World champion visits Stamford

Some of Stamford's juniors watch former world champion Andy thompson in action. From the left: Stephen Harris, James Travis, Katie and Jon Bailey
Some of Stamford's juniors watch former world champion Andy thompson in action. From the left: Stephen Harris, James Travis, Katie and Jon Bailey
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FORMER World champion Andy Thomson proved a big hit with bowlers who attended Stamford Indoor Bowls Club’s first of two open sessions at the weekend.

The 51-year-old world number 10 and multi-capped England international passed on his vast experience at the top level with a series of clinics for new and established bowlers and an enthralling question and answer session.

He also took part in exhibition matches against club champions Peter Edwards and Sharon Bailey and coached a quartet of the club’s juniors.

Thomson said: “Stamford is one of the few indoor bowls clubs I have not visited before in my career but I was very impressed, not only by the facilities but by the enthusiasm of the members.

“The volunteers who run the club deserve great praise for the pro-active way they encourage new bowlers to the sport and they deserve all the support they can get. It’s a great game for those considering maintaining their competitiveness when perhaps football, cricket, rugby and tennis become too physical.”

Bob Warters, the club’s vice-chairman added: “Andy is a terrific ambassador for bowls and the members and new bowlers who came along were impressed with his infectious personality and the sound advice he was able to pass on.”

A second free open session will be held at the club in Exeter Gardens tomorrow morning from 9.30am.

l BLACKSTONES weekend League team have won the Peterborough and District Premier League title for the second year running.

Led by skipper Ken Rawlins, they clinched top spot by one point from Peterborough-based Belvedere Bowls Club.

PHOTO: Champions! Blackstones weekend League team. Back row, from left, Sam Downs, Rita Downs, Pete Nickells, Darren Middeleton, Martin Bailey, Tony Windsor, front, Peter Linnell, Dusty Miller, Ken Rawlins, Paul Bailey, Ken Germany and Mick Owen. Not pictured: Derek Needham and Len Warrington.