World Bowls 2020 – Meet the Ireland Team

Meet Ireland’s World Bowls Team who will be competing at the Gold Coast in Australia at the World Championships

Aaron Tennant                    Men’s Triples and Fours

Aaron is 28 years old and plays at Ballymoney BC. He has previously won British Isles Pairs with Gary Kelly and the Hong Kong Classic with Ian McClure. This will his first appearance at the World Championships.

Ian McClure             Men’s Triples and Fours

Ian is 46 years old and plays for Portrush BC and has 4 previous World Bowls medals. He has also won the Commonwealth Games Fours Medal and the World Indoor Pairs Title.

Mark Wilson                        Men’s Pairs and Fours

Mark is 35 years old and has won 2 Irish Pairs Titles, and a Singles Title. He also has a Team Gold from the European Championships and an Atlantic Rim Bronze Medal. Mark plays for Cookstown BC

Sarah Kelly               Ladies Pairs and Fours

Sarah is 33 years old and has won back to back pairs titles with her mother in 2018 and 2019. She represented Ireland at the Hong Kong Classic in 2016 and has captained Ireland in a Test Series against Jersey in 2018. She is an experienced International Player who will be making her debut appearance at World Bowls. She plays her bowls for Crumlin BC

Martin McHugh                              Men’s Pairs and Fours

Martin is 46 and has a Bronze Medal in both the Triples and Fours at World Bowls. He also has a Gold Medal in the Commonwealth Games in the Fours. He currently plays for Whitehead Bowls Club.

Catherine Beattie               Ladies Triples and Singles

Catherine plays for Lurgan BC and is 38 years old. She has won back to back Atlantic Rim Gold medals in 2011 and 2015. She has also won Team Gold at the European Championships in 2017

Megan Devlin                      Ladies Triples and Fours

Megan is 26 years old and plays for Ballymena BC. She has won a Gold and 2 Silvers at the European Championships in 2017. She has also captained the Irish U-25 Team having played for them for 13 years.

Gary Kelly                             Men’s Singles and Triples

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Gary is 30 years old and is currently playing his bowls in Australia. He has multiple Irish and British Titles as well as medals at World and Commonwealth level. He is also the current World Cup Singles holder.

Shauna O’Neill                                Ladies Fours and Triples

Shauna is the youngest player in the Squad and plays for Limavady BC. She has won Irish U-25 Singles and has also medalled at the Atlantic Rim Triples in 2019. She was part of the team that finished 4th in the European Championships.

Ashleigh Rainey                              Ladies Pairs and Fours

Ashleigh plays for Ewarts BC and is one of the most experienced players in the Ladies Squad. She has played for Ireland both Indoors and Outdoors for many years and has medalled at the recent Atlantic Rim Championships in 2019.

Meet your High-Performance Team

Text Box: Neil is the High-Performance Coach for Irish Bowls. He has represented Ireland at International Level on more than 100 occasions and has won Gold Medals at both Commonwealth and World Bowls levels.
Text Box: Neil Booth – High Performance Coach
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Text Box: Barbara is the Ladies International Team Manager. She has represented Ireland at International Level in all the Major Events around the World, culminating in a Bronze Medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. She has also won numerous National and British Isles titles.
Text Box: Barbara Cameron – Ladies Team Manager
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Text Box: Tommy has extensive experience in Irish Bowls having filled several important Administration roles. He has won multiple National Titles and is a highly respected member of the team.
Text Box: Tommy Smith – Mens Assistant Team Manager
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Text Box: Mandy is a vastly experienced former International bowler who has transformed the U-25 Ladies game outdoor in her other role as U-25 Team Manager. She paired up with the current Ladies Team Manager, Barbara Cameron to win a career highlight Bronze medal in Glasgow in 2014.
Text Box: Mandy Cunningham – Ladies Assistant Team Manager
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Text Box: Colin has represented Ireland at both Indoor and Outdoor International levels and has a wealth of experience in the game. He has held several important positions throughout Irish Bowls and brings a great amount of experience to the role.
Text Box: Colin Campbell – Performance Analyst
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Text Box: Gary is a past Indoor International and has a domestic record second to none at Club Level in Ireland. He has won National Titles and brings a vast amount of drive and determination to this role.  A highly respected and driven individual who will bring great professionalism to the role.
Text Box: Gary McElroy – Performance Analyst
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