Wildcard Bowls champion to play in Scottish International Championships

Connor will play this Saturday

It’s been a big build-up, and a once in a lifetime opportunity for any budding bowls player, but our Wildcard Bowls Champion is ready to finally take his place beside bowling legends, at the Scottish International Championships this weekend.

Connor Cinato (pictured) won his entry into this infamous bowls championship last month, when he played in the final against five other bowling enthusiasts from across the UK.

Connor beat Paul Maynard in a tie-break, with it going down to the final bowl of the day to decide the winner – now that’s what we call a competition!

Our Wildcard Bowls competition was launched earlier this year to find an entry into the Scottish International Championships, which we opened up to our Co-op members and colleagues who wanted to seize the opportunity.

At £10 an entry, with all money raised to go to our Charity Partnership – Tackling Loneliness with the British Red Cross, it was a win win no matter what their game-play fate.

The competition attracted almost 150 entries, resulting in six sets of regional play-offs held in Stirling, Stanley, Blackpool, Ely, Bristol and London in September. The final was then held on Sunday 2nd October where Connor was crowned King of the Wildcard.

Connor Cinato, from Ely, is set to play his first match in Perth this Saturday (5th November) at 2pm in Game 7, against the world number 12, Jason Greenslade from Wales. If he wins his first match, his next will be played on Tuesday 8th, against either Robert Paxton or Anthony Webb.

Mark Chappelhow, our National Community Manager, commented: “We’re so pleased that we’ve been able to contribute to a sport with such a strong tradition, and one that plays a key role within so many local communities across the country.

“We sponsor a number of bowls clubs up and down the UK, as we’re passionate about bringing members of the community together, but this competition has provided us with a unique way of giving this traditional sport a renewed energy.

“We wish Connor all the best for his first match against Jason Greenslade – we’ll certainly be cheering him on from the stands.”

We’re going to be on the edge of our seats – may the best man win!

Connor Cinato

For further information contact

Emily Penkett

PR Manager

Lauren Pogson

Senior PR Manager

Catherine Turner

Head of PR