Grant given degree for bowling success

Grant Knox
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Grant Knox has been awarded an honorary degree from Glasgow University to mark his bowling triumphs at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

Grant, 54, was born in Armadale, West Lothian, and has lived in the town for most of his life. He attended Armadale Primary School and Armadale Academy.

He joined Armadale Bowling Club when he was 12 years old. He said: “My father played bowls and took me round all the greens with him. That’s how I got into it, despite no-one else in my family having an interest. I guess I was following in his footsteps.”

After leaving education, Grant went on to work with West Lothian Council’s building services as a senior operative – where he is still employed today.

Aged 26, Grant won a Lawn Pairs gold medal in the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh with George Adrain.

Winning on home soil, he lived up to local expectations which stemmed from the bowling team’s desire to win a medal in front of their own crowd.

He said on his achievement: “It was a great experience and amazing to win gold – something that I am very proud of. Particularly at home, with a lot of local support.”

Grant has won a host of awards for his efforts on the bowling green.

At the 1988 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand he fell just short of the bronze medal after his team lost their first match.

He was West Lothian singles runner up in 2001, amongst winning various club titles since 1982.

He married his wife Joan at Falkirk Register Service in 1995, having first met in 1989 and been together for a number of years.

At a special ceremony earlier this month, Glasgow University awarded Grant a Doctor of the University degree to celebrate his sporting achievements ahead of this year’s Games in the city.

He said: “I received a letter back in March informing me and it was completely out of the blue! I was really quite surprised and hadn’t expected it at all.

“We had afternoon tea at the Principal’s residence, followed by a black-tie dinner on Tuesday. The ceremony itself on the Wednesday was quite a grand affair and extremely well organised – I had a fantastic day.”

Grant is still a member of Armadale Bowling Club and West Lothian Indoor Bowling Club.

He continues to play in club ties, meets with friends and keeps in touch with former bowls 

Grant is looking forward to this years Lawn Bowls at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and expects the Scottish bowls team to do well.

He is recognised by the local community and bowling fans alike, as a champion of the sport and with numerous achievements.