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Honeychurch, Cara

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Commonwealth or Empire Games Gold Medalist and Tenpin Bowler


Cara Honeychurch is a tenpin bowler who won the World Cup in 1996, the same year she was awarded the title of Bowler of the Year. In 1998, at Kuala Lumpar, she won three gold medals in the sport.

In 1999 she travelled to the United States, where the sport gets national TV coverage and where over 80 tournaments a year are played. In her first year as a professional, Honeychurch headed the season's averages and was second on the money earning lists. During this season, she bowled two perfect games, one of them on live TV, and in so doing earned herself a $50,000 bonus. In October 1999 she was voted Bowler of the Month by the American bowling media. In 2000, she won the Professional Women's Bowling Association (United States) Rookie of the Year award.

In October 2006, after a three year break from competition, she won the United States Bowling Congress Women's Challenge, defeating the 2005 World Ranking Masters champion, Clara Guerrero, in the final.



Gold Medalist at Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games - Ten Pin Bowling - Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles

Sources used to compile this entry: Cannizzaro, Matt, 'Australian Cara Honeychurch returns to winner's circle with victory at Women's Challenge',, United States Bowling Congress, 9 October 2006,; Cara Honeychurch File, 1996 - 2000; Newspaper Cutting Files; National Sport Information Centre; O'Regan, Mick, 'Bowling - The New Glamour Sport?', The Sports Factor, ABC Radio National, 2002,

Archival resources

National Sport Information Centre

  • Cara Honeychurch File, 1996 - 2000; Newspaper Cutting Files; National Sport Information Centre. Details

Nikki Henningham

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