2001 Inductee February 18, 2001

penkalaThis year’s inductee needs no introduction to anyone who has ever bowled in the Northwest Territories. If you have ever spent any time at the Polar Bowl in Yellowknife you will have met him on many occasions. Even if you haven’t been involved in the NWT bowling community you will probably have heard his name as he is well known across the country for his bowling prowess and many accomplishments.

This gentleman’s achievements are the stuff of which legends are made. As Steve O’Hara said when introducing him, ” The numbers tell a far better story than anything I would be able to come up with. The fact is numbers don’t lie.”

Our inductee this year coached on numerour occasions including at the Canadian National Championships as far back as the 1970’s and twice at the Youth Bowling Council National Championships. He has served on the NWT5PBA Board of Directors almost continuously since 1981 working to promote and develop the sport to the level it is today.

As a bowler our inductee has qualified for the Canadian National Championships on twentmikemaryy separate occasions and won the NWT Open Championships in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998,1999 and 2000. Three years ago on February 19,1998 he achieved bowling perfection with a 450 single.

In 1996 he won the Silver Medal in the men’s singles competition in St. John’s Newfoundland. In the last game of the qualifying round and the three games in the stepladder competition (two of which were nationally televised) he scored an incredible 1328 for a 332 average!

Obviously, from the results this weekend, our inductees career is far from over as he finished in first place after the round robin competition. Although he didn’t win the NWT Championship this year there are many chapters remaining to be written in the story of our 2001 NWT Hall of Fame inductee.