The World Champion of Champions will take place this time next year, where Jamie-Lea Winch and Edward Morris will be going for gold on the greens of Naenae BC in New Zealand.
We have caught up with the three bowlers who have won the World Champion of Champions title and over the next few days will be sharing their stories. First up is Yorkshire’s Mark Walton who became the first English success in 2005.
“𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐙𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞. 𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭. 𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐧, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐈 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐠𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞. 𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬.
𝐀𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐚 𝐛𝐢𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩 𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥, 𝐈 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐦𝐲𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟, 𝐦𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐝. 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚 𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐬𝐨 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐈 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬.
𝐓𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐭 𝐮𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬.
𝐈 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐢𝐦 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡, 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮. 𝐈𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬.”
Over the following days, we will hear from Julie Leake (nee Saunders) and Tom Bishop who speak about their successes in 2006 and 2013 respectively.
Entry into the National Championship events can be made by contacting your County Administrator.
Bowls England’s National Competitions are open to players of all abilities – with a range of events designed to meet your individual requirements.
We particularly welcome entries from those who may not have entered one of our competitions before, as this is a great opportunity to improve your game, take on one of our elite athletes and perhaps win a place in the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa.
Click here to find out more about entering the National Competitions for 2021