Galgate gal Gower bowled over by best ever season

England indoor bowler Janice Gower from Galgate.

England indoor bowler Janice Gower from Galgate.

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A Lancaster bowler is hoping to finish her best ever season on a high.

Galgate’s Janice Gower is looking to regain her number one ranking in Europe in the qualifiers for the Scottish Open, the International Open and the returning Super Bowl event in Lincoln starting, today, Thursday.

The England international said: “I’ve dropped off my number one ladies ranking in Europe.

“I lost it this time last year and I want it back.

“I was number one for three years so the perfect finish to my season would be getting it back.

“I only need to knock out a couple of the fellas to do it too.”

The weekend will see her line up as one of just five women playing against 2,000 men in a hat-trick of events finishing on Sunday.

Indoor bowls remains largely segregated but Gower believes playing against her male counterparts has helped take her to the top of her sport.

She said: “It’s been my performance in events like this in the past that has got me to the World Championships.

“That’s how the ranking system works.

“Playing against the men has also got to where I am in the sport now.

“It’s really improved my game.

The World Indoor Bowls Championships at the Potters Leisure Resort in Great Yarmouth back in January was just one part of a fantastic season for the Galgate gal.

She has also skipped her rink for England in a successful international series, reached the final of the national ladies singles and become the first ever woman to win the Cumbria and Lancashire championships in the same year.

Gower said: “It’s been a fantastic season – the best ever.

“I’ve represented my country and skipped for England and I’ve done a unique Lancashire and Cumbria double. I’ve had one heck of season.”

After this weekend, she returns to action in September after a summer that includes working with wheelchair bowlers.