Home Nations joy for Martin and Jack
There was delight for two deaf Rutherglen bowlers in July when they claimed successive trophies for Scotland.
Martin Robertson, 40, and Jack Connolly, 24, participated in the Home Nations Deaf Bowls triumph.
The Burnside bowling club members helped the Scots defeat England and Wales before losing their final match against hosts Northern Ireland.
Martin said: “It was so surreal winning the Home Nations title for a second time after winning it on my Scotland debut last year in Reading.
“It was an amazing feeling, beating the English in their back garden last year.
“While losing to Northern Ireland, we were 16-4 down at one point but we fought and fought even though it was a bit too late. But we were top of the table so we claim the right to be called champions.”
Jack, who has been with the Scotland team for four years, said: “I feel brilliant and buzzing that we won it for the second year in a row.”
Jack was born profoundly deaf while Martin was diagnosed with glue ear aged three.
Both attended football competitions for those with difficulty hearing but did not become acquainted until Martin started playing bowls a few years ago with Kirkhill BC.
The pair praised Burnside for helping them develop their skills.
Martin said: “They are great with me and gave me opportunities to play in positions that I would require to communicate.
“I have seen deaf bowlers around Scotland not given opportunities that I was given from Burnside which I am so grateful for.”
The duo are now targeting a repeat at this year’s contest, which will be held at St Andrew’s, and the upcoming world championships.
Delight Bowlers Martin Robertson and Jack Connolly