Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Julie was born Julie Gibson in 1968. She attended Hawick High School from 1979 to 1985. Her favourite teacher there was Mr Halliday and her favourite subject was PE. Julie had many friends at school; Lorraine Jack, Mandy Thomson, Sandra Reid, Michelle Gobby, Audrey Fair, Pauline Lumsden, Carol Wear, Karen Brown and Lynn McColm. Her ambition in Hawick High School was simply to do well in life. Her influences while at High School were Duran, Duran, Simon Le Bon and Paul Young, as it wasn’t till later that she discovered bowls. She knew she was going to be good, when she took easily to it and she realised that this was something she could be best at. Hawick bowls international Senga McCrone became her new hero. She taught Julie everything she needed to know about how to get to and stay at the top. Hawick High School was a big influence on her as it taught her how to behave and keep quite as she was “a chatterbox”. It also made her knuckle down and try harder. She believes it was the best years of her life.
Julie Forrest has won many different awards;
1995-2005 Scottish Internationals, missed 2001/2004.
1996 World Bowls
1997 Scottish Triples
1998 – Commonwealth Games, Six Nations tournament, Scottish Pairs and British Isles Triples.
2000- World Bowls Silver Medal Fours.
1992- Scottish Pairs
1993- 2012 Scottish Internationalist missed 2000/2001/2006/2007
1993- Scottish Triples
1994- Scottish Pairs
2001- Scottish Singles, Scottish Masters and World Mixed Pairs.
2002- Scottish Masters and World Mixed Pairs.
2003- Scottish Singles, Scottish Pairs and Scottish Masters.
2004-World Singles and British Isles Singles.
2008- Scottish Singles
2009- Scottish Singles
2010 -British Isles Singles, World Singles and Scottish Triples.
2011- British Isle Singles.