We are saddened to learn of the passing of Lesley Potter.
Lesley was from New Zealand, and bowled with the Skelly Hiltons Team. She represented Team Great Britain winning a Bronze medal at the 1975 AMF Bowling World Cup, a Silver medal at the 1976 European Cup Teams in 1976 and numerous domestic Premier Tenpin Bowling Club and Northern Scratch Tour titles into the late 1980’s.
Personal friend Kay Michael and BTBA Chairman Martin Webster have sent the following messages to share:
Kay Michael, personal friend
“It was a shock to hear of the sudden death of Lesley Potter.
“I first met her in the early 70’s and when she knew I was getting married and moving to London in 1979, she contacted me as she wanted me to bowl in the Wednesday Night 4s at the Airport, then later in the Friday Night 5s at Streatham.
“She was a great team bowler and one of the top women bowlers at the time, and I enjoyed playing with her.
“She left England 30 years ago to go back to New Zealand where she continued her bowling career. In 1995 my husband Brian was at the World Championships in Reno and met up with Lesley. She gave him her New Zealand shirt for me, which I still have.
“I have always kept in touch with Lesley & Vic which became easier with emails and facebook. It is a very difficult time for Vic – he’s aware of all the messages and he appreciates them.”
Martin Webster, BTBA Chairman
I grew up at the ABC Bexleyheath Bowl where my parents, George and Jean Webster, ran the bar upstairs under the supervision of Janet and Bill Morrison, so knew Lesley as a junior and used to watch her and Vic play in leagues.
Lesley progressed over the years to reach England standard and played in many international competitions and was a great ambassador for our sport all over the World. When they moved to New Zealand, many of her friends kept in touch and Keith and Jan Hodge went to see them only last year.
It was a real shock to hear the sad news of her passing and on behalf of the BTBA, her friends and bowling colleagues from all over the World, rest in peace Lesley and thank you for your contribution to our sport. We will miss you.
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