Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

HE'S BOWLED OVER! Qualifier Chisholm Soars Up the Rankings after Shock Welsh Victory

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

HE'S BOWLED OVER! Qualifier Chisholm Soars Up the Rankings after Shock Welsh Victory

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Byline: By NICK PUREWAL

JUMPING 99 places up the world bowls rankings, Walker labourer Rob Chisholm has set his sights on family glory.

After his landmark Welsh Open win last weekend, Chisholm will pair up with dad Ian for a tilt at the Father and Son Doubles National Finals in Nottingham.

Lowly qualifier Chisholm saw off seventh seen Simon Skelton to claim the title in Swansea last week.

Now he has booked his place in this year's world indoor championships, he is all set on success outside too.

Representing boyhood club The Willows, 23-year-old Chisholm will join forces with his dad in an attempt to keep his glory run alive.

Ecstatic Chisholm said the only problem now is twisting his boss' arm for the time off work he will need this year.

Chisholm said: "The first match in Swansea was the most nerve wracking.

"I have known for a while I am good enough to crack the top spots.

"I knew also it would take some time, so I am delighted I have managed to seal the win at the first attempt.

"I knew if I could come through the first round that I could take anyone on, but it was a pretty nervous affair and I was relieved to come through it.

"Then it all came thick and fast really, and some of it flashed by in a bit of a blur.

"However, it was an amazing feeling when I came through and won the final.

"I came up against some very good players, but honestly I have felt I could grab a result like this for a little while."

Chisholm added: "Now I have booked my place in the worlds later in the year a lot of other tournaments opportunities have started to throw up too.

"To be honest I might struggle for some because of work - but so far my boss has been fantastic with helping me out in managing to take holiday and things like that."

Chisholm said the surprise party which greeted him on his return to Newcastle after a tough week in south Wales was the icing on the cake to top off a run to remember.

He said: "I popped into the bowls club on Sunday for a quick pint after I got back.

"It was probably a good thing I decided to go, because there were about 40 people waiting there!

"That was amazing, because it showed how much the guys at home and at the club cared about what I had achieved, and that probably means more than anything else. …

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