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EAST FIFE SPORTS COUNCIL

International Bowls for the Disabled (IBD)

The IBD World Championships were held in February 2015 at the Naenae and Hutt greens near Wellington in New Zealand.  Scotland put in a tremendous performance in winning five gold and two silver medals out of eleven competitions entered, and just missed out on bronze medals in another two events.

The team was made up of bowlers from all over Scotland, but Fife had a large presence between players and coaches, with nine personnel from the twenty selected.  Two of these came from the East Fife Sport’s Council Area, Michael Simpson from Strathmiglo Bowling Club and Bob Dick, the Head Coach from Duffus Park.  Michael competed in the B7 Class, the most difficult class to win a medal, and he excelled in the Mixed Pairs along with Rosemary Lenton, where he played superbly to win the Silver Medal.  Michael could well have qualified in the B7 Singles, but an injury on the last session of play deprived him from further progress.  From the Head Coaches point of view, this was the best ever performance by a Scottish Disability Sport team, playing on greens totally unfamiliar with Scottish conditions and reflected on the quality of the preparations prior to the event.

Taking account only of the competitions entered, Scotland were easily the best team in the Visually Impaired classes, and finished second behind Australia in the Physically Disabled Classes.  Overall, on the above basis, Scotland were the best team in the event.