She's bowled her way to countless championship appearances. She's been a member of various provincial teams. She's even passed down her knowledge as a coach.
For Prince George five-pin bowler Kim Chadwick, 46, a string of success started in 1978 when she became a national senior girls champion. Still knocking down pins today, Chadwick has shown no signs of slowing down, coming off a 2009 in which she placed second in singles at the Canadian championships, was named the the list of Top 100 female bowlers for the past 100 years, played on the B.C. Masters ladies team and coached Team Okanagan to gold at men's bowling nationals.
Previously missing among Chadwick's accomplishments, her eventual inclusion in the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame wasn't in question. Based on her success and experience, it was more a matter of when she'd be inducted, not if she would be.
Chadwick's uncle and Hall of Fame committee member Tom Masich, inducted in 1998 for his efforts coaching track and field, told her the news.
"Over the years, definitely the city has been supportive. I think it's been pretty good, all in all, with the recognition. This really is an honour," said Chadwick, a hair stylist who works from home. "As a city, they've done really well at promoting, I think, everybody that's been in sports here. I don't know if that's because it's a smaller city. I find with my clients everyone seems to know what's going on, so I think it's always been really good."
Chadwick's individual medal collection is highlighted by national gold (1988) and silver (2004) from the TSN Pins Game, in addition to national gold in 1999 in the Master Ladies Singles category. She and her teammates on the B.C. Masters ladies team finished third and fourth at nationals in 1995 and 1996 respectively.
Chadwick was a member of the Team West squad that finished first at the TSN Pins Game in 2008, her fifth appearance in the competition.
A Level 2 coach, Chadwick works with children in the Youth Bowling league, and travels annually to Saskatoon to teach at the Youth Bowling School. She's coached provincial senior girls teams, including the squad that won gold at nationals in 2003.