Peter Mueller becomes life member of Bowls SA

Peter Mueller, who has spent decades representing the sport of lawn bowls at a regional, state, and national level, will be inducted as a life member of Bowls SA on May 18.

“I’m gobsmacked,” Mueller said of the honour.

“I didn't expect it. I’ve played a lot of bowls, and I've enjoyed giving back something to the game that I’ve got so much pleasure out of.”

Mark Easton, the CEO of Bowls SA, said Mueller was a “natural inductee” for one of the highest honours the organisation can give.

Mueller began playing bowls in the 1980/81 season, and the following season played pennants, which is when he “really started”.

Since then he has represented the state on 244 occasions, and been a state selector on numerous levels, most recently in 2017 overseeing the winning national seniors (over sixties) team.

Mueller has represented Australia in round robins 15 years in a row, and has won eight state club championships. He has won five club singles, two at the Naracoorte Bowls Club and three at Frances.

He has also served as a board member for both of these clubs.

Among his many other accolades, he has toured New Zealand twice as a state representative, has been a member of the state bowls team for 15 consecutive years, and has served many years as a regional (South East) selector. He is in the seniors team committee and selector committee. 

“My father played a lot of bowls, he played a lot of bowls in his club,” Mueller said about how he got into the game.

“We had our own bowling green, so I saw a lot of it when I was a kid.”

Ian Williams, the president of the Naracoorte Bowls Club, congratulated Mueller on his remarkable achievement and career.

“Naracoorte Bowls Club is very proud of his achievements, and what he's done for the sport,” Williams said.