The girl invited to compete for the country couldn’t afford to go, so the locals paid for her


Melissa Ainslie is just 14 years old, but she is a bowling pupil and was asked to represent Scotland in an international competition, but when she couldn’t afford to go, her local community rallied around her.

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Melissa Ainslie is set to represent Scotland after her local community raised the money she needed to attend.

A girl is ready to represent her country in an international bowling competition after her local community supported her and raised the money for her to attend.

Melissa Ainslie is only 14 years old, but she is a great bowler and has been invited to compete for Scotland at the European Junior Championships, which take place in France in April.

But it was going to cost Melissa’s family around £2,000, and her parents, Kelly, 39, and Allyn, 42, were struggling to pay for the nine-day trip.

Now Melissa is ready to compete as enough money was donated by friends, family and the local community who wanted to see the young lady represent them.

Melissa has bowled for years and practices for hours a day.
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Melissa, who already has 15 trophies, said: “I am very happy that everyone has tried to help, it is incredible. I am going for my grandmother and the people who helped me get there.”

“I am one of eight people chosen to represent Scotland. I hope there are more opportunities to go around the world.”

“I learned when I was younger and got it from my parents and grandparents. I would like to do it professionally when I am older and be a coach.”

Melissa learned to bowl from her grandparents and is now one of the best
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Melissa is training three hours a week at Deer Park Country Club, Livingston, West Lothian, in preparation, after going 19 months without bowling due to lockdowns.

And you can look for generous donors who raised £2,655 so that Melissa can attend the competition.

He said he will think of grandmother Anne Ainslie, 72, who died on Oct. 25, 2020, and inspired his love of the sport.

Melissa said: “My grandparents got me into the league and it became more competitive.

“The competitions are all over Scotland, I’ve made a lot of friends through them.

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“This is the first time I’ve traveled abroad to represent Scotland.

“You have to figure out what styles work best and what you’re comfortable with.

“If there are a lot of people around, I try to ignore everyone and concentrate.

“There was a competition in March 2020 and then 19 months off.

“In September of last year I came back.

“I feel like that’s my comfort zone.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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