Galgate bowler wins national title in best ever year

Janice Gower and Sue Kearsley after winning their national title.
Janice Gower and Sue Kearsley after winning their national title.

A Galgate indoor bowler is enjoying the best year of her career.

Janice Gower has seen years of hard work rewarded by winning a national title as part of a remarkable winning streak.

Janice Gower with her national title.

Janice Gower with her national title.

So often the bridesmaid in the singles, triples and fours, she triumphed in the pairs with Blackpool’s Sue Kearsley at the English Indoor Bowling Association Championships in Melton Mowbray.

Janice, supported on the day by mum and dad Maureen and Ted France and partner Richard Maddieson, said: “I still can’t believe it.

“Winning anything is amazing but winning one of the most prestigious titles in bowls with a long time friend makes it mean so much more.

“The season has been my best ever.”

The long-awaited national title has been the icing on the cake for Janice who kicked off her winning streak by winning the prestigious Hartlepool Ladies Masters back in January with Ali Merrien MBE.

Totting up the scores over the weekend the pair hauled up 136 shots and conceded just 39.

Moving onto the nationals Janice, with the of new coach Colin Bell from Peak Performance in Lancaster, reached the quarter finals of the triples before she teamed up with Kearsley to try and beat off more than 500 other pairs.

Things weren’t looking good in the final with the duo behind until the final two ends. Janice said: “I shut my eyes on our opponent’s last delivery, I couldn’t bear to watch.

“Then when the dust settled I thought - did we really do that.

“It’s one thing that can never be taken away from you. Winning a major.”

The win means the pair will be representing England at the British Isles Championships next March.

As well as her own sporting success Janice continues to turn her hand to commentary for the main TV competitions and other press work.

She also runs disabled and junior coaching sessions with schools in Penrith and all over the area and helps organise events including the recent relaunch of the Superbowl where indoor bowls meets crown green.