Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) is the recognised governing body for para bowls in Scotland and is tasked with selecting a national squad that is capable of delivering medals at the highest levels of international competition, including the Home Nations Championships, IBD World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Scotland is considered to be one of the leading nations within the sport and our intention is to build on this success.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games para programme will include both the B2/B3 Mixed Pair and the B6/B7/B8 Open Triple events. During a period of intense competitions, including the 8 Nations and Para Sport Test Event in Broadbeach, Australia and the Bowls Scotland National Championships, SDS along with the coaching staff, have decided to reduce the overall squad. Thus allowing a more focussed approach to those players & directors who are still in the frame for the Games next year.
Commenting on the squad reduction, SDS Performance Manager Gary Fraser said:
“We are at the stage of the process where a more focused approach needs to be taken and therefore a reduction in squad size is essential. Following the 8 Nations and Para Sport Test Event we learned an awful lot about the players, the conditions and the style of play required to be successful at the Games next year, and although it is incredibly difficult to reduce the player pool, we are confident in those that we are taking forward. The strength in depth we have across the programme at the present time is strong and we’d like to thanks all those players who have contributed to date.”
A further reduction will be made ahead of the Home International Pairs and Triples test event that will take place in Nottingham from the 27 – 29 of October 2017. This will be the last selection event prior to SDS nominating players and directors to Commonwealth Games Scotland.
CG2018 Extended Squad
|Open Triple B6/B7/B8|
|Mike Nicoll||B6||Jedburgh||Scottish Borders|
|Garry Brown||B7||Kirkmuirhill||South Lanarkshire|
|John Hughes||B7||Stewarton||East Ayrshire|
|John Wardrope||B7||Ayr||South Ayrshire|
|Mixed Pair B2/B3|
|Billy Edgar||B2||Saltcoats||North Ayrshire|
|Irene Edgar||B2||Saltcoats||North Ayrshire|
|Sarah Jane Ewing||Dunfermline||Fife|
|David Thomas||Ardrossan||North Ayrshire|
|Grace Whitton||Bothwell||North Lanarkshire|
|Bob Dick (Head Coach)||Cupar||Fife|
|Chris McGready||Falkirk||Forth Valley|
|Nigel Walker||Dalgety Bay||Fife|
|Wendy Purdie||Livingston||West Lothian|