Bird plans to swoop on national success

Young bowls player Jack Bird
Young bowls player Jack Bird

Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club’s Jack Bird will be in the final stages of the National Under-25s Singles to be held at Bristol IBC at the weekend.

Jack, 16, is one of the 16 qualifiers from regional competitions around the country.

It was quite by accident that Jack became a bowler.

In 2003, his grandmother, Bernice Bird, who is also a bowler, was taking him and his sister Rosie to the cinema when they called into the bowls centre for a drink.

The youngsters were immediately fascinated by the game they saw being played and from then on became regular attenders - and players.

By 2006 Jack and Rosie were playing in the under-18s team and in club leagues. Jack went on to play in Scarborough senior representative teams against other clubs in the county and has been a member of county teams.

At club level he has won numerous trophies in both singles competitions and as a team member in leagues and competitions, including being the club’s men’s singles champion, which he won when he was 15.

He also won five out of seven champions events in which he played in teams with other club members.

Everyone at the club will wish Jack well in his play this weekend.

Should he become the under-25 singles champion he will be automatically entered into the British Isles Indoor Bowling Council’s Under-25 Singles Championships to be played at Stanley IBC on March 11-13.