JULIE Forrest dedicated her sixth Scottish Bowls singles title to six-year-old daughter Alex, saying she believes her “lucky charm” has helped her to her last four national titles.
Julie defeated Sharon Leitch of Balbardie 21-15 in the semi-final at Falkirk last Saturday before overcoming Michelle Cooper (Ardrossan) by 21-10 in Sunday’s showpiece.
The Teri ace identified the birth of young Alex, a pupil at Drumlanrig school, as a contributing factor in her dominance of Scottish women’s bowls in recent years. Julie, 44, was crowned national champion twice prior to the birth of her daughter, but has added four more titles to her tally in the last five years.
“I’ve always said Alex is a lucky charm,” Julie told the Hawick News. “She’s put more meaning into my life, and I’m a lot more relaxed since she’s come along.
“I would say I have less time for bowls, but since my daughter was born that’s four times I’ve won the singles title.
“The hunger is still there for the big tournaments, but I honestly don’t know where all these titles come from.”
Julie clocked four points during what proved to be the final end in her last-four clash with Leitch to seal victory, then came back from 7-3 down in the final to defeat Cooper.
“I’m normally apprehensive before a big game anyway, but I knew the girl in the semis would be particularly tough,” said Julie. “She was gutted because I was 17-15 up on her, and she lost the four at the last end. I was pleased with how I played. As it happened, the semi was harder than the final.
“In the final, I didn’t start well, but I played a shot at 7-3 that turned it around and won 21-10.”