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Q&A with Allan Thornhill

Join Allan with Mark Cowan for more marking and umpiring chat. Mark is from Australia and has been a multiple World Championship and Commonwealth Games Technical Official and was, until recently, National Training Centre Coach for Victoria and Tasmania

Q&A with Allan Thornhill

Join Allan, this time on Zoom, presenting a Q&A with ITO (International Technical Official) and WBT (World Bowls Tour) colleague Dan Bluett talking all things bowls.

THE EXTRA END – Bowls England Official Podcast | Episode 6 – Amy Gowshall

Amy Gowshall has represented England all over the world, winning medals at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Amy is the next guest on ‘The Extra End’ and discusses her experiences in the sport, whilst combining this with the challenges involved with family life and as a full-time teacher with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

Q&A with Allan Thornhill

Allan held another Q&A session on 6th June. This time technology wasn’t kind and so Allan has recorded the following which covered the main points.

On Saturday 6th June, I did a Live Q&A session. Unfortunately, technology let me down a little and the first part of the stream was not great and had to be aborted.So you don’t miss out on the discussion, I have recorded the first part to cover the main topics areas. Individual questions that were answered from your live comments can be found on the live stream that is posted on my timeline.My apologies for the aborted live stream hopefully this will make up for it.

Posted by Allan Thornhill on Sunday, 7 June 2020

Bowls England – Coaching Q&A

This is Coach Bowls‘ first Q&A session, which features involvement from Bowls England’s High Performance Director John Mc Guinness, four-time Commonwealth Games medalist Ellen Falkner, most-capped international John Rednall and Director of Coaching Mal Evans.

It lasts 70 minutes but it has some interesting points to make from the way you warm up through the technique of delivery to how to change your shot, and many more things.

BOWLS ENGLAND OFFICIAL PODCAST ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 6 – AMY GOWSHALL

Amy Gowshall has represented England all over the world, winning medals at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Amy is the next guest on ‘The Extra End’ and discusses her experiences in the sport, whilst combining this with the challenges involved with family life and as a full-time teacher with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

BOWLS ENGLAND OFFICIAL PODCAST ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 4 – WORKOUT VIDEOS

Bowls England Directors Dr Anna Molony and Mal Evans join Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach Kate Swinson to discuss the workout videos that have been specially created to help bowlers stay fit and well, particularly during the current coronavirus restrictions, with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

40 minutes this one but an interesting listen.

THE EXTRA END – Bowls England Official Podcast | Episode 3 – Kirk Smith

Bowls England’s Men’s Senior International Team Manager Kirk Smith chats to Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor regarding his new role and the highlights of his career, which includes winning the Men’s National Fours title for the second time in 2019 – 20 years after his first triumph.

This is only 15 minutes, so if you haven’t tried one of these yet, why not give it a go?

Bowls England LAUNCHES WORKOUT VIDEOS FOR BOWLERS

I am sure you will have been doing your best to keep as active and as fit as possible during this Covid19 Lock-Down in readiness for when we eventually get back out on the Bowls Green. You may have even been joining hundreds of thousands of others by participating in the Joe Wicks 9.00 am YouTube workouts. Well now you have the chance to do some Bowls Specific Workouts, thanks to Bowls England’s launch of three Workout Videos for Bowlers.

Details from Bowls England along with the required link are provided below

BOWLS ENGLAND LAUNCHES WORKOUT VIDEOS FOR BOWLERS

The workouts have been designed to help bowlers stay fit and well during the current coronavirus restrictions, so we are all ready and able to start playing again when we get back out on the green.

The workouts have been created especially for Bowls England by experienced Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach, Kate Swinson, to motivate and support our bowlers with the fitness and wellness services we need while we are in lock-down and unable to play.

The three workouts vary in intensity and have been specifically designed for bowlers. They range from an introduction level, suitable for all ages and abilities, that focuses on balance, flexibility and core strength, to a more advanced full body workout for the more physically able and a high intensity cardio workout for those who want even more.

Kate Swinson, our Personal Trainer, says: “Exercise and moving our bodies daily can help to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety, and boost feel good endorphins that improve our mood.

“It is also a great way to break up your day and create a routine. I’ve created these workouts specifically for bowlers, to keep you fit and improve the flexibility, balance and strength that you need to play bowls safely, as this can decline rapidly if we don’t remain active. “Staying fit and healthy through regular exercise and movement can still be achieved even if you’re self-isolating. You need very little space and the only equipment you need to do these workouts is a sturdy chair and your bowls.”

Of course, while we’ve designed them specifically for you, anyone can do these workouts – so feel free to share them with all your non-bowling friends and family too!

Workout 1 (Introduction for all ages and abilities)
Focusing on balance, flexibility and core strength. 
Equipment required: Sturdy chair and a set of bowls.

Workout 2 (Advanced full body workout)
Focusing on building strength and balance and targeting core. 
Equipment required: An exercise/yoga/camping mat and a set of bowls.

Workout 3 (Advanced fitness)
Features an advanced high intensity 10 minute cardio workout to increase cardio fitness.

The three workout sessions are available to view on Bowls England’s YouTube Channel at: 

Disclaimer: For those of you who are going to join in with the Bowls England workout sessions, please ensure you have created some space around you, have some water at the ready! By taking part in the workout sessions, you are taking responsibility for your own safety in your own space and you hereby confirm that you are physically fit and do not know of any reason why you should not be exercising or taking part in the sessions.

(Ken Tudor)

THE EXTRA END – Bowls England Official Podcast | Episode 2 – John McGuinness

Bowls England’s High Performance Director, John McGuiness, chats to Bowls International editor and England International Sian Honnor about his life within the sport and his thoughts on his role.

Although he does talk about our high level, national players, the basic underlying philosophy still translates to the way that we should approach the game.

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