Aiming to bowl over the competition

Margaret Letham (left) and Caroline Brown
Margaret Letham (left) and Caroline Brown

Bothwell bowler Margaret Letham sees no reason why she can’t match her gold medal from the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Letham was one of only two Scottish athletes to bring back gold from Kuala Lumpur, the other being boxer Alex Arthur, and is determined to do it again in Glasgow.

She said: “There is absolutely no reason why I can’t win gold again, it’s why we are here competing in the

“This is my fifth Games, but I still have the same hunger and desire I had going into my first, I think if I didn’t have it I wouldn’t
be here.

“I still want to win, I don’t like to lose. I am one of the most experienced members of the squad and that experience doesn’t do any harm given the opposition we’ll be up against.”

As well as the singles Letham will take part in the pairs and the triples, and believes women’s bowling in Scotland is enjoying a golden period.

She said: “This is as strong as women’s bowling has been in this country for a while and is certainly the best prepared we have ever been going into a major championship.

“Everyone would agree we are all pleased with how training has gone and the support we have been given from Bowls Scotland and the Institute of Sport.

“I never expected to compete at a home Commonwealth Games so this is going to be a very special occasion for both the athletes and spectators.”

Meanwhile New Stevenston bowler Caroline Brown has played down the suggestion she is favourite for the women’s singles title having won the World Cup in Australia earlier this year.

She said: “ I won the World Cup just a month after being named in the Commonwealth squad so it was a good confidence booster coming into the Games.

“I don’t know if I would say I’m the favourite, I have played against most of the opposition at various tournaments, but I’ll just be concentrating on my own performance and playing to the best of my ability and hopefully that will be good enough.

“I represented Scotland at the last Games in Delhi so I have that experience, but I think really it is just the general experience gained over the years that I will be leaning on.

“I have been involved in the sport for 24 years and playing at a Commonwealth Games in Glasgow tops everything. Having the home crowd behind us will be a great advantage for us.”