Essex County Singles Bowls Champion: July 1964

Ellen Austin was a founder member of Thurrock Ladies’ Bowls Club in 1949 and became its Secretary in 1950. After gaining a County badge in 1954, she played for the County many times. She was winner of the Essex County Women’s Bowling Association Secretary -Treasurer Cup in 1961 and runner-up in 1962. At the time of winning the Essex County Singles Bowls Championship she had already won her Club’s singles title six times and the mixed pairs title on two occasions. Following her success as County Champion, Ellen Austin reached the fourth round of the National Singles Championship at Wimbledon, losing by one shot.

She continued to win many local competitions and in 1968, at the age of 69, Ellen Austin was nominated for Thurrock Sports Council’s Sports Personality of the Year Award.