INVERCLYDE Leisure and Indoor Bowling Club’s John Fleming Jnr was honoured for the second year in succession at the Scottish Indoor Bowling Awards in Glasgow this weekend.

On the eve of a new indoor season the awards, hosted by Glasgow Indoor Bowling Club, were both recognition and celebration of the many outstanding bowlers and performances in Scotland over the past indoor season.

Fleming won the Scottish Indoor Young Male of the Year, sponsored by Glasgow Indoor Bowling Club.

In the 2015-16 season Fleming moved up a gear to become the youngest player ever to win the Scottish indoor gents’ national singles title.

He defeated Martin Williamson in a classy final and handled the pressure with a vocal and partisan support cheering him on to victory.

Fleming backed this success up further by taking the Scottish under-21 singles championship at Falkirk during the second session of finals this season. 

This age group is extremely strong at this moment and Fleming’s commanding win showed the form he has been in.

He continues to challenge himself at the highest level and this season competed in the Scottish International Open at Perth and the International Open at Blackpool against the world’s elite.

The Greenock youngster also reached the final of both the WIBC under-25 singles and mixed pairs final when the championships were held at Coatbridge in December.

He said: “To win the award once is an honour, but to win it twice, after two successful years, is absolutely unbelievable.

“We are a small club so to win this is a massive achievement and I think it will be greatly appreciated by the club.

“The highlights of the year were going to represent Scotland for the first time in the under-25 team and to go to the World Championships in the men’s singles.

“To play with Lesley Doig in the mixed pairs was an achievement and although I didn’t win the event it was great to represent Scotland; it’s always an honour to represent your country.

“Winning the Scottish national singles title, and being the youngest player to ever win it was unbelievable, a great feeling.”