DC Q&A Kathleen Gordon
As part of our ongoing commitment to heighten awareness of the good work being done by volunteers, we have reached out to our District Co-ordinators (DCs) and District Youth Co-ordinators (DYCs) to find out more about these roles and the dedicated volunteers who carry out this crucial role.
As well as her role as Ladies DC for District 3, Kathleen Gordon of Oldmeldrum BC is also an umpire and member of the Bowls Scotland National Championships Operational Group she is also a DC Mentor for the North of Scotland Districts, supporting new and existing DCs in all aspects of their roles. In 2022 alongside fellow DC, Andy Meekison, Kathleen volunteered as Team Manager for Scotland’s Youth International Team who won the series at Ayr. We spoke to Kathleen to find out more about her inspiring volunteering journey in bowls.
Q) Describe your role as District Co-ordinator?
A) I start the season off by having a meeting with the Clubs in my District and discuss and changes that Clubs may want and to advise on events etc. for forthcoming season. During the years I would say that I have a good working relationship with Clubs in my district keeping them updated with relevant information from Bowls Scotland, attending as many events in the District that I can and also communicate with the other DCs within the North East for support and help especially when events are outwith District 3 (e.g. Ladies Top Ten).
I arrange all venues and oversee Stage 1 of Nationals, updating scores and attending the District Finals. I attend the Stage 2 National Finals to be on hand to help my District Winners and help Bowls Scotland in any way required.
I am a trained Umpire and also hold the Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport (CWPS) Qualification and keep up to date with all Rules and Laws of the Sport.
Q) Why did you decide to become a DC and how long have you been in the role?
A) I got involved some 16 years ago when Representatives from SWBA were up North and were looking for someone to take over from retiring DS and low and behold that's how it happened, it was difficult at first as I was still bowling competitively and working full time, but it was also satisfying knowing you were doing something to help the sport you loved.
Q) What do you like best about your role?
A) Helping Clubs especially the smaller Clubs who normally have a great membership where they all help keep things going. Seeing the look on the faces of the District Winners when they know they are off to Ayr to try and win a Scottish Medal. Also, the friends I have made, near and far.
Q) What advice would you give to somebody considering volunteering for their club (or for Bowls Scotland?)
A) Be prepared to give your time for the Role you volunteer for and not be afraid to ask for help when needed there is always someone available to help especially the NDOs.
Q) What is your favourite thing about bowls?
A) Making friends, helping Clubs, watching bowling at all levels Young or Old.
Huge thanks to Kathleen for taking the time to give answers for this Q&A. Truly an inspiring and dedicated volunteer within our sport. You can find out more about our District Co-ordinators by clicking here.