Wayne in the Press!

The following article written by Dave Eaton appeared in the Wiltshire Times on Friday November 7th.

Thank you to Dave for his extensive coverage which helps to raise the profile of Bowls in Wiltshire.

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WAYNE Simmonds has celebrated
a stellar year in which
he rewrote the Wiltshire
men’s bowls record books.
The 29 year old, the Holt
club secretary, became the
first player in county history
to win all four men’s major
championship titles – singles,
pairs, triples and fours
– since they began when the
Wiltshire Men’s Association
was formed in 1914.
Simmonds achieved his
feat at the championships at
Devizes last month and celebrated
at Wiltshire Men’s
centenary dinner and presentation
evening at the
Assembly Hall, Melksham.

BW Secretary & Treasurer Competition  Winners- Holt

BW Secretary & Treasurer Competition Winners- Holt

The Trowbridge-born
bowler combined with Justin
Davis, Wayne Snook and Ben
Gadd to take the fours, won
the triples with Snook and
Gadd and also joined up with
club colleague Gary Potton
to successfully defend the
secretary’s and treasurer’s
event.

 
His winning streak continued
on the second day as he
beat holder Mel Biggs
(Westlecot) 21-10 to win the
singles, then teamed up with
Snook to win the pairs.
“It was very pleasing to
win all those titles and to
make Wiltshire history,” said
Simmonds.

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County Triples Winners Ben Gadd, Wayne Snook & Wayne Simmonds

“But it would not have
been possible without Wayne
(Snook) and Ben (Gadd) who
have also had successful seasons
and they have played a
big part in my achievements
this season outdoors.”
The former Walwayne
Court Primary School, and
John of Gaunt School pupil
in Trowbridge, who also
studied at Trowbridge
College, Simmonds currently
works for the NHS,
primarily based in Bath.
“I played my first bowls
match in 2001 for Trowbridge
Town BC against Blue Circle
in a mixed friendly and
played there until joining
Holt in 2008,’’ said Simmonds.
“I think bowls was in my
blood, as my mum (Sue)
started playing when she was
in her teens at Malmesbury,
where she went on to play
Johns Trophy for Wiltshire
and won the ladies unbadged
singles in 1983.
“My dad, Mike, also played
bowls from a young age and
my nan, auntie and uncle,
have also played at some point
Simmonds’ grandad, Cecil
Exton, was a respected
bowler in Wiltshire for many
years and is a life member at
Malmesbury BC.”
He added: “The year I was
born, my granddad, dad and
uncle played together in the
national fours, qualifying for
Worthing and reaching the
third round. You could say I
was born into a bowls family.
“I have always had lots of
support and advice from
them over the years.’’
Simmonds also won the
Bath open tournament pairs
with his dad in 2006 and in
his last year at Trowbridge
Town in 2007 won the county
U25 singles.
He won that title again the
following year at Holt, the
triples championship in 2010
and was runner-up in both
2008 and 2011 finals.

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Middleton Cup Quarter Final – Leamington 2014

He has made 34 Middleton
Cup appearances for
Wiltshire and has competed
in the national championships,
representing
Trowbridge once and Holt six
times at Worthing and six
times at Leamington this year.
He also met his girlfriend
Sarah Gould, a science
teacher at St Laurence
School in Bradford on Avon,
through bowls. with her father
Norman, playing at
Amesbury BC. The couple
now live in Warminster.
Simmonds added:

“I don’t think I would have achieved
what I did this year and
played as well as I have if it
wasn’t for Sarah’s support
and encouragement through
the season.”

BWM Singles Winner - Wayne Simmonds

BWM Singles Winner – Wayne Simmonds

He was presented with his
trophies at the presentation
evening, which was Dave
Richards’ (Trowbridge
Westbourne) last function as
the county president before
handing over the men’s county
chain of office to
Supermarine’s Richard
Gardiner,thepresident for 2015.