Linda Brennan - Nationals Legend

We certainly couldn’t host a Virtual National Championships without paying tribute to Scottish bowls legend Linda Brennan.

Linda sadly passed away in January 2018 at the age of just 51 but her legacy within the bowling community not just in Scotland but all over the world is still remembered today. She had the ability to light up any room she walked into with her warmth, humour and unbelievable passion for our sport.

This amazing woman was also the proprietor of the well renowned Glasgow bowls shop David Gourlay Bowls. She dedicated so much time to helping the younger players with their journey to the top and as a fitting tribute our Bowls Scotland Ladies U25 Pairs competition was named after Linda in 2019.

Even now the atmosphere she created in the retail marquee at the National Championships with her bright smile, caring personality and mischief can still be felt all across Northfield. 

Of course, we must not forget that Linda was an incredibly talented bowler too. She had over 50 caps for the Scotland women’s international team after representing her country from 1995 to 2009. The highlight of Linda’s bowling career came in 2006 when she represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Although she did not come home with a medal, she gave it her all like everything else she did in life and was more than worthy of her selection after many years of hard work and dedication to our sport.

The National Championships have certainly never been quite the same since Linda’s passing but her memory will live on forever and she is always in our hearts.

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