Greg’s top bowls moments of all time
We asked our very own Bowls Ambassador, Greg Harlow, to tell us about his most memorable bowls career highlights…
1.“A pivotal year was in 1992 when I won my first national junior (under 25) England singles title and with my sister, Joanne, the national mixed pairs. It really was my breakthrough year and I was the first home grown player to win the Ely masters, and also playing in the tournament were players like David Bryant and Andy Thomson.
2.“I was first selected to represent England in 1993 and got my first England cap in Swansea. I played my first international with someone else’s bowls too, and had never played on the green before. I played number three to Andy Thomson."
3.“A breakthrough year was in 1996 when I won a qualifier for the World Championships in Stevenage and went on to reach the quarter-finals. After that I reached the top 16 and was invited to all the major Championships.”
4.“Winning the England Singles title for the first time in 2002 in Melton Mowbray, because it gave me confidence in my game.”
5.“Winning three consecutive International Open Titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006 is a pretty special achievement.”
6.“Taking home the World Indoor Singles crown at Potters in 2010 at the World Indoor Bowls Championships is my career highlight, because it really is the biggest and best bowls competition in the world. It is the ultimate achievement for any bowls player and is what you dream of when you start playing professionally.”
7.“Winning the World Indoor Open Pairs title with Nick Brett in 2014. Nick is a good friend and we’ve played together a long time now. The atmosphere of playing in front of big audiences and having millions of people watching on BBC TV during the final week is so unique and it’s the biggest audience of any bowls event.”
8.“Maybe the best is yet to come! Certainly winning the World Indoor Bowls Championships again would be a dream come true. I will give it my best shot anyway!”