Dylis Turner competed in her first Canadian Championship, when she was just 19 years old. That team won a Canadian gold medal and she never looked back.
At the local level, “Little Dynamite” won the city high average on nine occasions, and among those nine high average titles was a record 278 average in 1965. Add to that a couple of 1,000 series, (1,054 and 1,002); as well as seven games of 400 or better (including two games of 440). Turner won the city singles title eight times to equal Ollie Hyndiuk. She made the Winnipeg Zone team 15 times.
On the national scene, Turner added more medals to her collection. Gold medals were earned on mixed teams in 1962, 1967, and 1974. In 1962, she rolled a 10 game series of 2,549, the highest of any woman in the tournament. Silver medals were won in the single’s category in 1967 and 1980. It was back to the team events for her bronze medal when the ladies team came third in 1978. In the Masters Association it was the same story. A member of the provincial team in nine different years, Turner won the provincial single’s title in 1980 and 1981, the Canadian Title in 1980, and added the Provincial Team Championship in 1986.
As a builder, Dylis Turner used the same energy and prowess she did as a bowler. When the Master Bowlers Association started to gain prominence in Canada and solicited Manitoba’s membership, Turner helped establish the provincial association in Thompson, Manitoba, in 1973. She also took on executive positions ranging from secretary to president at the provincial and city level. Turner coached the Youth Bowling Congress, High School, Winnipeg 5-Pin, and Manitoba Provincial Teams. Her totals for 14 years of coaching in the Canadian Five and Masters are eight gold, six silver, and seven bronze medals. She was twice selected Canadian Coach of the Year.
b. April 9, 1943