Important COVID-19

The New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame is closed in-keeping with latest COVID-19 government requirements.
Elsie Wilkie
Inducted in 1990
It can’t be the lot of many women in New Zealand sport who first become a world champion when they’re a grandmother.
Sporting Category:
  • Bowls
Yet that was the distinction for Elsie Wilkie who won her first world singles bowls title in 1973 at the age of 50. And she successfully defended her title four years later.

Just to show how good she could be, Wilkie in 1977 challenged three men’s champions, Ivan Kostanich, Phil Skoglund and Wayne Sellars, and beat each of them.

Wilkie didn’t take up bowls until she was 31 and continued to play until 1988, when she was 66.

She won eight national titles and 28 Waikato Centre titles and was later a national selector.

Sporting Spotlight

Annelise Coberger

(1971 - )

In a sport in which New Zealanders, or southern hemisphere skiers generally, barely leave an imprint in the snow, she was for a time the best in the world.
Our Sponsors
New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
Railway Station
Anzac Avenue
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand
Close menu

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with stylesheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so. The latest version of Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer will work best if you're after a new browser.