Learning Disabilities Indoor Bowls International Series

Learning Disabilities Indoor Bowls International Series

The inaugural LDIBIS event took place at Falkirk IBC on 5th and 6th of June, 2019.

Learning Disabilities within indoor bowls needed a yearly event to galvanise countries and athletes and so the Learning Disabilities Indoor Bowls International Series was born.

After many months of hard work from the newly formed Governing body and organising committee the LDIBIS has been formed.

The first event featured teams from Scotland, Wales and England. The teams of twelve athletes with varying levels of ability competed in a series of games comprising of triples, singles and pairs to decide who would lift the Munro Cup.

Scotland and Falkirk IBC were proud to be the first hosts of this annual event and without doubt showed true Scottish hospitality to each Nation. The event was opened by Falkirk Provost Billy Buchanan, Billy also donated a trophy for the best athlete of the event.

Team Scotland

  • Group 1: Pamela Mitchell, Frank Maguire and Darryl Stewart. Coach: Sarah Jane Ewing
  • Group 2: Ryan Flynn, Craig Stirling and Raymond Brumby. Coach: Kenny Daly
  • Group 3: Jordon Donnachie, Steven Cairney, and Gary Nelson. Coach: Ann Mulligan and Liz Boyd
  • Group 4: Lee Duncan, Lynn Fullerton and Pauline Coach Brenda Anderson and Liz Donnachie
  • Head Coach: Ron McArthur

Team Scotland finished Runner up with the Silver.

Learning Disabilities Indoor Bowls International SeriesThe team was so close to being Gold winners. On the last day we had it all to do and almost achieved the impossible. In the morning we played Wales and won 5 out of the 8 games. This left us needing to win 7 points out of a possible 8 in the final round of games against England. Going into the last ends, we were winning in 3 and drawing on 1 and if it stayed that way, we would have been champions. Sadly, England dashed ours hopes and we finished on 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Giving us 5 points to 3.

Final Placings

  • England: 29 points Gold and Munro Cup
  • Scotland: 27 points Silver
  • Wales: 16 points Bronze
  • Billy Buchanan Trophy: Millie Campbell and Naomi Baelz (Wales)

Learning Disabilities Indoor Bowls International Series2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Darren Burnett took time out of his busy schedule to spend the day with the players signing autographs and numerous photoshoots. Then onto a fun session of bowls with all the players. Scotland's Raymond Brumby played a two-end challenge match and maintained his 100% record when he beat Darren. Raymond had previously beat Greg Harlow when we were in Sheffield for the Special Olympics event. Darren conclude the day by presenting every player with their medals and England with the Munro cup.

As Team Scotland Head coach, I am extremely proud of all the team, they were magnificent and deserved the honour of pulling on a Scottish International jersey. The 4 players from Forth Valley (Frank Maguire, Craig Stirling, Ryan Flynn and Lee Duncan) acquitted themselves with distinction and special mention has to go to the two newer members Ryan and Lee. Ryan who first performed at Stirling and has grown in stature and ability, he is definitely a rising star and will without doubt continue to impress. Lee Duncan's first appearance at this level of competition was outstanding. Lee took to the big occasion with gusto and produced an outstanding and sustained performance throughout the event.

The next event will be hosted by Wales at Cardiff IBC in June 2020.

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