Vale | RON TUCKERMAN
It is with regret we advise the recent death of Ron Tuckerman. Ron was a Norths player from 1954 to 1963. Ron moved to Canberra from Illawarra and in 1954 was in the 1st Grade Premiership Runners up side (with current player Willoughby Axelsen’s grandfather Allan Axelsen). Ron toured Tonga with an Australian XV at the end of the season. In 1956 he was a reserve for ACT against Springboks.
Ron went on to distinguish himself in Lawn Bowls. President of ACT’s Yowani Country Club‘s bowls committee from 1974-77, before taking the reins of the ACT Bowls Association (now Bowls ACT) from 1986-1988 and eventually elected to the presidency of the Australian Bowling Council (now Bowls Australia) from 1992-94.
During his term at a national level, Tuckerman was an executive member of the World Bowls board, and member of their rules committee, and an executive member of Australian Commonwealth Games Association (now Commonwealth Games Australia).
Ron was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, was inducted in the ACT Sport Hall of Fame in 2010, and is a life member of Bowls ACT and Yowani.
Earlier this year, on May 7, he notched up a momentous milestone in reaching his 500th pennant match at Yowani Bowls, although, sadly it was to be his last. Ron Hayes tells the editor this is an extraordinary achievement unlikely to ever be repeated.