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: @brett1_nick

JAMIE CHESTNEY

Club: Culm Vale (Devon)

Date of birth: 15/11/1986

How did you get into the sport?: I used to go and watch my Dad play when I was about 8 – I’d go on the green after they finished whilst they were having a drink.

International debut: Junior 2004; Senior 2006

Type of bowl/s used: Henselite Tiger/Tiger Evo

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Silver: Fours (2014)
    Bronze: Fours (2018)
  • World Championships
    Bronze: Pairs (2012)
  • Atlantic Championships
    Gold: Singles (2011), Triples (2011), Team (2011)
  • Youth Commonwealth Games
    Bronze: Mixed Pairs (2004)
  • British Isles Championships
    Junior Singles: 2010

National achievements:

  • National Junior Singles Champion – 2009
  • National Pairs Champion – 2004
  • National Club Two Fours Champion – 2016, 2017
  • National Top Club Champion – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Twitter: @jamiechestney

NATALIE CHESTNEY

Club: Kings BC, Torquay (Devon)

Date of birth: 28/07/1989

How did you get into the sport?: My dad played before I was born and when I was nine-years-old he took me to the local junior section at Teignbridge indoors, run by Pete Bright on a Saturday morning. I absolutely loved it and here I am more than two decades on.

International debut: Junior 2005; Senior 2009

Type of bowl/s used: Aero Sonic

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Gold: Singles (2010)
    Silver: Singles (2014), Pairs (2014)
  • World Championships
    Bronze: Singles (2012)

National achievements:

  • National Singles – 2010, 2014
  • National Pairs – 2016
  • National Triples – 2011, 2016
  • National Fours – 2018
  • National Junior Singles – 2007
  • National Mixed Pairs – 2009

Twitter: @NMelmore

ELLEN FALKNER MBE

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: Singles (2009), Fours (2015)
  • 8 Nations
    Gold: Triples (2013), Team (2013)
  • British Isles Championships
    Singles: 2012
    Pairs: 2009, 2013, 2018
    Triples: 2008
    Junior Pairs: 2005
  • 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: 2013
  • Junior Pairs: 2004
  • Johns Trophy: 2007
  • Walker Cup: 2004
  • Mother & Daughter Pairs: 2011

Other achievements:

  • Senior Bowler of the Year: 2007, 2011, 2017

Twitter: @FalknerEllen

AMY GOWSHALL

Club: Cleethorpes (Lincolnshire)

Birthday: 20/03/1979

How did you get into the sport?: My parents both played and as a nine-year-old I wanted to play rather than just watch!

International debut: Junior 1994; Senior 1999

Type of bowl/s used: Aero Sonic/Groove

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Gold: Pairs (2010)
    Bronze: Pairs (2002), Triples (2006)
  • World Championships
    Gold: Fours (2004), Team (2004)

National achievements:

  • Singles: 2004
  • Two-Wood Singles: 2005, 2018
  • Pairs: 2011
  • Fours: 2011
  • Champion of Champions: 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2018
  • Mixed Pairs: 2011
  • Junior Singles: 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002
  • Mother & Daughter Pairs: 2005, 2007, 2009
  • Family Pairs: 2013

Other achievements:

  • Bowler of the Year: 1996, 1999, 2004, 2011, 2018

Twitter: N/A

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: @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: @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: @kuhls90

EDWARD MORRIS

Club: Essex County (Essex)

Date of birth: 07/02/1988

How did you get into the sport?:My Club’s Cadet master came to my school and presented the Club/sport in assembly shortly before Summer holidays. I was in Year 7, my best friend wanted to go so I tagged along with him – he lasted one year, I lasted 20 and counting!

International debut: Junior 2009; Senior 2016

Type of bowl/s used: Taylor Blaze (Size 4)

International achievements:

  • BIBC International Series Winners 2016
  • Tiger Bowls Open (Hong Kong) Bronze Medal 2016

National achievements:

  • National Singles – 2019
  • National Two-Wood Singles – 2018
  • National Pairs – 2013
  • National Mixed Fours – 2017
  • Balcomb Trophy – 2017
  • White Rose Trophy – 2008

Other achievements:

  • Bowler of the Year 2019

Twitter: @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: @paxton_robert

KATHERINE REDNALL

Club: Norfolk BC (Norfolk)

Date of birth: 07/01/1996

How did you get into the sport?: I got into bowls through family. Both sets of grandparents played and also both parents. I started aged 5 at the junior section on a Saturday morning run by my Dad then started gradually playing tournaments and for the club.

International debut: Junior 2012; Senior 2014

Type of bowl/s used: Henselite Tiger Evo (Size 3)

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Bronze: Triples (2018)
  • Represented the Rest of the World in the World Bowls Challenge in 2019

National achievements:

  • National Junior Singles – 2017

Twitter: @KRednall

LOUIS RIDOUT

Club: Kings BC, Torquay (Devon)

Date of birth: 24/01/1990

How did you get into the sport?: I got into bowls through my dad. I first had a go when I was about 3 years old indoors, at Donyatt BC in Somerset where he played. My mum who has never played bowls, was steward at the club at the time. They then both moved to Ilminster BC where they became stewards of the club for about 14 years. So as you can see I used to hang around bowls clubs a lot!

International debut: Junior 2008; Senior 2010

Type of bowl/s used: Thomas Taylor Ace (Size 4)

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Bronze: Fours (2018)
  • Atlantic Championships
    Bronze: Pairs (2015)
  • World Champion of Champions
    Bronze: 2019
  • British Isles Championships
    Singles: 2019
    Pairs: 2016

National achievements:

  • National Singles – 2018
  • National Pairs – 2016
  • National Champion of Champions – 2011
  • National Club Two Fours – 2016, 2017
  • National Top Club – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Middleton Cup – 2015, 2016, 2017

Twitter: N/A

SAM TOLCHARD

Club: Kings BC, Torquay (Devon)

Date of birth: 27/05/89

How did you get into the sport?: My Grandad played for England and my Dad played for Devon. I remember watching my Dad play from an early age. My sister Sophie also plays for England.

International debut: Junior 2004; Senior 2009

Type of bowl/s used: Henselite Tiger

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Bronze: Pairs 2014, Fours 2018
  • Atlantic Championships
  • Atlantic Championships
    Gold: Team (2009)
    Silver: Singles (2009), Triples (2009)
    Bronze: Triples (2019)
  • British Isles Championships – Pairs 2017
  • Hong Kong Classic Pairs Winner 2010
  • Junior Commonwealth Games – 2004 Singles Silver

National achievements:

  • Singles: 2008
  • Two-Wood Singles: 2016
  • Pairs: 2016
  • Champion of Champions Singles: 2007, 2019
  • Mixed Pairs 2015
  • Mixed Fours: 2008, 2012
  • Family Pairs: 2019
  • Club Two Fours: 2016, 2017
  • Top Club: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Other achievements:

  • Junior Bowler of the Year: 2007, 2008
  • Senior Bowler of the Year: 2008, 2016

Twitter: @samtolchard

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: N/A

JAMIE WALKER

Club: Northampton West End (Northamptonshire)

Birthday: 20/12/1991

How did you get into the sport?: Bowls is a sport that my father’s side of the family had always played. I spent a lot of time at the outdoor club during my younger days so it went from there.

International debut: Junior 2010; Senior 2013

Type of bowl/s used: Taylor Ace/International

International achievements:

  • World Championships
    Gold: Triples (2016)
  • Atlantic Championships
    Gold: Singles (2015 and 2019), Pairs (2019)
    Bronze: Triples (2015)
  • European Championships
    Gold: Team (2014)
  • British Isles Championships
    Junior Singles: 2016

National achievements:

  • Singles: 2017
  • Two-Wood Singles: 2015
  • Champion of Champions: 2015
  • Junior Singles: 2011, 2013, 2016
  • Mixed Pairs: 2014
  • Mixed Fours: 2014, 2016

Other achievements:

  • Junior Bowler of the Year: 2014, 2016
  • Bowler of the Year: 2012, 2015

Twitter: @Jammy_Walker

JAMIE-LEA WINCH

Club: Kingscroft (Leicestershire)

Date of birth: 18/10/1990

How did you get into the sport?: My neighbour introduced me when I was 10, using carpet bowls on the grass verge next to the green.

International debut: Junior 2004; Senior 2009

Type of bowl/s used: Thomas Taylor Ace

International achievements:

  • Commonwealth Games
    Silver: Pairs (2014)
    Bronze: Triples (2010)
  • World Championships
    Silver: Fours (2016)
  • Atlantic Championships
    Gold: Triples (2019), Team (2015)
    Silver: Triples (2015)
    Bronze: Fours (2015)
  • European Championships
    Gold: Pairs (2017), Mixed Fours (2013)
    Silver: Pairs (2013)
  • British Isles Championships
    Junior Singles: 2009

National achievements:

  • National Singles – 2019
  • National Two-Wood Singles – 2017
  • National Junior Singles – 2008, 2012
  • Walker Cup – 2016

Twitter: N/A

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