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Lawn Bowls

Lawn bowls is an iconic Commonwealth sport which was once again part of the programme at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. 

Team England won a total of three bronze medals in Australia.

Team England have a strong lawn bowls pedigree with Ellen Faulkner and para-lawn bowler Paul Brown both winning medals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Ellen Falkner is one of England's most successful lawn bowlers, having competed at five Games and won five medals. 

Also including para-lawn bowls, the spectators will witness bowlers maintaining composure under immense pressure as they battle to get closest to the jack. Demanding strategy and cunning moves, this event at the Commonwealth Games is one of the most uniquely nerve-wrecking sports. 

Team England are currently second on the all-time medal table for lawn bowls, behind fellow Home Nation, Scotland. 

Ellen Falkner, Sian Honor, and Katherine Rednall against Canada, a tactical approach in order to block Canada's entry. England defend their title as the women's triples champions, a bronze medal four years ago, unfortunately no gold this year but a medal nonetheless, and they belong as one of the great combinations in triples play, leading with 7 points, fighting for Team and Country.

You might need to know...

A small ball called a ‘jack’ is rolled onto a bowling green and the aim of the game is for a player to roll their ball, called a ‘wood’ as close to the jack as possible
The closest bowls to the jack score a point, if a player has the two closest efforts then they score two until an opposition bowl is next to score
In singles, the winner is the first player to score 21 points, in pairs (two players on each team) and triples (three a side) the winner is the team with the most points after 18 ends and in fours, a winner is declared after 15 ends
At the Commonwealth Games, the competition is played in pools with the winners of each pool progressing to the knock out rounds to determine the medal winners

Lawn bowls is one of ten core sports at the Commonwealth Games and has been continuously held at every Games since the 1930 British Empire Games, with the exception of the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. 

Returning home from the Gold Coast 2018 Games with three bronze medals, the Team England lawn bowls squad will compete on home ground and hope to come back fighting in 2022. 

Team England previous lawn bowls medals

Jamie
Chestney
Lawn Bowls
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Paul
Brown
Lawn Bowls
Jamie
Chestney
Lawn Bowls
David
Bolt
Lawn Bowls
Robert
Paxton
Lawn Bowls
Sian
Honnor
Lawn Bowls
20
Gold
9
Silver
22
Bronze
51
Total

Lawn bowls will be held at Royal Leamington Spa at Birmingham 2022. 

Team Leader

Allistair Hollis

Allistair Hollis

Alistair began his career as a journalist before moving into public sector communications and then into his current role with Bowls England. He represented England in lawn bowls at international level, and continues to participate at a high level for his county, Leicestershire.

Alistair currently leads work at Bowls England on communications, competitions and club support, providing logistical support to the teams during international events. He has led Bowls England’s response to Covid-19 and the challenges that it has presented.

Alistair said:

"The Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle of the sport in Lawn Bowls and Birmingham 2022 will provide a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to showcase our sport. Having worked extensively at bowls-specific events for several years, this will be my first experience at a Commonwealth Games."
Allistair Hollis
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