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My Sport – Lawn Bowls

Natalie Docherty
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Natalie Docherty has been playing lawn bowls since she was nine. She loves the excitement and intensity of bowls, and says it’s definitely not just a sport for old men!

When did you become a fan of lawn bowls?

I’ve been playing bowls since I was nine years old. It's a family tradition – my brothers, mother, aunts, uncles and cousins all play, too.

What’s the best thing about watching lawn bowls live?

The best thing about watching bowls live is the excitement as two games are never the same!

Who’s your lawn bowls hero?

My bowls hero is David Gourlay. Growing up, I looked up to him and his achievements are amazing. Also, you wouldn’t meet a nicer or friendlier person – he is a great inspiration to all bowlers!

What’s your best memory from watching or taking part in lawn bowls?

My best memory was being selected and taking part in the under 25s Scotland squad. Playing with young people competitively, whilst representing my country, was the most amazing feeling! Also, watching the World Bowls at Northfield while I was still a junior and meeting stars like Kelvin Kerkow is a fantastic memory.

Which lawn bowls star should people look out for at Glasgow 2014?

Australia's Karen Murphy – she’s a fantastic player and winning lots of games just now.

Why should people who don’t know anything about lawn bowls buy tickets to watch it at Glasgow 2014?

Bowls is a great sport. Many people who don’t know about the game think they will find it boring. It’s not until you watch people like Margret Letham or Tattie Marshal play that you realise the excitement and intensity of bowls.

What are some common misconceptions about lawn bowls?

People tend to refer to bowls as "an old man’s sport". There are actually loads of younger players and the more people realise this, the more people I think will watch the sport.

Can you sum up what Glasgow 2014 will be like in three words?

Best commonwealth yet!

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