Jan 6 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A TEENAGE bowler is being tipped to become an international star.
Talented Carrie McLean, who is only 13, has been selected to play for Scotland’s under 25s in a crucial match later this month.
The Auchinleck member, who won a stack of junior titles at her club last year, will now take on England with her new teammates.
And she’s being backed to become a big name on the world stage after landing international honours at such a young age.
Carrie, who comes from a long line of bowlers, admits the cap call was a bolt from the blue.
She said: “I was very surprised to get in the squad at such a young age.
“I didn’t expect to be in with a chance of playing for the under 25 team because I’m so young, so it’s great to get the opportunity.
“I was given a trial in Dunfermline and was so excited and shocked to be told I’d made it through.
“I’ve bowled since I was eight years old and it would be my dream to be a professional player.”
The second year pupil at Auchinleck Academy added: “Bowling isn’t seen as very cool for younger people.
“But I’ve grown up with it and I’ve loved going to the club since I was really young.
“It would be good to see lots more youngsters taking up the sport.”
Catrine girl Carrie is coached by dad Alan and fellow junior coaches Margaret Bingham and Elaine McKenzie.
And Alan said: “It’s a real triumph for the club to have Carrie selected for Scotland at such a young age.
“Our junior section is doing really well and is proof that bowling isn’t just for the older ones.
“Carrie has got a real talent and now has the chance to go on and make the most of it.
“She’s in the same squad as people who represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, so she’s in great company.”
Carrie’s school headteacher, Peter Gilchrist, said: “We are all very proud of Carrie’s achievement.
“Being selected for a national squad at such a young age is excellent and bodes well for her future sporting career.”
And Councillor Jim Roberts, added: “Carrie is a credit to the whole school and the local community, who have supported her all the way and, I’m sure, will continue to do so.”
Carrie and her Scotland teammates will head south to take on England and Wales in a home international clash later this month.