it.

“She was always winning.”

Mrs Robinson still plays indoor bowls at Calvary Hospital every Tuesday.

Calvary Hospital activities co-ordinator Kendall McMinn said although Mrs Robinson was nearly blind, she still played remarkably well and her delivery was “pretty spot on”.

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