RISING Alloa bowls star Eilidh Weir has been crowned under-25s national indoor bowling champion, after a triumphant display in Midlothian.

The teenager travelled to the Scottish Indoor Bowling Association (SIBA) event at the weekend, aiming to bring home a win from the Thomas Taylor Bowls National Singles Finals.

And the Alloa East End BC star duly obliged, making her family "burst with pride" as she brings the trophy back to Clacks.

While the youngster has represented her country in the sport, she insists Sunday's victory "tops them all".

Eilidh said: "I went into this competition feeling determined as I always do, but knew that each of the draws I had weren't going to be easy.

"Each time I won through the prelims and then my semi final I actually thought: 'I could really do this'.

"To actually win was the greatest feeling ever," she added. "I had an early lead giving me some comfort, but still remained focused as you don't take take anything for granted in bowls as it can all change so quickly.

"When it came to a measure for the championship, the reality started to sink in as I was confident I had the shot.

"I have had great experiences being selected for various indoor and outdoor Scotland teams, but this so far tops them all and look forward to the British Isles later this year."

Proud dad Gordon added: "Karen and myself have supported both our girls through their bowls careers. Eilidh has certainly remained confident and focused throughout and to see her face on winning this championship made it all worth while.

"We hope this is the start of even better things to come as Eilidh has already been selected for the under-25 national team playing in Belfast in February and now we have the British Isles to look forward to.

"All of this coupled with the success she has had at club level and national junior level makes us burst with pride.

"At age 16 I would love her to set her sights on future Commonwealth Games level. After this successful indoor season who knows what outdoor will hold this year."