Striking Spotlight: Brenda Burns

Welcome back to this edition of “A Striking Spotlight”

This month’s Spotlight focuses on a young lady that is a vital heartbeat here in the Metro Phoenix area. Weather its helping her fellow bowlers, coworkers or anyone else she may run into. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska this mother of two and HUGE Huskers fan found her way out here to Arizona. Brenda Burns is this month’s Striking Spotlight for the month of November. Brenda has started this season becoming the new Secretary for the Kopper Kup league at AMF Union Hills and believe me that is no easy task. I have had the privilege of bowling with Brenda last season in the Draft League. Now lets take a moment to sit down and learn more about November’s Striking Spotlight Brenda Burns.

1) How did you meet your husband/wife and what drew you to him/her? I met Gary…well where else bowling of course. His engaging smile, wonderful sense of humor, and great love of all things that I love

2) Is there something you wish you could do over again? Nothing, I believe everything happens for a reason and I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of life’s journeys.

3) What is something that you are really proud of and why? I am proud of being elected into both the Phoenix Woman’s and Arizona State woman’s bowling hall of frames for superior performance before I was 40. Too bad I didn’t shoot 300 until after that, but it was worth the wait. Also, winning 4 city queens titles over 3 decades, 1989, 1997,1999,2000 (something to be said for longevity)

4) What are the goals you are still working toward? Shooting an 800 series and a 5th city queens title

5) When people look back at your life, how do you want to be remembered? A sincere, caring, giving person. A good mother, wife and friend.

6) What is your most embarrassing Bowling moment? I was at a college tournament for ASU and I looked up and saw an opponent only had 9 pins up. I was yelling “hey you don’t have a full rack!” when my teammates informed me that she was on her second ball and yes she had only gotten 1.

7) The nature of sports has changed greatly in the past decade. What do you think students should take from high-school sports? I would like the kids of today to learn the basics. They all get caught up in the new equipment instead of learning to adjust on the lanes, hand position or ball speed

8) If you could pick a nickname for yourself, what would it be? after moving to AZ my teammates have always called me B, after getting married it became BB, B squared, BBRN

9) What is the most rewarding part of your job? I happen to be very lucky to work for a company who helps people suffering from chronic pain. Each and every day i get to help someone feel better, give them some hope of a future with little or no pain. Awesome!

10) Do you have anything to say that we didn’t ask you about? I am truly blessed to have enjoyed many years doing a sport that I love. I am also very lucky that I have found someone, my soul mate that enjoys it as much as I do. I hope that I will be able to remain as competitive and healthy as Darlene Spiva. She is truly an inspiration.


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