Greg Davis, a business consultant at Touchstone and the first ever winner of our bursary programme seven years ago, has recently returned from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Jersey local has been working for Touchstone for the last four years since graduating from Southampton University, as well as captaining the Sun Bowls Club and representing the island in lawn bowls competitions nationally and internationally.
Bowls is a sport which involves rolling biased balls so that they stop as close as possible to a smaller ball or ‘jack’. Greg was first introduced to the game by his grandparents at the age of 11 and has been playing ever since. The trick to bowls is excellent hand eye co-ordination and plenty of practice, which is why the Jersey team attended a training camp in Glasgow before the Commonwealth Games to get fully prepared and even managed a defeat over England while they were at it.
Greg moved in to the Commonwealth Athletes’ Village in July and took on countries from across the globe in games of both triples and fours bowls. He and his team played on live television for the first time during the group stages of fours, facing Ireland, England, Zambia and the Cook Islands and although they didn’t make it out of their group they did fare incredibly well in the triples matches, even facing world number ones Australia in the quarter finals and losing by only three points. Since then Greg has also seen victory playing fours at the National Championships in August, and next up for him will be the qualifiers for the World Bowls Atlantic Championships, held in Cyprus.
His favourite thing about bowls, aside from playing it in the Jersey sunshine of course, is the social aspect of it and being able to make friends all over the world and see them regularly through playing competitively and going for the odd post match drink too!
Pictured (L to R): bowls team mate Jamie Macdonald, England triathlon gold medallist Alistair Brownlee, Malcolm De Sousa, Greg Davis and Tommy Greechan at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Hampden Park.