Rachel’s joy as Scot­land come call­ing

Cam­bus­lang bowler gets nod

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cam­bus­lang woman has spo­ken of her ex­cite­ment af­ter be­ing se­lected for the Scot­land se­nior bowls squad.

Rachel Sinclair, 23, will join the team for the very first time as a re­serve as they pre­pare for their Home In­ter­na­tional Se­ries matches next month.

The mar­ried mum-of-one has also been se­lected for the ju­nior squad for their up­com­ing tournament.

Rachel, who works at Ace Place Nurs­ery on Rodger Drive in Ruther­glen, says she is look­ing for­ward to gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the se­niors.

She said: “I will be trav­el­ling to Wales as part of Team Scot­land on June 18-20.

“I’ve been play­ing for Scot­land at un­der 25 level but it’s great to be se­lected for the se­nior Scot­land team.

“I’m not sure if I will get a game but I will still get good ex­pe­ri­ence from it.

“I’ve also been se­lected for the ju­nior team again so it’s go­ing to be a cou­ple of busy months with that and also jug­gling my two year-old!”

The for­mer Bankhead Pri­mary and Stonelaw High School pupil has ex­celled her­self on the greens for both her coun­try and club, Kingswood BC, which has helped her break into the Scot­land squads.

Rachel has been play­ing bowls since the age of six and, along with her sis­ter Karen Magee, was part of her na­tion’s his­tor­i­cal In­ter­na­tional Se­ries Un­der 25 tournament tri­umph in Wales in Fe­bru­ary. It was Scot­land’s first vic­tory in eight years at the com­pe­ti­tion.

Rachel has also won the club cham­pi­onships twice, the in­door club cham­pi­onships and qual­i­fied for the na­tional fi­nals af­ter win­ning in the Scot­tish District match in 2016.

Her aim now is to im­press at se­nior level and was de­lighted to make it through the tri­als.

Rachel added: “I think my time at ju­nior pos­si­bly helped.

“But they did change the tri­als this year.

“They had dif­fer­ent bench­mark­ing through­out the day and marked you down on cer­tain things.

“We then played a game in the af­ter­noon and you get marked on that as well.

“It’s great to have got through that. I don’t know if they will play me. They don’t tend to change the team about too much. It de­pends on how they are play­ing.

“I’m not too both­ered if I don’t play re­ally be­cause I will still be part of the squad.”

Fly­ing the flag Rachel Sinclair has been se­lected for the se­nior Scot­land squad

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