Golden Robbie bowls over the competition

Edinburgh College student Robbie Anderson has won a gold medal in the indoor bowls pairs at the 2017 Special Olympics.

Robbie, who has learning difficulties and has just finished the college’s Entry to Sport course, went through the competition undefeated, claiming four victories from four matches alongside partner Raymond Brumley.

The Special Olympics is the largest sports event to take place in Great Britain for people with an intellectual (learning) disability.  The 10th edition of the games took place earlier this month.

Although the Special Olympic Games were held in Sheffield, the bowls competition took place at Doncaster Indoor Bowls centre.

Robbie said: “I really enjoyed the whole experience. It was a great opportunity to meet new people and to make new friends and I’m so happy that we managed to win gold.”

Robbie’s family are delighted at his success.

His mum Michelle Anderson said: “We couldn’t be prouder of Robbie as he has been training so hard for the past year in this event. Not only has he been training but he has also been raising funds for the team so they could compete at the event.”

Robbie’s dad Steven added: “Honestly, we couldn’t be prouder of what Robbie has achieved. So many members of the family made the trip to watch Robbie compete and this only made his win extra special.”

Robbie was on the Entry to Sport course last year, which uses close ties with local football club Spartans to give young people life, employability and core skills through the power of sport. He is returning to Edinburgh College for the 2017/2018 academic year to start a NC Sport and Fitness course.

Craig Walkingshaw, Sport and Fitness lecturer at Edinburgh College, said: “Robbie is a talented young student with great ability in all sports, particularly bowls. I am delighted to see him achieve his goal of winning Gold and look forward to him progressing with his studies this year at Edinburgh College through the NC Sport and Fitness course.”