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World Indoor Bowls Champion Darren Burnett back at work at Arbroath police station after his fantastic success at the weekend. He's back on the beat on Arbroath High Street pictured with Ella Smith; Photo: Paul Reid.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Police officer Darren Burnett was back pounding the beat after achieving world bowls glory against Norfolk champ Mervyn King.
The Arbroath West community police officer is now modestly enjoying celebrity status after winning the world indoor bowls singles championship.
The 37-year-old, who is also a former world junior champion, triumphed against Mr King in a tense final on Sunday in front of the BBC cameras at Great Yarmouth.
Mr Burnett was jubilant after he took the title and pocketed a record £50,000 first prize following his nerve-shredding tie-break success.
After his win, he said: “It’s unbelievable. For the first time in my career, I came down not in form and not expecting anything other than getting through the first game. But I have been more relaxed than I have been before.
“We both probably played under what we have been playing and he was a little more consistent. I really couldn’t master the weight at first and I was hanging in there. But the big bowls came at the right time and I am absolutely delighted.
“For it to go to the last bowl, you can’t get any better than that.”
The world champion admitted to having jitters at the start.
“It was the first game of the tournament where I can honestly say there were plenty of nerves. I’ve never been in the final before and I was up against a man who has been superb throughout the event. I was just delighted to get over the line.
“I’ve won titles before but this is the one I’ve been working towards. It means everything. I have dreamed about walking down that rink to collect the trophy, and now it’s come true.”
He has represented his country around the world and was cheered on in Sunday’s final by his wife Linsey and daughters Isla and Evie.
This week he took his trophy to Arbroath Police Office to show colleagues and said he would have to get used to being recognised, as he adjusted to life back on the beat, but had no plans to give up his day job.
Mr Burnett burst on to the professional circuit winning the International Open in 2008 before going on to win the Welsh Grand Prix in 2010. He hoped to be included in the Scotland team for this year’s Commonwealth Games and intended to return next year in a bid to retain his world crown.