Dalkeith bowler Stacey McDougall has an exciting year ahead after ending 2015 as part of Scotland’s gold medal winning fours team.
The 25-year-old Royal Bank of Scotland branch worker, along with Rebecca Craig, Lorraine Malloy and Claire Johnston, beat the Welsh quartet 18-14 in the final of the Atlantic Bowls Championships in Cyprus recently.
This success ensures Scotland will have a team at the World Championships next December in New Zealand.
Stacey hopes she is selected, in what looks like being a very busy year, with a spot at the World Cup in Australia already secured.
She said: “It will be great if I get picked. I’ve just to keep my fingers crossed. It will probably be August that we know.
“We have squad days before then. And I go to the World Cup in March. I’m the only woman representing Scotland, so it’s huge for me. It will be a great experience for me taking part in that.
“I just want to keep winning medals and I hope to get picked for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. That’s my main aim.”
Stacey was also part of the bronze medal winning Scotland ladies triples team in Cyprus, where she competed for two weeks in all.
She said: “That was my first time at the Atlantic Championships. I was away for 17 days, 14 days playing. So it was quite a long haul.
“You are playing against countries that you have never even seen play bowls before. So you just go into it and experience everything. It was great.”
Stacey admitted that with bowls taking her across the world she relies on an understanding family: “I have got a two-year-old daughter so it’s hard to juggle my family life with working and playing bowls. But I have got a great family and a husband who understands.”