Danderhall bowler steps down from major international competition

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014'Kelvingrove - Lawn Bowls''Men's Four's Final'Scotland L-R David Peacock, Neil Speirs, Paul Foster and  Alex Marshall win Gold
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014'Kelvingrove - Lawn Bowls''Men's Four's Final'Scotland L-R David Peacock, Neil Speirs, Paul Foster and Alex Marshall win Gold

Almost a year to the day that he helped Scotland’s men’s fours team win the Gold medal in Glasgow, David Peacock has retired from competing for Scotland in major international championships.

The 45 year old from Danderhall had always set Glasgow 2014, his fourth consecutive Games, as the point to draw the curtain on an outstanding international career. But having performed so well at Kelvingrove he had spent much of the past year agonising over whether to extend his career for one last Games at the Gold Coast in 2018. In the end it came down to the balancing of family life and a full time job.

“To win the gold medal in Glasgow was the pinnacle of my career, but I just couldn’t see myself fully committing to the High Performance programme and continuing for another four years to the Gold Coast,” said Peacock.

“But now I’ve have made the decision I feel as if a little bit of weight has been lifted off my shoulders, because whether to keep playing or not has never left my mind for the last year.”

A factor in Scotland’s men’s success in Glasgow, and another reason for Peacock’s decision making dilemma, is that Darren Burnett, Paul Foster, Alex Marshall, Neil Speirs and himself were such a close knit bunch both on and off the greens.

“What I will miss most is being involved with the guys,” said Peacock. 
“We have all had amazing experiences together, had plenty of laughs and jokes, and getting on so well as a unit was a big part of our success. The banter is a big part, and a big benefit, of bowls in Scotland and I will miss the camaraderie greatly.

“Looking back on my career I feel pretty proud to win four World Championship Gold medals and a Commonwealth Gold.”

Alan McMillan CEO of Bowls Scotland said: “It is a sad day for us all at Bowls Scotland that David has decided to step down from the top of world bowls. We fully understand David’s decision and on behalf of the whole of bowling community in Scotland we thank him for his time, effort and commitment.

“We hope that David, with his knowledge and expertise, might still be retained to support the current and immerging players. David is a true gentleman and we now have a big challenge on our hands to fill his place.”