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Graham Shadwell provisionally selected for 2016 World Championships in New Zealand

This is an extract from the BE Website…. Congratulations to Graham!!

Bowls England has named 14 players on the provisional shortlist from which to select the team for the 2016 World Championships in New Zealand.

The squad includes all those players that successfully participated in the Atlantic Games in Cyrpus late last year, which acted as a pre-qualifying event for the World Championships.

The men’s shortlist therefore sees Cyprus representatives Andrew Knapper (Berkshire), Robert Newman (Berkshire), Graham Shadwell (Wiltshire), Louis Ridout (Devon), Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire) joined in the provisional squad by Devon duo Robert Paxton and Sam Tolchard.

The women’s shortlist features the five Atlantic Games Gold Medal winners Ellen Falkner (Cambridgeshire), Wendy King (Kent), Sophie Tolchard (Devon), Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire) and Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire) with Katherine Rednall (Suffolk) and Amy Stanton (Worcestershire) added to the shortlist.

Read more on the BE Website

Atlantic Games team selection – congratulations to Graham

We extend our congratulations to Graham Shadwell for his selection for the BE team – see extract from BE Website below….

Bowls England is delighted to announce its line-up for the Atlantic Games in Cyprus from Monday 30th November to Sunday 13th December 2015.


Singles: Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Pairs: Louis Ridout (Devon) & Graham Shadwell (Wiltshire)
Triples: Andrew Knapper (Berkshire), Walker & Robert Newman (Berkshire)
Fours: Ridout, Knapper, Shadwell & Newman

Reserves (Non-travelling): John McGuinness (Buckinghamshire) & Robert Paxton (Devon)


Singles: Sophie Tolchard (Devon)
Pairs: Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire) & Wendy King (Kent)
Triples: Jamie-Lea Winch (Warwickshire), Tolchard & Ellen Falkner (Cambridgeshire)
Fours: Wigfield, Winch, Falkner & King

Reserves (Non-travelling): Stef Branfield (Somerset) & Amy Stanton (Worcestershire)


Bowls England has named a 12-strong squad to participate in its first Under 18 Test Series against Wales at Wootton Bassett BC, Wiltshire, on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2015.


The match has been organised as part of Bowls England’s continuing commitment to increase opportunities for younger players to participate in the sport. Players will take part in a number of disciplines and various formats over the course of the two days.


It will build on the success of the Sutton Winson Trophy, which gave an opportunity for 128 juniors to compete during the National Championships in Royal Leamington Spa last weekend, and additional activities to support youth development are to be announced.


Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “Young bowlers are the future of our sport, and we are therefore delighted that we have been able to organise this Test Series, which is a first for outdoor bowls in this country. I would like to congratulate all of those players selected and I am sure they will prove to be tremendous ambassadors for the sport.”

The selected squad (listed alphabetically) is:


Leah Bamford (Kent)

Chloe Brett (Huntingdonshire)

James Fuge (Essex)

Anna Hall (Kent)

Liam Harris (Suffolk)

Tom Holmes (Herefordshire)

Harry Goodwin (Devon)

Imogen Jenner (Kent)

Louis McCubbin (Hampshire)

Rebecca Moorbey (Cambridgeshire)

Katy Smith (Wiltshire)

John Yates (Lancashire)


Players were selected using various criteria including the Commonwealth Youth Games selection process and performances at county and national level during 2015, including the Sutton Winson Trophy.


Hedley Bowen and Gail Gilkes, Bowls England Junior International Team Managers, will lead the squad during the event