Scottish War Blinded members to represent Scotland in International bowling tournament in Israel

Posted: 23/12/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Two Scottish War Blinded members will represent Scotland having made the team to play at the International Blind Bowling Test Series in Israel in May 2016.

Matches will be played in a quadram championship involving Scotland, Israel, South Africa and England at the Ramat Gan and Raanan bowling greens. The series will involve visually impaired bowlers across all four categories, from B1 to B4.

Ian Graham and John MacDonald represented Scottish War Blinded during the charity’s centenary bowling tour in 2015 and also compete through the Scottish Association of Blind Bowlers.

In the first of two articles focusing on our members, we ask Ian Graham about his preparations for the forthcoming International Test Series in Israel.

I guess many will presume bowling tends to end in the autumn, however, that is not the case?

“We are fortunate to receive specialist training in Falkirk at the indoor bowling centre. We go through a thorough process of preparation and coaching which is going really well so far.

"The indoor surface will provide a fairly accurate indication of the surface we can expect in Israel. The grass is very different to what were are used to in Scotland and it will be a very fast surface. Therefore, we are working hard on our accuracy and weighting of shots."

How does it feel to have the opportunity to represent your country?

“It gets my chest sticking out with pride already, I can’t wait to walk out on to the green in Israel with Scotland the Brave playing. I have worked extremely hard on my bowling and to reach this point is extremely satisfying.”

As a member who is a regular visitor to the Linburn Centre, you will be looking forward to practising on the new bowling green there?

“You can bet your bottom dollar I will be! I am looking forward to getting out there and putting the finishing touches to my preparation there in the early season. Although, I am sure the weather in early season Scotland will contrast greatly with Israel.”

We wish Ian all the best in his preparations and will catch up with him in early April.