Wychavon's Chairman, Cllr Robert Raphael, has publicly rallied support for local bowls star Jack Pullin.

The 29-year-old Punlin, who earned international recognition last August, will represent England in next month's International Bowls for the Disabled World Championships in South Africa.

Pullin began playing bowls at age nine, following his father's footsteps at Bredon Bowling Club.

“I’d tried other sports and my dad said, ‘Do you fancy a game?’ I said, ‘Go on then’ and I haven’t looked back since,” Jack said.

“It is a dream come true to play for your country and last year in Australia was a truly amazing experience, something I will never forget. 

“To go from a club bowler to playing for England is truly incredible and helps put the club and the sport of bowls on the map. The great thing about bowls is it is a truly inclusive sport and anyone of any age or ability can play it.”

Councillor Raphael recently visited the club to express his best wishes for Pullin's upcoming competition.

Cllr Robert Raphael, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: “It was great to meet Jack and hear more about his story. Unfortunately for me, my bowls skills were no match for Jack’s amazing talent!

“Jack is an inspirational young man and on behalf of everyone in Wychavon I wish him and the England team all the best for the upcoming tournament and we’ll be cheering him on as he competes for the gold medal.”