My Journey through Bowls
With only three days to go before the British Isles Womens Council Competition (BIWBC) kicks off in Llandrindod Wells, Wales the Scotland squad prepare to defend their title as they battle it out against squads from England, Northern Ireland, Jersey and hosts Wales.
In the lead up to the competition taking place we caught up with Team Captain Margaret Letham, who could potentially earn one hundred caps for Scotland this year, and New Cap Wendy Grant to find out more about their journey into the world of bowls.
So Margaret, when and how did your journey into the world of bowls begin?
I started bowling when I was about fifteen. My dad played bowls at the local club and I used to go along and watch him. The senior men in the club played in a lot of friendlies back then and I would join in to make up the numbers.
How do you feel about potentially reaching 100 caps this year?
Absolutely delighted and chuffed to bits that I have the opportunity to reach 100 caps. I never dreamt when I received my 1st cap in 1986 in Cardiff I would still be representing Scotland thirty years on and about to reach a milestone in my bowling career.
What would your advice be to potential Scotland players in the future?
Be the best you can be and enjoy every minute if given the opportunity to represent Scotland at a higher level i.e. world/commonwealth games. It is a great honour to play for your country. I have travelled the world doing something I love and played alongside some of the best bowlers Scotland has produced.
Wendy, how did your journey into the world of bowls begin?
I began bowling at the age of 4 years old (1982) at Ardrossan Indoor Bowling Club, starting outdoor in 1986 aged 8.
How did you feel when you found out you would be playing for Scotland in the BIWBC competition?
Delighted! It’s a great honour to be playing for your country.
How have you been preparing in the lead up to the trip to Wales?
I have been continuing with my weekly practice sessions at my local bowling club, West Kilbride, making sure I practice all shots to prepare for the competition.
As passionate bowlers yourselves why would you encourage other people to get involved and try bowls as a sport?
M: Bowls is a great form of exercise and all ages can play. It is a great sociable sport and you get the chance to meet a real mix of people and make lasting friendships over the years.
W: Bowls is an inclusive sport that can be played by young and old. You are out in the fresh air getting gentle exercise.
We wish all players taking part in the BIWBC competition the very best of luck.