Success Series: Double Gold at World Junior Indoor Bowls!

Success Series: Double Gold at World Junior Indoor Bowls! 🥇

The Irish competitors returned home from the World Junior Indoor Bowls Championships in East Kilbride, Scotland, with two coveted gold medals.

The standout performer was 23-year-old Shauna O’Neill, who captured the ladies’ singles title and teamed up with Ryan McElroy to win the mixed pairs crown.

Reflecting on the stunning double triumph, Shauna praised the support structures that helped her achieve success.

“I owe so much of what I have achieved to date to both the Irish Bowls Federation and Sport Northern Ireland (SINI). The trust and belief the IBF has put in me by selecting me to be a part of the Irish squad is something I am so grateful for. Everyone involved gives you endless support so you can perform at your absolute best.”

The intense four-game per day schedule at the championships proved a true test of endurance. But Shauna credited the guidance of the “top class coaching staff” and the sports science knowledge gained from SINI as crucial factors.

“The tournament was quite an intense schedule…Thankfully I had that support along with the knowledge I have gained from SINI which helped me maintain my concentration and energy levels throughout.”

One particular highlight for Shauna was the opening mixed pairs clash against Australia, where she and Ryan McElroy earned a dramatic last-end victory.

“The most memorable game for me was the very first one in the mixed pairs against Australia. We went to a tied end and Ryan had last bowl with the match against him and he played the perfect runner to take the Aussies out and win it. That gave us momentum and belief we could go all the way.”

Shauna’s recent experience competing in Australia also paid dividends, as she incorporated the lessons learned from facing the world’s best.

“Playing against fantastic players in difficult conditions week in and week out really helped improve my game. Having played with and against the best players in the world I was able to learn so much.”

The young Irish star’s triumph is all the more impressive given her previous struggles with self-confidence, an area she has dedicated immense focus to developing.

“I have struggled in the past with confidence in myself but I have worked really hard on that aspect of my game closely with SINI. I feel like having been able to manage it better and believe in not just Ryan but also myself is what helped me achieve a double gold.”

Shauna’s advice for aspiring young bowlers is simple yet effective: “Success is not gifted it comes from good preparation, 100% commitment and a lot of hard work. Practice as much as you can and especially work on the areas you feel like aren’t your strength.”

What an outstanding performance from our Irish stars!

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