Rhoda Ryan
Personal information
Birth nameRhoda Constance Hawke
Born(1925-01-04)4 January 1925
Died22 April 2002(2002-04-22) (aged 77)
Matamata, New Zealand
CountryNew Zealand
SportLawn bowls
ClubStratford BC
Matamata Bowling Club
Medal record

Rhoda Constance Ryan (née Hawke; 4 January 1925 – 22 April 2002) was an international lawn bowls competitor for New Zealand.[1]

Bowls career

Ryan won the singles bronze medal at the 1985 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Melbourne, Australia. In 1990 she represented New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games and won a silver medal in the fours with Adrienne Lambert, Lyn McLean and Marlene Castle.[2]

She won two medals at the Asia Pacific Bowls Championships including a gold medal in the 1985 pairs at Tweed Heads, New South Wales.[3]

Ryan won the 1980 singles, the 1973 & 1988 pairs and the 1981, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1994 fours titles at the New Zealand National Bowls Championships when bowling mainly for the Matamata Bowls Club [4] and over 50 club titles.[5]

The eight times National Champion died in April 2002.[6]


  1. ^ Newby, Donald (1990). Daily Telegraph Bowls Yearbook 91. Telegraph Publications. ISBN 0-330-31664-8.
  2. ^ "Profile". Bowls Tawa.
  3. ^ "Asia Pacific Championships Past Winners" (PDF). World Bowls. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Championships". Bowls Tawa.
  5. ^ World Bowls Committee (1985). 5th Women's World Bowls Souvenir Programme, page 32. World Bowls Committee.
  6. ^ "Bowls: Final roll-up for a bowls champion". New Zealand Herald.