Peter Meier started playing outdoor bowls in 1963, joining the South Brighton Bowling Club. The following year he won the club Colts title and with it represented his Club in the Canterbury Centre Champion of Champions competition which he won.
For Peter what followed was the beginning of an amazing run of Canterbury Centre Titles which still continues. He now has 27 Senior Canterbury titles to go with his initial Colts title. The first of his Senior titles was won in the 1966/67 season with a South Brighton Fours team comprising of George Crockett, Jim Clegg and Bob Hewitt. Regular titles have been amassing steadily up to the present day.
To date Peter holds the record for the number of Canterbury Mens Centre Titles – a record which he has held since 1990/91 surpassing the late Wally Wilkinson’s record of 15.
During this time he has represented the Canterbury Province on countless occasions and he numbers amongst his best achievements two National Inter Centre Mens team titles in 1969/70 and 1995/96. He also includes a National Fours title in 1988 and runner-up in 1994 as well as a West Coast Fours title won more recently in 2011/12.
Meier possesses a huge overall sporting knowledge including bowls, beginning his sporting career playing golf as a youngster aged 8 years which he then pursued at his local Waimairi Golf Course where he played actively in the Simon Cup competition.
He has confined his sport in the last 30 years to bowls and has become a formidable player at all levels and also a sound administrator where his knowledge has been utilised particularly as a Club delegate, Selector and Coach for the Bowls Clubs he has played at.
Peter currently is a member of the progressive Parklands Bowling Club and continues to play at a top level for his Club in both Inter Club and Canterbury Centre events. Only recently he was an integral member of the winning Parklands teams which took out the Veteran Double Pairs and Double Triples competitions and he is well known in Canterbury circles as a winner of more than his share of weekly tournaments.
Peter attributes his success to the grounding and mentoring he was given by two well-known stalwarts – Tom Dixon and Bob Hewitt at the South Brighton Bowling Club in the late 60s and 70s where he was not only given the basics of the game but learnt to play in teams where he gained Centre titles playing in all positions.
Meier, aged 78 only transferred to Parklands this season and he believes the Parklands Bowling Club is a good move for himself with what they have planned for the future and he said that “Canterbury can only benefit from their progressive approach.”
He is well known in Canterbury bowling circles apart from his playing prowess as a top administrator and a good sportsman, never short of praise for his team and opponents.
Peter’s knowledge of bowls and his memory of games he has played is second to none and he will be a loss to the game if and when he eventually retires from the game that he loves. He quotes: ‘It’s a game you can keep playing until you die and I am happy to continue to play whilst I stay fit enough.”