Millie Khan
Personal information
Born(1938-07-29)29 July 1938
Died24 November 2003(2003-11-24) (aged 65)
Spouse(s)Ronald Amin Khan
RelativesJan Khan (daughter)
Marina Khan (daughter)
CountryNew Zealand
SportLawn bowls
ClubMatamata Bowling Club
Achievements and titles
National finals11 national titles
Medal record
Women's lawn bowls
Representing  New Zealand
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1990 Auckland Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Singles
Asia Pacific Bowls Championships
Gold medal – first place 1985 Tweed Heads Fours
Gold medal – first place 1989 Suva Singles
Gold medal – first place 1995 Dunedin Triples
Gold medal – first place 1995 Dunedin Fours
Silver medal – second place 1985 Tweed Heads Triples
Silver medal – second place 1985 Suva Pairs
Silver medal – second place 1997 Warilla Singles
Silver medal – second place 1997 Warilla Pairs

Millie Cecilia Khan MBE (29 July 1938 – 24 November 2003) was a lawn bowls competitor for New Zealand.[1]

Personal life

Khan is of Māori descent through her mother, while her father was a Yugoslav emigrant. She married her husband Ron Khan, who is of Pakistani descent, when she was 16.[2][3][4] Two of her daughters (Jan Khan and Marina Khan) were also New Zealand representative lawn bowlers.[5]

Bowls career

A competitor at four Commonwealth Games; she won a silver medal in the women's singles at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. She won a bronze medal in the same event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.[6]

She won eight medals at the Asia Pacific Bowls Championships including four gold medals.[7]

Khan won a total of eleven New Zealand National Bowls Championships titles; four in the singles (1989, 1990, 1992 and 2000); two in the pairs (1994 and 2000) and five in the fours (1989, 1990, 1997, 2001 and 2002) bowling for the Matamata Bowling Club.[8]

Honours and awards

In the 1990 Queen's Birthday Honours, Khan was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to bowls.[9]

In 2013, Khan was an inaugural inductee into the Bowls New Zealand Hall of Fame.[10]


  1. ^ HighBeam Research - Bowls NZ champion dies, aged 65[dead link]
  2. ^ Longmore, Andrew (16 September 1998). "Spiritual guidance for Khan". The Independent. Archived from the original on 14 May 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Renowned sportswoman dies". New Zealand Herald. 24 November 2003. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. ^ Ratttue, Chris (8 January 2010). "My life in sport: Jan Khan". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  5. ^ HighBeam Research - If anyone can Millie Khan[dead link]
  6. ^ Millie Khan Bowls Tawa
  7. ^ "Asia Pacific Championships Past Winners" (PDF). World Bowls. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  8. ^ "New Zealand Championships". Bowls Tawa.
  9. ^ "No. 52174". The London Gazette. 16 June 1990. p. 30.
  10. ^ "Bowls legends honoured at inaugural Hall of Fame celebration". Bowls New Zealand. 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.