Lorna is on top of the world

Lorna Brown and Iain McLean with World champion of champions trophy, pic courtesy of insidebowls.com
Lorna Brown and Iain McLean with World champion of champions trophy, pic courtesy of insidebowls.com

Linlithgow lady bowler Lorna Smith was crowned 2014 World Champion of Champions in Christchurch, New Zealand last weekend.

The Linlithgow Bowling Club member, who was runner up last year, won the championship title this time around beating Saskia Schaft of 
Holland in the final.

Scottish mens’ singles champion Iain McLean also lifted the mens title to make it a double scoop for Scottish bowls.

Lorna qualified for the World Champion of Champions event having won the national title, which she remarkably has won for the past three seasons.

This honour is the latest in a string of achievements for Lorna.

She has also won the Ladies British Singles title in 2013 and competed in the Commonwealth Games for South Africa on four occasions dating back to 1994, winning two golds and two bronzes.

Domestically Lorna has dominated women’s bowling in the local area, having won the club championship over the past seven years.

She has also represented Scotland, albeit she was omitted from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games squad, which was a major shock given her achievements.

She has also been West Lothian Sports Personality of the Year twice.

Lorna said of her win: “It feels great to finally win a World Singles title having previously been the silver medalist in the World Champ of Champs, World Cup Indoor and World Outdoor Championships Singles.

“I was delighted to have reached the final again after two hard and exciting matches in the previous two rounds and having fallen at the last hurdle last year I was determined to go one better.

“I have won many gold and other medals in international events over the last 20 years but have always striven to have a World singles title to add to my CV.

‘‘I am over the moon and to win alongside Iain McLean to make it a double for Scotland makes it even more special.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their messages of support.”