Barry Athletic Bowls Club
The Ron Thomas Pairs
The Ron Thomas Memorial Pairs competition is an open pairs tournament held annually at Barry Athletic Bowls Club in the memory of former member and chairman Ron Thomas O.B.E.
The club is most grateful to Mrs Mary Thomas and family for their ongoing support for the tournament in memory of Ron, one of our most respected members.
First joining the club in the 1950's in the steps of his father Cliff, Ron recorded numerous achievements during his long and distinguished career in bowls. He was a member of the club's Carruthers Shield winning side in 1957, and selected to play for Wales (indoor) in 1955 and outdoor in 1960. In 1966 he represented Wales in the first World Championships in Australia in 1966. He was also a member of the club's four that won the British Championships in 1963.
Other notable achievements include presidency of the Welsh Indoor Bowling Association in 1984/5, presidency of the Barbarians BA in 1981, Chairman of the Welsh Umpires Association in 1981, and of the Welsh Association of Visually Handicapped Bowlers. In 1994 he was awarded the M.B.E for services to Welsh Visually handicapped bowlers and bowls generally.
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