Ken Williams was born in Queanbeyan on August 23, 1933 as one of nine children. Ken was one of the most versatile champion sportsmen to have graced the various sporting arenas throughout the nation.
Although he was an outstanding Australian Rules footballer, a brilliant cricketer and a better than average tennis player, it was in lawn bowls that he carved his name in history. Ken won numerous international, national, state, zone, district and club tournaments during his star studded career.
Ken’s achievements on the local scene included: District Singles and Pairs Champion from 1969 – 72; District Singles Champion of Club Champions from 1970 – 74; District Triples Champion from 1973 – 74; runner-up to Austin Mead in the District Singles Championship 1978 – 79. In addition, in 1971,73,74 and 78 Ken won gold Medals in the Canberra South’s National Master Invitation Tournament, a record that has never been broken. Between 1969 and 1977 Ken captured various titles for Canberra and Queanbeyan.
Ken’s illustrious career hit a high in the eighties when he attended the World Indoor Singles and the Hong Kong Master Pairs in 1986. One of Ken’s most significant achievements was a bronze medal in the World Pairs in 1984 and a gold medal at the Pan Pacific Games in 1990. Ken also represented Australia in the singles and triples and the Pacific Games in 1987.
Ken’s total major lawn bowls victories exceeded 100 and included Master singles titles in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Another highlight of his career was winning the Australian fours title with his close friend and fellow Australian representative bowler Ken Woods, Barry Slater and Trisha McIntosh.
Ken represented Australia on 100 occasions being the nation’s most capped player. Ken Williams was awarded an OAM for services and outstanding achievements in the sport of lawn bowls.
Born: 23 August 1933
Deceased: 3 March 1992