Paul Foster and his son Keegan at Foster Crescent.
South Ayrshire Council has honoured gold medal winning world class athlete and internationally respected Troon sportsman Paul Foster, MBE, by naming one of the new streets in the town 'Foster Crescent'.
The Council is responsible for naming all streets in South Ayrshire and, decided, in consultation with the local community council and Councillors agreed to name all the streets in the new Stewart Milne development after Scottish athletes who won medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014:
- Foster Crescent − Paul Foster, Gold medallist, Lawn Bowls
- Commonwealth Drive – after the Games
- Marshall Walk − Alex Marshall, Gold medallist, Lawn Bowls
- Clark Lane − Sarah Clark, Gold medallist, Judo
- Flynn Way − Charlie Flynn, Gold medallist, Boxing
- Adlington Gardens − Sarah Adlington, Gold medallist, Judo
- Taylor Grove − Josh Taylor, Gold medallist, Boxing
- Burton Loan − Euan Burton, Gold medallist, Judo
- Sherrington Drive − Chris Sherrington, Gold medallist, Judo
- Kimberley Grove − Kimberley Renicks, Gold medallist, Judo
Councillor John McDowall, Environment and Sustainability Portfolio Holder for the Council said: Paul Foster was one of the heroes of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and this new housing development will ensure his legacy – and that of other athletes – lives on.
"A Troon man, Paul has inspired many people to take up bowling, just as he was inspired to start bowling by his parents when he was only 12 years old. And I would hope that many others will be encouraged to take up bowls, judo, boxing or any other sport on the back of those athletes' success."
Paul Foster became an MBE in 2014 and remains the World No. 1 in the World Bowls Tour (WBT) ranking list for the 2014−15 season. He has four World Indoor Singles Championship Titles and and with an impressive eight major WBT titles to his credit plus a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in 2006. More recently he won another two Gold medals at the Glasgow 2014 Games in the Fours, and with his pairs partner, Alex Marshall MBE. The pair together have won the 2011 and 2012 World Indoor Pairs Championship and Paul won the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open 2012 and the International Open in 2014.
Paul Foster MBE, said: "I'm over the moon to see my name up there on the street sign – it's definitely not every day that something like this happens. Troon is my hometown so it makes me extremely proud and it's great to see the legacy of the Commonwealth Games carrying on. I might just have to move into Foster Crescent."