A Johnstone bowler who is registered blind has been congratulated for his success at a prestigious competition.

John Fox recently competed at the International Blind Bowls Association (IBBA) World Championships on the Gold Coast, in Australia.

The dad-of-four and his director Alistair Pratt, who discusses shot options with him during games, won a gold medal during the event.

We previously reported how John played the sport in his youth but stopped after his vision started to deteriorate at the age of six.

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John was later diagnosed with Stargardt disease – a rare genetic condition that has left him with very low peripheral vision since the age of 25.

Despite these challenges, the Spateston Bowling Club member has gone on to win the Scottish title and was a runner-up at the UK Championships.

West Scotland MSP Paul O'Kane recently tabled a Parliamentary motion recognising John's achievements before going on to state that his latest win "sends a message about the importance of sport being inclusive and open to everyone".

Elected members at Renfrewshire Council also passed a motion that recognised the recent success of John and Alistair.

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Mr O'Kane said: "John's achievement is fantastic and it’s something that I wanted my fellow MSPs to know about, and I hope they are spreading his story far and wide.

"There's something special about people who pursue their passion of sport and then reach the very top and John has done that.

"He should be very proud of everything he's done and I’m sure Spateston Bowling club are delighted that one of their own has brought home the top prize."