NICK BRETT

Club: Brampton (Huntingdonshire)

Date of birth: 14/5/1974

How did you get into the sport?: The local club where my father played were short one night for the league – the captain said to my dad to bring me a long to make up the numbers. Some would say I’ve being I’ve been doing that ever since! I was about the age of 10 or 11 at the time.

International debut: Junior 1997; Senior 2000

Type of bowl/s used: Henselite

International achievements:

  • British Isles Singles Champion 2000
  • European Championships 2007 – Team Gold Medal

National achievements:

  • National Junior Singles Champion – 1998
  • National Singles Champion – 1999
  • National Mixed Fours Champion – 2013
  • National Club Two Fours Champion – 2008

Twitter handle: @brett1_nick

ELLEN FALKNER

Club: Littleport (Cambridgeshire)

Birthday: 12th June

How did you get into the sport?: I have always been sporty – I love playing and watching most sports. When my mum and dad started to play, it was only a matter of time before I gave it a go!

International debut: Junior 1997; Senior 2002

Type of bowl/s used: Size 2 mid-bias gripped bowls

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Gold: Pairs (2010), Triples (2014), Fours (2002)
    Bronze: Triples (2018)
  • World Championships
    Gold: Fours (2004), Team (2004)
    Silver: Singles (2008), Pairs (2008), Fours (2016)
    Bronze: Pairs (2016)
  • Atlantic Championships
    Gold: Triples (2005), Fours (2005 and 2011), Team (2011 and 2015)
    Silver: Pairs (2009), Triples (2011 and 2015)
    Bronze: Fours (2015)
  • 8 Nations
    Gold: Triples (2013), Team (2013)
  • British Isles Championships
    Singles: 2012
    Pairs: 2009, 2013, 2018
    Triples: 2008
  • Europe v Asia Classic Ladies Pairs Gold Medal (2003)

National achievements:

  • Singles: 2011
  • Two-Wood Singles: 2011
  • Pairs: 2007, 2008, 2012, 2017
  • Triples: 2007
  • Champion of Champions: 2017, 2019
  • Mixed Fours: 2014
  • Mother & Daughter Pairs: 2011

Twitter handle: @FalknerEllen

SIAN HONNOR

Club: Appleyard (Kent)

Date of birth: 14/1/1988

How did you get into the sport?: I took up bowls because my grandparents were keen players. We used to have carpet bowls tournaments for money in the garden and I started at the Oyster IBC at seven years old.

International debut: Junior 2004; Senior 2009

Type of bowl/s used: Aero Groove (Size 3)

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Gold: Triples (2014)
    Bronze: Triples (2010 and 2018)
  • Atlantic Championships
    Gold: Triples (2019), Fours (2011), Team (2011)
  • Commonwealth Youth Games
    Bronze: Mixed Pairs 2004

National achievements:

  • National Triples – 2014
  • Johns Trophy – 2017
  • Amy Rose Bowl –  2007 (Devon) and 2014 (Sussex)
  • National Fours – 2018 (Finalist)
  • Walker Cup – 2017 (Finalist)

Other achievements:

  • Junior Bowler of the Year: 2010
  • Senior Bowler of the Year: 2014

Twitter handle: @gordonsian

ANDREW KNAPPER

Club: Tilehurst (Berkshire)

Date of birth: 02/09/1981

How did you get into the sport?: My Dad played at a good level for the county, I used to go and watch in between playing other sports and got hooked on it.

International debut: Senior 2013

Type of bowl/s used: Aero Groove (Size 3)

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Silver: Fours (2014)
    Bronze: Pairs (2014)
  • World Championships
    Gold: Triples (2016)
  • Atlantic Championships
    Bronze: Triples (2015)

National achievements:

  • National Triples – 2013 and 2019 (Finalist: 2003)
  • Balcomb Trophy – 2010
  • Middleton Cup – 2013 (Finalist: 2011)
  • Mixed Fours – 2009 (Finalist)

Other achievements:

  • Senior Bowler of the Year: 2013 and 2014

Twitter handle: @andyknapper123

LORRAINE KUHLER

Club: Oxford City & County (Oxfordshire)

Date of birth: 07/06/1990

How did you get into the sport?: My dad played and I used to go all over the county to watch, sometimes doing their scorecards on the bank. His club was ‘Men Only’ and you had to be 14 to play, so whilst I was watching him play at another club one of their members got me on the green and signed me up!

International debut: Junior 2008; Senior 2011

Type of bowl/s used: Taylor Ace

International achievements:

  • Atlantic Championships
    Gold: Triples (2019)
  • European Championships
    Silver: Pairs (2011), Overall Team (2011)
  • Hong Kong Classic
    Bronze: Pairs (2014)

National achievements:

  • National Triples – 2014
  • National Junior Pairs – 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Amy Rose Bowl – 2014
  • Walker Cup – 2018

Twitter handle: @kuhls90

ROBERT PAXTON

Club: Crediton (Devon)

Date of birth: 11/6/1978

How did you get into the sport?: I took up bowls because both of my parents played.

International debut: Junior 2001; Senior 2010

Type of bowl/s used: Drakes Pride

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Bronze: Singles (2018)
  • World Championships
    Gold: Triples (2016)
  • European Championships
    Gold: Mixed Fours (2013), Team (2013)

National achievements:

  • Triples Finalist – 2009
  • Champion of Champions Finalist – 2016

Twitter handle: @paxton_robert

KATHERINE REDNALL

SAM TOLCHARD

SOPHIE TOLCHARD

Club: Kings BC, Torquay (Devon)

Date of birth: 02/10/91

How did you get into the sport?: My Grandad played for England and my Dad played for Devon so I have grown up with the sport running through the generations. My brother Sam has bowled from an early age so I decided to give it a go as I spent a lot of time watching.

International debut: Junior 2010; Senior 2012

Type of bowl/s used: Drakes Pride Professional

International achievements:

  • 8 Nations 2013 – Triples Gold Medal
  • Commonwealth Games 2014 (Glasgow) – Triples Gold Medal
  • Atlantic Rim 2015 (Cyprus) – Singles Bronze Medal, Triples Silver Medal and Overall Team Gold
  • World Championships 2016 (New Zealand) – Pairs Bronze Medal
  • British Isles Championships – Pairs 2017, Triples 2012 and 2017, Fours 2019, Junior Singles 2016

National achievements:

  • Singles: 2015, 2018
  • Two-Wood Singles: 2019
  • Pairs: 2016
  • Triples: 2011, 2016
  • Fours: 2018
  • Junior Singles: 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Junior Pairs: 2016
  • Mixed Fours: 2008, 2012, 2015
  • Family Pairs: 2019

Other achievements:

  • Junior Bowler of the Year: 2013, 2014
  • Senior Bowler of the Year: 2015, 2016, 2019

Twitter handle: N/A

JAMIE WALKER

JOHN Mc GUINNESS

MO MONKTON

KIRK SMITH

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