In all sports there are players that excel at what they do and are not only gifted but have that special something that make them winners. I am lucky to have lived through an era where I have watched the likes of Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry (snooker), Tiger Woods (golf), Phil Taylor (darts), Roger Federer (tennis) and Michael Schumacher (F1) to name a select few. All are prolific winners in their sport and will have provided many a young competitor something to aspire too over the years. Personally I have great admiration for not only their will to win but also the sheer determination to keep coming back for more.
The importance of having a target to aim for and also learning from players who have played at the highest level is crucial to the development of your own game but so much can also be taken from those players who may not be world beaters but give you the basics of how you will start to model your future.
There are 6 people who I believe have shaped my own career in bowls and each and every one of them still to this day play a part in every game I play.