Dream trip to New Zealand for disability bowler

Martin Hunter (left) wth Scotland coach Bob Dick
Martin Hunter (left) wth Scotland coach Bob Dick

A Burntisland bowler is looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New Zealand after being selected for the Scottish Disability Bowls team that will compete in the IBD World Championships.

Martin Hunter will take part in his first major international overseas event, which takes place at the Lower Hutt and NaeNae Bowling Club in Wellington from February 17 to 27 next year.

This is a fitting reward for Martin after winning the Fife and Scottish singles titles and having such a successful season with his own mainstream bowling club.

In total five players and four support staff from Fife have been selected for the 19-strong squad.
The team comprises of four visually impaired/blind bowlers who will compete in class B2 and B3 events and eight physically disabled bowlers who will compete in class B6, B7 and B8 events. 

Team Scotland is aiming to maintain its position as one of the leading disability bowls nations in the world following a runners-up finish in the team competition at the IBD World Championships in South Africa in 2011.
Highly respected and experienced Bob Dick from Cupar has once again been appointed head coach and he will be supported by two assistant coaches from Fife, Celia Smith and Eric MacMillan, plus Sarah Jane Ewing who will support the visually impaired bowlers as a director.

Billy Allan (Cowdenbeath), Barbara McMillan (Cowdenbeath), Michael Simpson (Auchtermuchty) and and Maria Spencer (Dunfermline) make up the Disability Sport Fife contingent in the squad.