William (Willie) Wood


1938 -

International bowls player. Born in Haddington (East Lothian) and liveing in Gifford, Wood began playing for the Gifford Bowling Club at the age of twelve. He first represented his country in 1966 and has subsequently take part in a record-breaking eight Commonwealth Games between 1974 and 2010, taking a bronze medal in the Singles competition in 1974, a silver in the Pairs (1978), gold in the Singles (1982) and skipped the Fours team to another gold in 1990. At 72, he was the oldest competitor at the Delhi Games of 2010. He was also successful in the World Championships, taking a gold in the Fours in 1980, a gold and silver in 1984, a silver in the Singles in 1988, a gold in the Fours in 1992, another gold in the Triples (1996) and bronzes in the Triples and Fours in 2000.

Wood was awarded an MBE in 1992 and, in 2007, was the first bowler to be inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame.


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