Scottish Disability Sport (SDS), Bowls Scotland and Team Scotland, are disappointed to confirm that Para Lawn Bowls athlete Martin Hunter has been forced to withdraw from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games due to personal circumstances. Martin has been a stalwart of the Scottish Para Lawn Bowls Team for many years enjoying considerable success on the international stage, including a B7 Men’s Singles gold medal at the 2015 IBD World Championships.
SDS is delighted to announce that Garry Brown will step up to join the Open B6/B7/B8 Triples. Garry has a wealth of experience in Para Lawn Bowls having been a member of the Scottish Team that competed at the IBD World Championships in 2011 and 2015 and is also the reigning Scottish Indoor Champion. Garry is a fierce competitor who will also call on his previous international experience in the sports of swimming and football. His passion, enthusiasm and technical ability will complement his fellow Open B6/B7/B8 Triples team mates, debutant Mike Nicoll, and Michael Simpson, who returns after taking 4th place at Glasgow 2014.
Gavin Macleod, SDS CEO said: “We are all massively disappointed for Martin at this time but in Garry Brown we have a readymade replacement who will grasp the opportunity to represent Team Scotland at the Gold Coast Games with both hands. Garry is a team player with a wealth of experience within international sport as well as being one of Scotland’s top Para Lawn Bowlers. This selection will realise his dream to compete at a Commonwealth Games and everyone at SDS wishes him and the rest of the squad all the best in their preparation for Gold Coast 2018.”
SDS is also delighted to announce that Eric McMillan will join Team Scotland as Para-Bowls Assistant Team Manager and Coach for Gold Coast 2018. Eric has extensive experience within the sport having been on the coaching team at the 2015 IBD World Championships and Head Coach at the 2015 CPISRA World Games. We welcome Eric to Team Scotland and wish him every success for Gold Coast 2018.