Mildred "Millie" Evans - Athlete (5 Pin Bowling) - Class of 2023

Trailblazer, role model and barrier breaker.

Mildred Evans was born in Milton in 1924. She attended Bruce Street Public School and Milton High School, where she was always an outstanding athlete, taking part in various sports along the way.

Millie served in WWII as a member of the Milton Canadian Auxiliary Territorial Service, and in 1943 she entered the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as a member of Class #2 of the School of Photography in Rockcliffe, Ontario.

She received the rank of Captain and while in the RCAF starred on the baseball, track and field, and basketball teams.

In 1946, she joined the Oakwood Ladies Fastball League and excelled in playing fastball and became a member of the Toronto Kalyx Fastball Team.

Her true love came at the bowling alley, and in 1999 Mille was named the top female five-pin “Bowler of the Century” by the Ontario Master’s Bowling Association (MBA).

Over three decades on the circuit Millie racked up the accolades. She held an incredible 250 point average and enjoyed the rare feat of a perfect game in 1970 with the Olympia Mixed Major League.

Millie was at her best when it counted the most, winning 13 Masters Tournament titles — a record that still stands until today.

Millie was inducted into the 5 Pin Bowlers’ Hall of Fame in 1986 and was a titleholder of nine Ontario Bowling Championships between 1955-1972.

In 2019, Millie was recognized by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) as one of Milton’s top 100 leading women trailblazers.