Huge dilemma for hockey mad bowler

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Mur­ray Spooner

A mem­ber of Kirkhill Bowl­ing Club has been faced with a dilemma af­ter his Euro­pean hockey sem­i­nar was re­ar­ranged for the same day as the be­gin­ning of the bowl­ing sea­son.

Iain McKay, 64, is only one of three peo­ple in Europe qual­i­fied to train of­fi­cials for big hockey events such as the Com­mon­wealth games and the Olympics.

And now he will travel to Brus­sels on April 16 to rep­re­sent Scot­land at the sem­i­nar where he will per­form a pre­sen­ta­tion in front of 24 of­fi­cials from 19 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

But the vice pres­i­dent for Kirkhill BC will have to miss the open­ing day as the orig­i­nal an­nual meet­ing at the Euro­pean Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (EHF) head­quar­ters has been resched­uled.

The date was changed to April 16 af­ter safety con­cerns rose in the Bel­gium cap­i­tal in Novem­ber.

Iain said: “I’m re­spon­si­ble in bring­ing up the next of­fi­cials for the Olympic and Com­mon­wealth games.

“The prob­lem is I have to go to the sem­i­nar be­cause there is only one a year.

“Be­cause I am now the vice pres­i­dent at Kirkhill, I’m also meant to be at the club for the open­ing day.

“The travel ar­range­ments have be­come more dif­fi­cult be­cause of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Brus­sels last month.

“I am one of the train­ers for world hockey of­fi­cials and one of the pre­sen­ters on the week­end from Fri­day to Satur­day.

“I will get to meet lots of peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of the world so I know it will be en­joy­able and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.

“I’ll be show­ing peo­ple what they should be do­ing at big tour­na­ments.”

Fol­low­ing Iain’s pre­sen­ta­tion, of­fi­cials will be able to take charge of manag­ing the game with­out um­pir­ing and will take over du­ties that in­clude dis­ci­pline, tim­ing, scor­ing and sub­sti­tu­tions.

Iain has been in­volved in hockey since 2000 and has of­fi­ci­ated at the Euro­pean fi­nals and the Hockey In­door World Cup.

His next com­pe­ti­tion will be the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Slove­nia in May where he will take up the role as Tour­na­ment Di­rec­tor.

Through­out his time on the greens and the field, Iain has had to find the bal­ance be­tween his win­ter sport, hockey and his sum­mer sport of bowls.

“The two don’t usu­ally clash but when they do it’s all about bal­ance,” Iain said.

“I’ve been play­ing bowls for 40 years and I thor­oughly en­joy it. Kirkhill is the best club in the west of Scot­land. It’s got a per­fect set up and the mem­bers are very wel­com­ing.

“Our club pres­i­dent John O’Brien has been very un­der­stand­ing and it will be sad to miss the first round of games.”

Hats off to you Ian was a hockey of­fi­cial at the Olympics in Lon­don

Big com­pe­ti­tions Ian has to find the bal­ance be­tween bowls and hockey

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