MacTier man gets bowling hall of fame nod
GEORGIAN BAY TWP. – MacTier produces hall of famers.
The born and raised in MacTier resident Ross McNicoll has been nominated to the five-pin bowling hall of fame. A prolific bowler for close to half a century, McNicoll started in the sport shortly after leaving MacTier.
“I curled for about 10 years and when I got to Toronto I found I couldn’t afford to curl. So a bunch of guys at my work at the railroad, they were going bowling, and I asked the question, ‘what’s bowling?’ so away I went with them and that’s where it started,” said McNicoll.
Five-pin bowling is a uniquely Canadian sport started in the 1900s. The hall of fame is filled with Canada’s, and thus the world’s, best five-pin bowlers and has been running since the late ‘60s.
McNicoll said that through bowling he has been able to meet a lot of great people. In 1971 he met his wife while bowling and said that throughout his life it has been a good opportunity to socialize.
For amateur bowlers wanting to improve their game, McNicoll has some simple advice.
Know the game
“Get someone who knows the game fairly well. You don’t have to be a high average bowler just know the game and know the points. Get your stroke down, whether you’re a four-step, or three-step approach, and it’s a lot like golf hand-eye coordination and be able to read your lanes,” McNicoll said.
On top of his 12 provincial tournament victories and nine Canadian championships, McNicoll has also been a children’s coach. In 2004 he coached a youth team of five which ended up winning their regionals and the winter games.
He believes bowling is an excellent sport for young people to get into.
“It keeps them off the streets,” McNicoll said. “A lot of them I coached over the years I now play with. I coached them as kids and now I coach their kids. I take a look at them and think, my god.”