Rothesay Academy school captain, Louis Ware, has been selected to play for Scotland’s under 19s cricket team - which carries with it a possibility of competing in the Under 19s World Cup in New Zealand.
Louis, who first started playing cricket at the age of 11 on the island, currently plays for Greenock Cricket Club and for the Western Warriors before playing for the country in Scotland’s under 15s team.
Louis’ dad, Phil, told us: “It was Alan Peacock and Richard Harding [of Bute County Cricket Club] who saw Louis had potential, and they really helped him in his early days.”
After playing for a season with the under 15s, Louis undertook trials for the under 17s team and was selected. Now, having been chosen to play with the under 19s - providing the Scotland team qualifies - Louis could be making his way to New Zealand in 2018 for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
There is a rigorous training schedule, which Louis balances with his studies and other commitments. “Every Sunday is a squad training session in Edinburgh,” Louis told us, “and Thursdays is the western half of the Scotland team. Once a month we’ll go to Edinburgh for a session.”
Asked how he fits everything in, Louis said: “I do a lot of work on the boat. When you’re busy you realise you’ve got more time than you think,. You’ve just got to make the most of the time you’ve got.
“Jane Ross [former Academy pupil, now Scotland women’s footballer and forward for Manchester City Women’s Football Club] gave a talk at school and told us how she managed her time and it always stuck with me.”
Phil and Louis expressed their thanks to George and Katie Ross of Mac’s Bar whose sponsorship of Louis has made a huge difference in his being able to travel to training and matches, and to Bute Island Foods who provide accommodation for them on the mainland.
Former Bute cricket captain, Robert Macintyre, said: “Louis has overcome many of the obstacles that are placed in the way of a young sports person who lives on an island.
“Three members of the old Bute team had an enjoyable day this summer at Greenock watching Louis perform as well as any player on the field and it gives us a good deal of pride to see how well he is doing.
“Hopefully he will be capped for Scotland, and who knows - he might hit the winning run in a world cup match.”