Can you believe she's just turned 100?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Ballina's Carm Sheather turned 100 on April 30.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Ballina's Carm Sheather turned 100 on April 30. Graham Broadhead

BALLINA'S Thelma Sheather, known to all as Carm, has only just given up playing bowls.

That might not seem too unusual.

But she played her last end just a week before her 100th birthday on April 30.

She admitted she only played half the game of fours before a replacement bowler took over. And she's not sure which team won.

"We were winning when I left," the woman better known as Carm said.

However, by playing half a game of bowls at the age of 99, there is little doubt Carm was the winner regardless of the score.

She had been playing bowls for 47 years but thought it was now "time to give up".

But she said she would still go to watch the games.

Carm was born in Lismore and grew up in Goolmangar to the north-west of the city.

When she married her husband, Ernie, they moved to Nimbin, where they owned a general store and bakery.

About 10 years later they moved to a farm at Cumbalum before eventually moving to Ballina.

Carm has been living in her Ballina home for 57 years. She puts her longevity down to "keeping active" and bowls has been a big part of that.

"And I've been fortunate enough to have good health," she said.

Carm was particularly active over the past week. She didn't have just one birthday party - she had three.

On April 29, the ladies of Ballina Women's Bowling Club - Carm is a patron - put on a luncheon in her honour.

On her birthday she shared lunch with members of her family, then the big party was held last Saturday.

Though she is 100, Carm has found there's still much to learn.

Carm recently discovered one of her ancestors, Thomas Jamison, was on the First Fleet as a Royal Navy surgeon's mate. He later went on to be the surgeon-general in the New South Wales colony.

Carm has three children, 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.


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