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

Rising Star – Male Shortlist
Charlie Beeton (Felixstowe & Suffolk BC, Suffolk)

On the green in 2023 proved to be very victorious for Charlie. In the Bowls England U18 Singles Competition at Oxford City and County BC, Charlie emerged victorious, showcasing the high level Charlie was playing at throughout the season. His triumphs extended internationally as he secured the British Isles U18 Singles Championship in Ayr, Scotland, overcoming the tough junior competition within the Home Nations. Additionally, Charlie contributed to England’s success at the U18 International Series in Wales, playing his part in the squad who clinched the series win.

Oli Collins (Ilminster BC, Somerset)

2023 will be a year to remember for Oli, in particular for the Aviva National Finals. It was success for Oli, securing the National Men’s Junior Pairs title. He also managed to reach the Men’s Junior Singles final, in which we finished runner-up narrowly missing out on the title. Nonetheless, it was a successful Aviva National Finals for Oli.

He was also selected to represent England at the U18 International Series in Wales. More success for Oli, playing a pivotal role in England’s victory. There were also impressive performances during the Bowls England U18 Singles competition, advancing to the latter stages.

Tom Holmes (Ross-on-Wye BC, Herefordshire)

Tom had a very strong year on the green in 2023, in particularly at the Aviva National Finals. Battling his way through tough rounds, Tom was victorious securing the National Men’s Junior Singles title. Continuing to perform well, Tom also qualified in other national competitions in the Men’s Pairs and Men’s Fours competition. In addition to his impressive victories at the Aviva National Finals, Tom showcased exceptional leadership skills as the captain of the England Men’s U25 team playing in the International Series at Llandrindod Wells BC, Wales.

Rising Star – Female Shortlist
Chloe Brett (Brampton BC, Huntingdonshire)

It was a season to be proud of for Chloe, with strong performances throughout the season, nationally at the Aviva National Finals and internationally representing England at the Under 25 International series in Wales. Playing her part in the Huntingdonshire mixed fours team at the Aviva National Finals, Chloe ended up finishing runner-up in the competition with terrific performances to reach the final.

Competing in the Under 25 International series, saw Chloe proudly represent the country. Although it wasn’t success for the England squad, a memorable moment for Chloe to perform on an international stage. The 2023 season can now be used for Chloe to progress onto 2024 and look towards more success.

Emily Kernick (Sherwood Park BC, Warwickshire)

In her breakout season, it was one to remember for Emily. 2023 proved to be a resounding success nationally and internationally, who played outstanding bowls throughout the season. At the Aviva National Finals Emily secured her first Women’s Junior Singles title. The success didn’t stop there, with Emily also winning the Junior Women’s Pairs title completing the double, proving how well she had performed throughout the season.

Strong performances on the green saw Emily called up to the international stage to represent England at the under 25 International series in Wales. It wasn’t to be for England in the International series but a proud moment for Emily nevertheless.

Nicole Rogers (Kings BC, Devon)

Nicole enjoyed a history making season during 2023, becoming the first English women, alongside partner Harriet Stevens, to reach the final of the Classic Women’s Pairs in the Hong Kong Classic. A fantastic achievement to end a successful season for Nicole. Another memorable achievement on the international stage for Nicole saw England secure silver in the Women’s Under 25 Singles, whilst leading the team as junior captain.

At the Aviva National Finals, there was more success as Nicole was part of the winning Women’s Triples team, with Sophie Tolchard and Harriet Stevens, lifting the trophy at Victoria Park, Leamington.

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