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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.

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The Australian Experience

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In 2018 the Commonwealth games were to be held at Broadbeach Bowling Club, Brisbane, Australia and England took the opportunity to send 7 men and 7 women across to the venue in 2017 to play in a series of matches against primarily the Australian team but also state and club teams. 

This would give the English selectors an opportunity to see how the players coped not only on the Australian playing surface but also in the climate in what was a jam packed program over a 12 day period from 21st April to 5th May against strong opposition.

I had the privilege to represent England down under on the tour and wanted to share with you some of the experiences I had whilst there.

I also received questions from friends and players on my return wanting to know what it was like and my answer to most at the time was "a different world". Hopefully I can do justice in this blog as to what I mean and have also included a section on the Test Series against the Australian International team.

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Perception of Bowls

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Having been involved in the sport for 31 years now I achieved what I believe is the pinnacle of my ambitions last year at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. To receive that piece of paper advising I had made the team was potentially the best letter I will ever open and to bring a medal home topped it off.

One of the highlights of the trip was going to the opening ceremony and walking out with Team England in front of thousands of spectators and being waved at from the seats by Prince Charles and Camilla. It was also quite surreal stepping into a lift in the Athletes Village with the likes of Dina Asher Smith, the Brownlee Brothers and Tom Daley to name a few and also reaffirmed my belief that our sport stands tall with any in the world so it is a huge frustration that it is burdened with such a poor stigma from those outside of bowls.

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British Isles Women's Junior Championships and International Series 2017 at City of Derry Bowling Club in Lisnagelvin

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The British Isles Women's Junior Championships and International Series are being held at City of Derry Bowling Club in Lisnagelvin from 22 - 23 July 2017 with England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales competing for the annual titles.

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England win 2017 British Isles International Series at Belmont Bowling Club in Belfast

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England are the 2017 British Isles International Series Champions after defeating Scotland by 6 shots in their final game on Sunday morning.

Ireland finished as runners-up with Wales in third place and Scotland at the bottom of the table without a win.

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