Honorary memberships presented at AGM

Perth was the host for this year's Bowls Scotland AGM, where honorary memberships were presented to recipients who have served the bowls community with dedication and commitment.

Outgoing presidents Margaret Bingham and Bill Knox and former board member Anna Marshall received their memberships in front of club delegates, whilst Commonwealth Games double gold medallists Ronnie Duncan and Derek Oliver were unable to be there due to playing commitments.

 

During Margaret and Bill's term of office, they have shown their love for the sport and their support for clubs and bowlers across the country. As well as receiving their honorary memberships in Perth, they passed on their chains of office to incoming presidents Kathleen Gordon and John Halliday.

Anna stepped down as Bowls Scotland competitions and events director at the end of 2017 after many years of service. She joined the board in 2010 as the last secretary of the Scottish Women's Bowling Association before it merged with its men's counterpart to create Bowls Scotland.

Anna has been a constant presence at the Bowls Scotland National Championships, helping and supporting volunteers and being part of the team that delivers the tournament every year.

She has also been a BIWBC delegate, supporting the Scottish team the length and breadth of the country.

Ronnie and Derek made their Commonwealth Games debut in April at the Gold Coast and came home with two gold medals each (men's triples with Darren Burnett and men's fours with Alex Marshall and Paul Foster), a wonderful feat for two bowlers whose dedication to the high performance programme and ability to bring harmony to team dynamic was praised by head coach David Gourlay.

They were not at Perth as they were scheduled to play against each other in an indoor match, but John Halliday later presented Ronnie with his honorary membership.

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