Coaching Team confirmed for Birmingham 2022

We are pleased to share that our coaching team for the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has now been ratified.

Our High Performance coaches will offer vital support, both on and off the green, to the 18 players selected as part Team Scotland’s lawn bowls squad for the Games.

Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist from Manchester 2002, George Sneddon, will act as Head Coach for the mainstream players. George brings a wealth of experience to the coaching team having represented Scotland on numerous occasions and also previously carrying out the role of Men’s International Team Manager.

Bowls Scotland’s Para Bowls Co-Ordinator, Bob Christie, will be Head Coach for the para bowls squad. This will be Bob’s second Commonwealth Games as Head Coach for the para team after Gold Coast 2018. He also brings plenty of expertise having worked closely with this group of players since 2014 and being a former Scottish Internationalist himself.

Both George and Bob will be ably supported by David Peacock and Frazer Muirhead, who will act as Support Coaches throughout the event. David is a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist after triumphing in the Men’s Fours at Glasgow 2014. Previously, Frazer has worked closely with Scotland’s next generation of talents as Lead Coach for Bowls Scotland’s National Academy from 2016 to 2018. He is also a former Scottish Internationalist and the youngest ever winner of the Scottish Singles at just 19-years-old back in 1981.

Scotland’s Lawn Bowls Team Manager for Birmingham 2022, Billy Mellors, will be the spearhead for all four coaches throughout the Commonwealth Games and is excited to now have his coaching team confirmed. He said: We are immensely fortunate to have these talented individuals supporting our team and it goes without saying their experience, commitment and expertise is invaluable to the cause. Their meticulous planning ensures the players are fully prepared for the event and they are 100% player focused allowing our team to perform without uncertainty or interference.

“We have just completed our final training session and the players now go away to complete their own final preparations ahead of the Games. With Covid testing before, and on arrival at Birmingham it is important we stay low key while still getting the right amount of practice in.

“I’m very much looking forward to the Games and I would like to see the debutants embrace the occasion and our experienced players emulate their very impressive past performances. If they do this, I’m sure we’ll feature heavily at the business end of each event.”

Find a re-cap of Scotland’s playing disciplines here:

Team Scotland Lawn Bowls Coaches:

Billy Mellors (Team Manager – Haddington BC)

George Sneddon (Broxburn BC)

Robert Christie (Montrose BC)

David Peacock (Danderhall Miners Welfare BC)

Frazer Muirhead (Bankton Mains BC)

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