Weston bowls player Rebecca McMillan will be aiming for international glory on the channel island of Guernsey next week at the Bowls World Championships.

The 31-year-old life member of the St Andrews club on Thirlmere Road, Weston, is England women’s representative in the 2024 World Bowls Indoor Championships.

She qualified for the event by winning the English women’s indoor singles championship in 2023 and will be competing against 30 countries in the championships, which start on Sunday.

McMillan, who made her England debut recently at the British Isles Indoor Championships, will be competing in the women’s singles and also the mixed pairs, where she will partner the England men’s champion Harry Goodwin from Kent.

With partner Tim Wyatt and daughter Maisie, she will be catching the Poole-Guernsey ferry on Saturday and will be playing twice a day in a group that includes Hong Kong and Namibia.

Weston Mercury: It was the start of the outdoor season at St Andrews Bowls ClubIt was the start of the outdoor season at St Andrews Bowls Club (Image: St Andrews Bowls)

The defending women’s champion is Scot Julie Forrest, well known from her appearances in the World Championships at Potters and there are several other big-name competitors.

Back at St Andrews, the club held a successful opening day of the outdoor season on Saturday, when Weston Mayor Councillor Ciaran Cronnelly bowled the first wood.

A 14-end match between teams representing President Jim Keay and men’s captain Robin Potter ended, diplomatically, in a draw.

Jack Bullock then went on to win in the spider.

Saints’ first inter-club match is a mixed friendly at home to Ashcombe Park on the afternoon of Monday 22nd.