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The Club was represented in the 1970 games by E. A. John, C. H. Thompson, A. R. Jones and W. E. Pattimore.

Bill Pattimore holds the distinction of being the oldest competitor ever to have competed in the Games, at the grand age of 79 years.
The inimitable Harry Thompson is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the lowest ever medically recorded heart beat reading in the world, but he went on to live within fifteen months of his hundredth birthday.
Aeron John Welsh International from 1964 to 1969, World Bowls and Commonwealth Games player. Aeron was the baby of the team.
The four gave an excellent account of themselves finishing in fifth place, but gained the distinction of being the only team in the Commonwealth to beat the gold medalists Hong Kong.

In 1979, the Club achieved a great honour in Welsh bowls by winning the Carruthers Shield. This prestigious trophy is played for by many of the bowls clubs in Wales, and is still held in very high regard.

Many Congratulations go to our past club member and Welsh International Kevin Wall on his selection for his first international cap for England.
Kevin had a distinguished career with Cwmbran Park Bowls Club and Wales.

His international career in Wales covered the period from 1997 to 2006, where he gained caps at all levels of the sport from junior to the senior international teams both at indoor and outdoor and represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2006.
Later that year he moved to the Newcastle area where he lived and worked, and played for Gosforth Bowls Club.
As a result of his playing success and his residency qualification period in England, at the age of 30 years he started out on a second international career - a unique achievement.
His first match for England was ironically against Wales at the Belmont Bowls Club, Belfast ,Northern Ireland on the 26th and 27th June 2009 where the British Isles Home Internationals series was held.
Since moving to Newcastle, he achieved quite a successful playing record and represented his new county Northumberland in the outdoor and indoor format.
In 2007 he was part of a trio that won the County Triples Championship.

In 2008 he won the:
County Singles Championship
Northern Counties Singles Championship
County Pairs Championship.

The following is a brief outline of his playing record in Wales:
Welsh International: 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004- 2005 - 2006 - 2014
Welsh Junior International: 2000.
Welsh Indoor International: 2000/01 - 2001/02- 2003/04
Welsh Junior Indoor International (u25):1997/8 - 1998/9 - 1999/00 - 2000/1 - 2001/2 - 2002/3 - 2003/4
Monmouthshire Bowling Association County Triples Champion: 1998
MBA County Singles Champion: 2000
MBA County Singles Champion of Champions: 2004

In 2002 Kevin represented Wales in a test series in Capetown against South Africa where the series was drawn. Later that year, he capped a successful season when he represented Wales in the World Bowls Test series.
This prestigious series was played throughout various venues in England against invitation Test teams from around the world, who were invited to celebrate the English Bowling Association Centennial year.


In 2013, Kevin returned to Wales and to Cwmbran Park Bowls Club. Following his return, Kevin was recalled to the Welsh outdoor bowls team and has subsequently bowled for Islwyn in the indoors version of the game.

During his career, Kevin was a regular part of the MBA County Championship team and his local Eastern Valley team, quite a record.
It is interesting to note that Kevin is a local Old Cwmbran village lad who lived alongside Cwmbran Park Bowling Club Green.
At the age of 12 years he sat alongside the green and watched his future team-mates play this wonderful game of bowls. The rest is, as they say, history..

Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh 1970

W. B. A. Carruthers Shield


Kevin Wall
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