Kirkhill bowler’s great year

Kirkhill bowler Lorna Goldsmith
Kirkhill bowler Lorna Goldsmith

Lorna Goldsmith has ended an excellent bowling season by playing for the ladies under 25 Scotland international bowls team and also played earlier this year for the 17 and under Scotland Indoor bowls team.

Lorna played in the recent home international series at Greenock where they beat Ireland but lost against England who went on to win the series.

Her other main achievements this year were getting to the National Finals at Ayr in the singles at both under 17 level and also at under 25 level. Lorna also won at the qualifying event to reach the finals of the pairs Superseries at Kelvingrove.

Lorna (17) attends Peebles High School and took up lawn bowls when she was only 12 years and has gone on to excel in the sport. Lorna won the Peeblesshire county youth tournament in her first year and then went on to win it for the next four years. Lorna has also won numerous competitions including many open to both men and women of all ages. At age just 15 Lorna was the youngest ever West Linton ladies club champion.

As well as becoming the 2015 Midlothian under 17 singles champion Lorna also won the junior championship at Kirkhill this year for the third time beating her brother Glen in the final. Lorna also made it a double championship win, and a new youngest ever champion achievement, by winning the ladies singles championship at Kirkhill in a close fought match against her bowling Superseries pairs partner Dot Lavin.

Lorna has for the last two years played county bowls for Midlothian ladies and this year helped them reach the final of the Scottish Inter County Championship where they were narrowly beaten in the final by Lanarkshire.

Earlier this year Lorna passed her bowls coaching award at Kelvingrove bowling centre and has also been appointed as one of the junior coaches assistants at Kirkhill bowling club. Lorna wants to pass on her bowling knowledge and encourage others youngsters to take up bowls. She is also an ambassador for Lawn Bowls UK, a business that encourages new bowlers and provides bowling information and news. Lorna has helped devise and taken part in filming of bowling challenges which will be released on www.lawnbowlsuk.co.uk during the 2016 outdoor bowling season.

Kirkhill Bowling Club are also working hard to encourage new junior members to bowls. Lorna will be assisting next year in a series of taster sessions in some Midlothian school. Any youngsters or adults wanting to try bowls can speak to their local bowling club and anyone that wants to try bowls and get some training from the coaches and Lorna at Kirkhill would be made very welcome, see www.kirkhillbc.org for further details. Also on hand to guide members and pass on their knowledge at Kirkhill are the men’s 2015 Scottish National senior rinks champions.