Bowls: Catton is Junior of the Year

PUBLISHED: 13:54 09 March 2011

Young Bowler of the Year.

Saffron Walden.

March 08, 2011.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Richard with his trophey and the photo of his brother (David) collecting his award in 2005.

Name: Richard Catton.

Young Bowler of the Year. Saffron Walden. March 08, 2011. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Richard with his trophey and the photo of his brother (David) collecting his award in 2005. Name: Richard Catton.

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FIVE years after the death of his brother an indoor bowls player has emulated his sibling's success by winning the Junior Bowler of the Year.

Turpin’s member Richard Catton, 22, received his award during a glittering event at Leicester City’s Walkers Stadium last week and is delighted but also humble.

His success follows that of his brother David who at the age of 19 won the Bowler of the Year 2005. David died soon after this award following a heart transplant in 2000.

Richard said: “It is great to win and I am very proud. Obviously after David passing away it gave me inspiration and motivation to carry on the game.

“I have been playing since I was 14 and the social side of the sport is a big draw for me. The event in Leicester was really amazing I was actually shocked that I won the award.”

Richard had a successful 2010 that included being skip for the winning Cambridge and County team in the National Fours Championship at Worthing.

He was skip for the England under 25s in the British Isles Junior International Series and as a Duxford resident he also represents Turpin’s IBC in their County Team, currently involved in the Club Championships.

Along with fellow club member Ashley Norman he has entered the World Indoor Bowls Championship with finals taking place in January 2012 at Potters in Norfolk.

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