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CHAIRMAN; ROGER SMITH

I did my first degree at Swansea before becoming a University Tutor and Researcher. I studied for my first Clinical degree at the Institute of Psychiatry before moving to the Potteries. Following this I came back the IOP as Lecturer and Clinician. As a youngster I had always enjoyed competitive sport – Rowing and Rugby (Welsh) – but had to stop after an eye injury.   Bethlem Royal Hospital Bowls Club was advertising for members, and one of my nursing colleagues suggested that we try the sport. It was a tiny Club (about 19 playing members {Men}) but very friendly. After I moved to Neurology at Guys Hospital the trip down to Bethlem became too difficult so I joined Dulwich Sports Club – Bowls section outdoors and the Temple Indoors. Following a back injury, I had to give up playing which also coincided with an increase in responsibility at work – as Consultant I had quite a large Team - and doing a Clinical Doctorate at Canterbury.  When I stepped down later from the NHS as Borough Head of Psychological Treatment (Lewisham) for private practice my thoughts turned to bowls again.  About 10 years ago when my wife and I moved to Orpington for family reasons we joined BIBC and were coached very kindly by Earl and Mary Whitehead. I am very grateful for the friends I have made, all the support given after my dear wife died, and the opportunity to participate in this great sport of ours.