Lydia Waters, 74, was inducted into the National Deaf Bowling Association Hall of Fame on Friday night at BWI Airport Marriott Hotel Waters, who was born in Goodhue, Minn., and attended the Minnesota School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University, began bowling in 1961 and soon became involved with the American Deaf Women's Bowling Association. In 1965 she was elected president of the ADWBA and served in that capacity for 10 years.
In 1974 the Baltimore city resident moved to the East Coast with her husband Edward and became active in the Atlantic Coast Deaf Women's Bowling Association and in 1975 she was elected vice president. In 1976 she became president and served until 1983.
An average bowler, Waters carried a career-high average in 1986 of 143. In 1990 she fired her high game of 210 and in 1982 posted her high set of 564.
For 21 years she participated in the ADWBA tournaments and for 12 years in the ACDWBA events.
She served as secretary for the Deaf Colts League at Fair Lanes Towson in 1981 and '82 and was on the league team champions in 1978, '82, '84 and '85.
In 1988 she was inducted into the Atlantic Coast Deaf Women's Bowing Association Hall of Fame.
In 1991 she was inducted into the American Deaf Women's Bowling Association as one of the first five women enshrined.
In July 1991 she was inducted into the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf for her leadership.
It's fitting that Lydia Waters was inducted into the National Deaf Bowling Hall of Fame at this time. Deaf bowlers from across the nation and the world, some from as far away as Australia, gathered in Glen Burnie for bowling tournaments, filling two centers, Bowl America Glen Burnie and Fair lane Ritchie, last week.
John Wise, Chairman of the Chesapeake Bowling Association of the Deaf, labored for five years to bring success to the tournaments. Even a mild heart attack didn't stop Wise from seeing his "dream come true."
That dream brought the 30th World's Deaf Championship, the 22nd National Deaf 4-man team Doubles/Singles, the 19th National Deaf Masters and the 3rd National Deaf Seniors events to Bowl America Glen Burnie.
At Ritchie the 20th Annual World Deaf Women's Championship Bowling Tournament drew 225 women bowlers to compete in the Queens, Senior, Team, Doubles and Singles events. There were 304 men bowlers at Bowl America.
The activities finished with the Hall of Fame induction banquet.
The National Deaf Bowling Association, a 10-pin organization, created a new category, "Special Recognition," added for bowlers who do not qualify under present NDB Hall of Fame rules.
The first Special Recognition Award went to a duckpin bowler, L. Leroy Christian of McLean, Va.
NABI will be at Fair Lanes Ritchie on July 30-31. First place is a guaranteed $1,000. For information, call (410) 761-3800.
The Duckpin Bowlers Tour will be held at Fair Lanes Southwest July 22-24. It's a doubles format with a guaranteed first-place prize of $1,000. For information, call (410) 747-8429.