Presteigne bowling legend recognized at Welsh Sport Hall of Fame

A POWYS bowler has been assured of his name in the history books after being inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.

Presteigne bowler Rob Weale attended a ceremony at Cardiff City Stadium this week in which he was recognized for his lifelong commitment and achievements to the world of bowls.

Weale won his first Welsh National Singles Bowls Championships in 2000 and won singles at the British Isles Championships in 2001.

He won his second Welsh singles title in 2005 before winning a third in August 2012.

He also skipped the Weale Family quartet to the Welsh Outdoor Fours title, eight times. The Weale bowling family includes his three brothers Brian, David and Stuart, his sister-in-law Joanna Weale and his daughter Rhiannon.

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He also won the Welsh Indoor singles three times and in 2005 he created a record by becoming the only man to hold both titles simultaneously.

He won the singles title from the 2000 World Indoor Bowls Championship to the Potters fours World Outdoor title the same year.

Weale won six Commonwealth Games medals, a record for a bowler in eight successive matches, equaling the record for a competitor in any sport.

Weale said: “Wow, just wow. I feel so honored and privileged to have been inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame. I just feel immensely proud to be recognized and to be alongside the other champions from world of bowls Janet Ackland and Mal Evans and legends of the Welsh sport like Lynn Davies, Sir Gareth Edwards and John Charles.”

Weale comes from a bowling family and he credited his parents for their role in his success.

He said: “I owe so much to my family who have supported me over the years and dedicate this award to the real heroes, my father Bill Weale and my late mother Betty who would have been so thrilled.”

Since 1990, inductees to the exclusive Honor Roll have been chosen annually by a committee of trustees made up of representatives from athletics, media, universities and museums.

The organization has also given awards to individuals for their outstanding contribution to Welsh sport.

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