Co-op’s Wildcard Bowls champion to play in Scottish International Championships

31 October 2016

Co-op Funeralcare’s Wildcard Bowls Champion is ready to take his place beside bowling legends, at the Scottish International Championships being held this weekend.

Connor Cinato won his entry in early October, 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.

The Wildcard Bowls competition was launched earlier this year to find an entry into the Scottish International Championships amongst Co-op’s members and colleagues. Overall, 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.

Connor Cinato, who lives in Ely, is set to play his first match in Perth on 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, Co-op Funeralcare’s National Community Manager, commented:

“We are 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.”

The competition also helped to raise funds for Co-op’s partnership charity, the British Red Cross, in their bid to raise £3.5 million to tackle loneliness and social isolation in communities across the UK.


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