Putney elected to World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame

    01/08/09

    Australia

    2009WBWHoFAnnMareePutney.jpg Australian tenpin sports star Ann-Maree Putney from Newcastle has been honored by the announcement that she is to be inducted into the international WBW Hall of Fame.

    The World Bowling Writers have elected the sport's highest achievers to its Hall of Fame ranks since 1993.

    With twenty-five years devotion to bowling, two World Championships and three Commonwealth Championship gold medals, Putney was thrilled with the news. "I am amazed that they would select me, I just can't believe it." Putney told her long-time coach and good friend, Geoff Bowness.

    Putney's career haul of eight gold, ten silver and nine bronze medals at world level is seen as a truly remarkable result and is of iconic proportions.

    In 1999 Putney's career changed forever when crowned Masters Champion at the World Championships in Abu Dhabi.

    As 2002, 2005 and 2006 arrived Putney challenged the world as she collected three straight gold medals at the biennial Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships. This would prove to be an excellent hunting ground across Scotland, Cyprus and Australia as Putney bagged a further six silver and six bronze medals.

    One of her greatest thrills came in 2007 when Putney won the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St Petersburg, Russia. Then in 2008 Putney came within a whisker of winning back-to-back World Cups in Hermosillo, Mexico with an outstanding second-place finish.

    The Women's World Championships and the Asian Zone Championships have also proven to be a place for winning.

    With twelve years still to go before becoming a senior competitor, Putney was asked about retirement and the future.

    Her answer was a swift as she knocks down tenpins. "Retirement? - Not anytime soon." was her smiling response.

    Putney signed off with, "I thought winning at world level for Australia was the pinnacle of success, but this is just a whole new experience. I am humbled," she added.