Devon provides half of the Games England lawn bowls team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia next April

PUBLISHED: 08:54 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:54 16 November 2017


Devon-based bowlers make up half the lawn bowls team announced by Games England for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia next April.

Jamie Chestney, Robert Paxton, Louis Ridout, Sam Tolchard and Natalie Chestney are the five Devon bowlers in the squad, and a sixth, Alison Yearling, has been selected for the Para-lawn bowls team.

Natalie Chestney will be looking to medal again following her Singles gold medal in Delhi in 2010 and two silvers in Glasgow three years ago.

Jamie Chestney and Sam Tolchard have both been given the opportunity to medal again, similar to three years ago in Glasgow where Chestney picked up a silver medal in the Men’s Fours and Tolchard won bronze in the Men’s Pairs.

They will be joined by David Bolt, Robert Paxton and Louis Ridout who will all be making their Commonwealth Games debuts. However, Paxton is no stranger to success overseas having skipped England to the gold medal in the World Triples Championship last November in New Zealand.

Northamptonshire’s Kieran Rollings is the youngest member of the lawn bowls team making their way ‘down under’ – he will be just 18 years old when he teams up with Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist Paul Brown and Mike Robertson, who won the Bowls England National Triples this year, in the Para-Triples event.

Team England will send a team of around 600 athletes and staff in what will be England’s largest-ever team to represent the nation in an overseas sporting event. The team will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events.

As part of its plans to send the best prepared team to the Gold Coast, Commonwealth Games England will hold a 10-day preparation camp in Brisbane, create a dedicated performance centre inside the Commonwealth Games Village, and offer a full programme of support services.

Team England’s preparation camp for the Gold Coast will include a number of specially selected high-performance sports and support facilities that will enable athletes to continue training and complete their final preparations prior to entering the Commonwealth Games Village.

The dedicated performance centre will be at the heart of Team England’s headquarters inside the Commonwealth Games Village. It will provide an enhanced environment in the village for athletes, coaches and support staff, where the team will have access to dedicated doctors, physios and a full range of clinical, rehabilitation, preparation services, kit, equipment, stretching and R&R areas.

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