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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
Type of bowl/s used: Henselite Tiger
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
Club: Northampton West End (Northamptonshire)
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
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.
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.
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).