Linlithgow’s Ian played pivotal Games role

Ian Munro at the  Commonwealth Games 2014
Ian Munro at the Commonwealth Games 2014

Scots bowlers enjoyed success when they struck gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but it was a Linlithgow man who had the task of ensuring that the bowling competition at Kelvingrove ran smoothly.

Ian Munro, of Baronshill, was the head technical officer for lawn bowls at the Games and in charge of the 42 others at the event.

A member of the World Bowls Law Committee for the past 10 years, his role was to draw up schedules for all the matches during the nine days of competition, which included duties for umpires and markers for each of the games.

While the Games may have lasted just 11 days, Ian’s preparation started back in January 2013 when he began training the officials for the Games.

He said: ‘‘I had a total of 517 duties to organise over the bowls competition but just before the start, Botswana and Malawi withdrew so I had to redraw the fixtures. Then a bowler from the Falkland Islands got injured and that put another spanner in the works.’’

But he said: ‘‘With bowls not part of the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games is the top international competition and to be appointed to the leading role was a big honour.’’

Ian was based at Glasgow University’s Queen Margaret’s Residence, along with 300 other technical officials and he enjoyed every minute of it, saying: ‘‘My day started when I jumped on the special shuttle bus at 7am for Kelvingrove and returned back around 9pm.’’

Ian has been involved in the Commonwealth Games before, as an official at Manchester (2002) and Melbourne (2006) and as the lead role in Delhi (2010).

Looking ahead, Ian has dates in his diary for the World Bowls Champion of Champions in Australia and the World Championships in New 
Zealand in 2016.

Married to Aileen, the former IT manager was also a senior Grade One referee in the late 1960s and early 70s.

When not playing bowls at his local club, Linlithgow Bowling Club, of which he is a past seniors champion, Ian can be found playing with the Forth Bridges Accordion Band. This year, he has played at the Linlithgow Marches, the Bo’ness Fair, and tomorrow (Saturday) he will perform at the Ferry Fair.