The unveiling of these teams took place at the Olympia Centre in the East End

THE ParaSport (Lawn Bowls) selection for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is certainly going to be an extraordinary experience for all the five selected.

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None of para-sport lawn bowls players and two directors who have been selected to represent Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014 have competed in the Commonwealth Games before.

I recently went along to the latest Team Scotland media announcement thanks to a kind invitation from Rebecca Bisland, performance manager at Scottish Disability Sport, who oversees the training and development of disabled bowls.

It was to announce the list of the latest athletes who had been selected for Team Scotland, including boxing, para-bowls and wrestling.

The unveiling of these teams took place at the Olympia Centre in the heart of Glasgow's East End.

This newly renovated building has been transformed into a 21st century centre which includes a library and Boxing Scotland's suites and business space.

Glasgow 2014 will see Scotland's para-sport lawn bowlers compete in the Games after a 12-year absence, following its introduction into the parasport programme in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where they won Gold in the physically disabled triples.

Jon Doig, Team Scotland Chef de Mission, said: "Every athlete with a place on the team has clearly demonstrated their ability to meet the selection standards set and has earned the right to compete for Team Scotland".

I have been following the para-bowls movement since I was introduced to Ron McArthur two years ago.

He has been confirmed as a B2/B3 mixed pairs director for the visually impaired bowler, Robert Conway.

Both have made the Team Scotland selection.

Ron has continued to keep me updated about what has been happening since.

Over the year of hard work and dedication, these athletes with disabilities have had to compete in two major qualification events at the magnificent Glasgow 2014 venue Kelvingrove; the Four Nations tournament in June 2013 and the Eight Nations tournament in August 2013.

Back in March this year, the para-bowls Scotland squad flew out to Vilamoura in Portugal where players were assessed prior to final selection.

There are two different types of categories which bowlers with disabilities are classified under, the mixed pairs B2/B3 (visually impaired) and open triples B6/B7/B8 (physically impaired).

The line-up for the para-bowls Team Scotland are B6/B7/B8 triples of Billy Allan, Michael Simpson and Kevin Wallace and the B2/B3 mixed pair Robert Conway and Irene Edgar.

Robert and Irene, who have a visual impairment, will be supported by two directors, Ron McArthur and David Thomas, who for the first time are classed as athletes and will be eligible to receive any medals won.

I wish the para-bowls Team Scotland squad every success in completing in Glasgow 2014.

This is truly going be to a memorable experience for them and for those who have worked hard behind the scene at Scottish Disability Sport ensuring that they will deliver their best performance yet.

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