Below are the list of male and female nominees which have been shortlisted for the Bowler of the Year award at the Bowls England Awards 2023.

Bowler of the Year – Male Shortlist
Joe Dawson (Kingscroft BC, Leicestershire)

A season to remember for Joe Dawson, particularly for the enthralling Men’s Pairs final at the Aviva National Finals, which saw Joe play the winning shot and lift the trophy with fellow club teammate Nick Wardle, in a game which had the bowls community gripped.

Joe didn’t stop there with strong performances at the Aviva National Finals, becoming a finalist in the Men’s Fours narrowly suffering defeat. A special moment in the season saw Joe make his international debut, competing in the British Isles series for England in Ayr. Unfortunately, unsuccessful in Scotland but nevertheless a terrific and successful season topped by an international appearance representing the country.

Lewis King (Appleyard BC, Kent)

The 2023 Aviva National Finals couldn’t have been any better for Lewis King, who played magnificently throughout the tournament. An outstanding performance in the Men’s Singles, saw Lewis crowned champion for the very first time, defeating outstanding opponents on his way to lifting the trophy.

Success didn’t stop there for Lewis in Leamington, being an integral part of the Appleyard BC (Kent) team, winning the Top Club and capping off a successful end to the season. Looking forward to 2024, Lewis will be keen to continue his impressive performances on the green, whilst making his international debut representing England at the British Isles championships.

Ed Morris (Essex County BC, Essex)

It has been another outstanding season for Ed Morris on the green. A triumphant performance at the British Isles saw Ed retain the Men’s Singles Championships, the first time a player has won consecutive British Isles Men’s Singles titles since David Bryant.

On the international stage, Ed proudly represented England at the World Championships over in Australia followed by competing in the World Champion of Champions, securing bronze after a narrow semi-final defeat.

Bringing the focus closer to home, with strong performances at the Aviva National Finals resulted in Ed becoming a finalist in both the Men’s National Pairs and Men’s National Triples events.

Bowler of the Year- Female Shortlist
Stef Branfield (Clevedon BC, Somerset)

Stef had a brilliant season in 2023, with a particularly strong Aviva National Finals in a variety of competitions throughout the 18 days. It was the Women’s Singles which saw success for Stef, achieving a fantastic feat of winning the title for the second time in three years, against difficult opposition. Stef also impressively qualified in the Fours, Triples and 2-wood singles at the Finals, making it an August to remember once again for the two-time Women’s Singles champion.

Stef proudly represented England at the British Isles international series in Ayr, Scotland, adding to the number of England appearances Stef has already accumulated.

Lorraine Kuhler (Oxford City & Cty, Oxfordshire)

It has been a year to remember for Lorraine. Having been selected to compete in the World Championships for the first time she excelled on the green in difficult conditions with a series of strong performances in Australia. Most notably in the final of the Women’s Fours against the host nation, with a number of high-quality bowls that proved to be match winning.

Prior to the World Championships, Lorraine reached the latter stages in a variety of competitions, including the semi-finals of the Women’s Triples at the Aviva National Finals and performed well at the British Isles internationals, securing silver in the team event.

Sophie Tolchard (Kings BC, Devon)

It was more success for Sophie with national and international victories capping off a brilliant 2023 outdoor season. Competing in the Aviva National Finals, Sophie alongside Kings BC (Devon) teammates Harriet Stevens and Nicole Rogers, were crowned Women’s Triples champions at Leamington.

This was then followed up by an outstanding win for the England Women’s Fours, beating Australia in the final on the Gold Coast, with Sophie playing her part to get the win over the line. That wasn’t it for the international success, with Sophie also securing the Women’s Pairs title at the British Isles Championship.

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