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

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: 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

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

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

SOPHIE 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

JOHN Mc GUINNESS

Club: Gerrards Cross (Buckinghamshire)

I have a vast amount of experience on the international scene, having been a member of the England international squad as a player over the past 20 years, including playing Captain from 2016-2019.

With multiple national titles in England, including the National Fours title in 2019, an event he first won in 1999, I have represented England both indoors and outdoors all over the world since making my debut in 2000.

I have been a member of every England High Performance Squad since Melbourne in 2006, which included winning a silver medal in the Men’s Fours at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Born in Northern Ireland, I was also capped for the Irish Senior International team aged 18 and won the Irish National U25 Singles event on two occasions.

I am a Coach Bowls Level 2 coach with a degree in Sports Science and a Diploma in Marketing and have been involved professionally in the sports and leisure industry for over 35 years.

Twitter: @JCPMcG

MO MONKTON

Club: Ilminster (Somerset)

I started bowling in 1990. Both of my parents were county players and I had played many sports previously such as basketball, tennis, football and hockey.

I won the National Pairs in 1998 and was a finalist in the National Triples the same year. I was a Senior International from 2003 until 2008, winning the European Championship Team Gold in 2007 and Silver two years later.

I was a Regional Selector from 2012 until 2018, before being appointed as Team Manager for the Women’s Senior International team in 2019.

I have managed the Team England para-squad at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, and have been the Disability Bowls England Performance Director and Team Manager since 2015.

I previously coached and managed the Somerset U25 team for 12 years and was the EIBA Women’s U25’s Team Manager for 2008-2015.

I am a qualified Level Two Coach Bowls coach and in 2018 I was awarded its Female Coach of the Year and Inclusive Coach of the Year. I was also awarded Bowls England’s Certificate of Merit in the same year.

Twitter: @MonktonMo

KIRK SMITH

Club: Gerrards Cross (Buckinghamshire)

I started bowling at 10 years old, following in the footsteps of both parents, and made my Middleton Cup debut at the age of 16. I was a part of the inaugural Junior International team in 1990 and was a member of the Senior international team for six years from 2000 until 2005.

I reached the final of the National Singles in 1990 and have won the National Fours on two occasions (1999 and 2019). I have represented England at the European Championships, winning the Team gold in 2003 and silver in 2005.

I became an international selector in 2019 and was made the Men’s Senior International team manager the following year.

My interests outside of bowls include spending time with my family, triathlon, open water swimming and karate (currently brown belt).

Twitter: @kirk_142

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