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News: Familiar faces return and new names as Bowls Scotland announces elite squad

Published 2 February 2017, 12:04

Bowls Scotland has announced the players it believes have the potential to deliver medal winning performances both at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and in the future.

Bowls Scotland’s High Performance Gents squad for the period 1st Feb 2017 -31st May 2018, includes four of the men’s gold medal winners from the Glasgow 2014 Games: - Alex Marshall MBE, Darren Burnett, Neil Speirs and newly crowned World indoor singles champion Paul Foster MBE, as well as 2016 Scottish Super Series Champion Iain McLean.

The Ladies squad includes 2016 World Championships silver and bronze medalist Lesley Doig and Claire Johnston, who recently lifted the mixed pairs title in the 2017 World Indoor Bowls Championships.
Newcomers to Scotland’s High Performance squad include 2016 Gents National Singles Champion Derek Oliver, Kay Moran former Commonwealth Games silver medallist and up and coming stars, Carla Banks and Claire Walker, the 2016 Ladies National Singles silver medallist.

Returning to the squad are Graeme Archer and Caroline Brown who both won World Championship Gold for Scotland in Australia in 2012.

The Bowls Scotland High Performance squad is as follows:


MEN

Paul Foster MBE

Iain McLean

Alex Marshall MBE

Darren Burnett

Derek Oliver

Graeme Archer

Neil Speirs

Colin Walker

Stewart Anderson

Ronnie Duncan


LADIES

Lesley Doig

Caroline Brown

Claire Johnston

Carla Banks

Stacey McDougall

Rebecca Craig

Kay Moran

Claire Walker


Returning high performance coach David Gourlay said: “As always it was a tough decision for the Selection Panel in choosing players for the High Performance Squad however inclusion into our High Performance programme is an investment in players who have achieved in line with our Selection Criteria and have the drive and commitment to work hard individually and as part of a team to achieve medal success.
"We believe the players selected have the potential to deliver on the World Stage and in the very specific conditions that we will encounter at a Southern Hemisphere Commonwealth Games. We are now on the path towards the 2018 Games and the focus is on developing and preparing players in their position specific roles for the fast greens and challenging conditions in Australia. There is a mixture of experience, youth and players with a proven track record on relevant playing surfaces in the squad.
“Success in Broadbeach will depend on the player’s ability to work hard individually and as a team, from those current world class players to the new talent coming into the squad. Glasgow was amazing and to try to get close to what we achieved will require everyone involved to commit to the rigors of the High Performance programme. This is the challenge and I know that these players and the support staff are up for it.”


For more information on the Bowls Scotland High Performance Selection Criteria visit:

http://www.bowlsscotland.com/performance/selection-criteria/high-performance-squad-selection-criteria

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