JOANNE WALKER KEEFE
Inducted - 2023
In 1973 Joanne entered the city if Montreal Tenpin Bowling Tournament, which was a qualifier for the regional’s, Provincial’s and finally the National’s. Making it to the National’s Joanne represented Canada in international competition until 1984, winning medals on several occasions. Joanne was a member of Team Canada, competing in the World Tournament which was held every four years and in the America’s Tournament, held on the alternate fourth year and featured teams from countries in North, South and Central America. Following a hiatus from competitive bowling to raise her family, Joanne returned to the sport in 2003, driving from her Long Sault home to Montreal to compete. Picking up right from where she left off many years earlier, Joanne set a Canadian Ladies record that stood for eleven years, bowling an 804 in a three game series. A perfect game in Tenpin bowling is 300, in one of those three games Joanne had a 299. She has represented Canada in many foreign locales including Cali Columbia, Caracas Venezuela, London England, and Manila in the Philippines.
Joanne retired from bowling in 2015 following Team Canada’s Gold Medal win in Cali Columbia.
At the inaugural induction in 1994, Joanne Walker Keefe became the first person to be inducted into the Canadian Tenpin Bowling Hall of Fame.
Joanne accepting her award from committee member and Councillor Cindy Woods.