Rio Tinto mine death: Bowls WA pays tribute to Daniel Patterson

Daniel Patterson. Photo: Facebook
Daniel Patterson. Photo: Facebook

BOWLS WA has paid tribute to popular bowler Daniel Patterson after his death at the Rio Tinto’s Channar minesite in Paraburdoo on Wednesday night.

Mr Patterson (28) was fatally injured when the truck he was driving left the road about 11pm.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is investigating the incident.

A Bowls WA statement said Mr Patterson “was an extremely likeable personality within the bowls family and one of Western Australia’s top state representatives”.

He began bowling at Bassendean Bowling Club before moving to Cambridge Bowling Club.

He notched up 66 appearances since making his debut in 2012 as the state’s 169th capped male player.

His playing achievements included three major state titles and a runner-up in the 2015 State Singles.

Daniel and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their first child just three months ago.

Daniel Patterson’s WA State Bowls Achievements

WA State Representative cap 169 – 66 games

State Singles Runner-Up 2015

State Triples Winner 2010 & 2017

State Champion of Champion Singles Winner 2013