Julie Forrest: Hawick bowler in World Indoor Bowls final

BORDERS bowler Julie Forrest is competing in the mixed pairs final of the World Indoor Bowls Championships today (Tuesday, January 19).

Partnered with compatriot Stewart Anderson, Forrest is taking on Carla Banks – also from Scotland – and England’s Robert Paxton.

The match, which started at 3pm, is being held at Potters Resort near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, where the tournament began on January 8 and runs until Sunday (January 24).

On Thursday, Forrest will play in the last-16 of the open singles.

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She beat Jason Banks, of Scotland, in the first round last Thursday (January 14).

But Forrest will now face sixth seed Greg Harlow from England.

Apart from Forrest, two other women have been competing in the open section – Katherine Rednall is also through to the last-16, but Ellen Falkner was defeated in the first round.

In the previous three World Indoor Bowls Championships, no women featured in the main draw of the open section.

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In the ladies’ singles, reigning champion Forrest lost her opening tie to Devon Cooper.

Forrest had taken the trophy home for two consecutive years before crashing out at an early stage this year.

Speaking to BBC Sport following her 2019 success, Forrest said: “I am actually still shaking. I thought my legs were going to collapse. I’m ecstatic.”

As well as her indoor achievements, Forrest has also seen success outdoors. Part of Teviotdale Indoor Bowling Club in Hawick, she was inducted into the Borders Hall of Fame in 2007.

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