If I told you these pix were taken in 2008 would that help explain why “these girls” are so HAPPY??? And you know what?? Australia will once again host the ISA Event in 2020!!!!
Shown above with the Japanese Women Players are two Canadians, incidentally they are Mother and Daughter; Lynn Bell and daughter Tammy. They DID NOT play for Japan, they CELEBRATED with Japan!!! What a great picture; what great memories. And, in 2020, Australia will once again host the ISA Event!! The ISA is happy and pleased to announce that the Australian Shuffleboard Association will host the 39th ISA World Team Championship, to be held at Coolangatta and Elanora in the city of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, during October 2020.
The Celebration did not end in Australia, NOR SHOULD IT HAVE; the significant win for the Japanese Women Shufflers was also widely celebrated in Japan. Japan celebrated 30 years of Shuffling in 2009 and this Win in Australia set the stage for major celebrations.
The remarks below are taken from a booklet which appears to have been prepared as a part of the 30 Year Celebration.
Sachiyo Takada Speaking in 2008: IN CELEBRATION OF JNSA’s 30TH ANNIVERSARY by Sachiyo Takada.
It is my heartfelt pleasure that Japan National Shuffleboard Association (JNSA) has marked its 30th anniversary this year.
Now I am looking back on the history of JNSA, which was founded by Mr. Hikotaro Tagawa and Mr. Yoshio Kosai in 1979 and has been guided until now through considerable efforts by them as well as many other senior members including the former president Mr. Kitamura. I also thank all its members for their cooperation and activities to support the association. Two international tournaments were held (in 1968 and 1999) in Yokohama during that time (I feel grateful to many volunteers for their cooperation), and in recent years we are gradually having new participants join in our tournaments, monthly meetings and practice meetings.
As for International Tournaments, although there were some years when we had difficulty team formation. International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) has taken part in every tournament since the first one established by three countries, the United States, Canada, and Japan.
At the “27th ISA Tournament” held in Australia in 2008, the Japanese Women’s Team won the Tournament for our first victory, which has become JNSA’s glorious record. We earned tribute from participating countries. It is a respectable example of challenge, challenge, and challenge!! The achievement of the Japanese Team accomplished through these efforts has such a great value.”
I believe that Japan’s shuffleboard has steadily improved its skills through day-to-day practice and experience. We are now trying to make progress step by step as a unit in this first year after the organizational reform so that we can get back on track.. I would like to express my cordial gratitude to all the members for their cooperation. Let’s make a toast to this profound wonderful game of shuffleboard which men and women, young and old, can all enjoy together under the sun! I would like to continue the activities in hope for the members’ good health and to have new friends join us.
Chief Executive Officer, Sachiyo Takada on the occasion of the JNSA’s Celebration of 30 years of Shuffleboard in Japan.
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