An accomplished lawn bowling athlete, nationally certified umpire and long-serving community and national coach, Jean Roney is one of six individuals honoured with a Volunteer Recognition Award in the 2020 Saskatchewan Sport Awards.
Roney was nominated by Bowls Saskatchewan.
A member of the Bowls Saskatchewan Board of Directors for 31 years, Roney has held many positions and often more than one at a time. Her work on committees expanded to Bowls Canada Boulingrin as a member and chairperson of the National Officiating Committee, National Awards Committee and High Performance Program. A nationally certified umpire since 1997, she has been head umpire for senior national championships, youth national championships and was responsible for the assignment and training of umpires in the province.
As a coach, Roney has helped the sport grow—running Learn to Bowl sessions—and she was the Team Coach for the U18 and U25 teams who attended Canadian Championships in 2019. She has also attended World Bowls, Eight Nations Competition, the Commonwealth Games and the Asia Pacific Games as a coach or manager for Team Canada.
Each day this week, two recipients from the six long-serving volunteers and the four dedicated and decorated coaches honoured as recipients of the 2020 Saskatchewan Sport Awards will be featured through tribute videos on Sask Sport and the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan’s website and social media channels. Visit the 2020 Saskatchewan Sport Awards announcement to learn more.
About the Saskatchewan Sport Awards
The Saskatchewan Sport Awards honours the hard work and dedication of those in the province’s amateur sport community.
Nominees for the Saskatchewan Sport Awards were submitted by active and affiliate members of Sask Sport. Recipients were selected by a Sask Sport awards committee.
The Saskatchewan Sport Awards are supported by Sask Lotteries, the main fundraiser for sport, culture and recreation groups in Saskatchewan. Every year, proceeds from Sask Lotteries support more than 12,000 non-profit groups that support activities and opportunities that help all participants of all ages and abilities to play, create and grow.