Sports Council for Glasgow - Disability Achievement Award: Robert Barr

To celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons for 2022, we are celebrating Robert Barr, who recently won the Disability Achievement Award at the Sports Council for Glasgow Awards.

Robert suffered heartbreak in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games when he narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the Para Mixed Pairs B2/B3 against Wales. This time around at Birmingham 2022 he was back more determined than ever with pairs partner Melanie Inness and their Directors Sarah Jane Ewing and George Miller. The Scots maintained a perfect record in the group stages winning all five of their respective matches before going on to comfortably beat England in the semi-final and Wales in the final to clinch a historic gold medal.

On receiving his Disability Achievement Award, Robert said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. To receive recognition from Scottish Disability Sport, the Sports Council for Glasgow and Bowls Scotland is an absolutely honour and I am immensely proud.

“I feel very privileged to have a Commonwealth gold medal, Honorary Membership of Bowls Scotland and these other awards. I appreciate the contribution made by my teammates, coaches, supporters, volunteers, Hyndland Bowling Club members, and my family and friends.

“A special mention goes to my pairs teammates Melanie Inness, George Miller and Sarah Jane Ewing. We grew as a team and made history together. I would like to think that all of the publicity we have received will help to raise the profile of lawn bowls, which is a truly inclusive sport.”

Our attention now turns to Team Scotland’s Scottish Sport Awards where all 8 of our Commonwealth Games gold medallists have been shortlisted for Team of the Year and Bowls Scotland’s Para Bowls Co-Ordinator, Bob Christie, has also been shortlisted for Coach of the Year. For more information, please visit:

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