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Kane Tobin
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Kane got his start in lawn bowls after he moved to Tacoma in 2017. There he stepped foot on his first green and after his first day of bowls, was immediately hooked. He quickly worked to revive the dormant club, and was instrumental in its reestablishment as a fixture of Wright Park and the larger Northwest Division; he also currently serves as a Councilor to Bowls USA representing the NWD. New to the Pacific Northwest himself, but already making an impression on his local area, Kane is dedicated to sustainable programs that build community and strengthen relationships between diverse people. He is a Veteran of the 10th Mountain Division and graduate of the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont with a Masters in Sustainable Innovation.


Tournament Record

4th - 2019 Cascadia Challenge

1st - 2019 Short Jack Tournament

3rd - 2017 Northwest Division Novice Singles

Nathan Van Ness

Vice President/Director of Tournaments and Leagues

Nathan was dragged onto the green on a last minute invitation in August 2017, hasn't left, and is now a fixture on greens throughout the Northwest Division. He serves as both the Vice President of Tacoma and the Northwest Division. Even more, as competition chair, he is responsible for running any leagues and tournaments hosted by the club, organizing logistics for traveling to tournaments hosted by other clubs, and setting a comically high bar for the club's long-term plans. He also is currently serving as the vice president of the Northwest Division.

Tournament Record

2nd - 2018 Northwest Division Novice Singles

3rd Flight Champion - 2018 Northwest Division Short Jack Doubles

Antonio Yune


With the Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club since its' rebirth in 2017, Antonio recently stepped into a leadership role in the Club.

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Ayla Janukajtis

Marketing & Merchandising

A graduate of the 1st 2019 Learn to Bowl program, Ayla quickly took to the sport of bowls and has already made a mark on the division with her team taking 4th place in the 2019 Cascadia Challenge. A native of New York, she moved to Tacoma in 2013 and is the Marketing and Community Engagement Manager at the world famous Museum of Glass in downtown Tacoma. Now with the Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club, she is lending her expertise to the development of yet another Tacoma institution that delivers a positive impact on community engagement and inclusion.

Tournament Record

4th - 2019 Cascadia Challenge

Kyleigh Palmer

Marketing & Merchandising

A native Australian, Kyleigh hails from the land of lawn bowling. Now in Tacoma, she is one the newest members of the Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club as a fellow graduate of the club's 1st 2019 Learn to Bowl Program. As the Sponsorship Manager for Tacoma Arts Live, Kyleigh now brings her experience and skills to the Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club.

Tournament Record

4th - 2019 Cascadia Challenge

Bob Young



Bob Young, a life-long resident of Tacoma, is a mentor for the Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club, offering advice and council on almost every matter of the club’s business. He was instrumental in building the relationship between the club and Metro Parks, and helps coach all new players to the green. Bob started lawn bowling after pitching softball for forty years, and leading ten Senior Softball National Championship teams. In 2008 Bob was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame, the first person from Pierce County with that honor. A champion in both sports, Bob has also won three lawn bowls gold medals in the Huntsman Games, against competition from around the world.

Tournament Record

3x Silver - 2015 Huntsman World Senior Games

3x Gold - 2014 Huntsman World Senior Games

Michael McKinley

Club Coach


Michael is one of the few veteran bowlers at the Tacoma Club. He began lawn bowling with his father in the mid-1970s in Sun City, Arizona; and he continued bowling at Jefferson Park from 1980 to 1997. He rejoined the sport after the Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club became a Metro Parks Tacoma program in 2017. He enjoys sharing the joy and excitement of lawn bowling with other bowlers in Wright Park. You can see Michael at the green performing a myriad of services to the club, anything from teaching new bowlers, setting up and taking down the rinks, and greeting people as they stop to ask questions. He also provides council and advice to the leadership team, as well as providing purchasing support for the club.

Tournament Record

1st - 1980 Jefferson Park Novice Singles

Rick Walker

Lead Instructor


Rick's lawn bowling career began when he retired to sunny Florida and the Southeast Division of BowlsUSA. Originally from Port Townsend and raised in West Seattle, Rick became an invaluable member of the Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club, serving as an instructor for over four years. After introducing the sport to countless new bowlers in the Southeast Division, Rick returned to the Pacific Northwest and the city of Tacoma. Now bowling with the Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club, Rick’s experience and knowledge has been instrumental to the reemergence of the TLBC and it's early success in regional tournaments. Now, in 2019, Rick will be leading Tacoma’s first formalized Learn to Bowl Programs.