Crown­ing Greg as cham­pion would be a home suc­cess story for Pot­ters

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Greg Har­low, from Ely, is the cur­rent in­door bowls world num­ber one. He reached the fi­nal in 2017, nar­rowly miss­ing out to Scot­land’s Paul Fos­ter. He won the ti­tle in 2010 and the pairs in 2014. He is the only player to have won three con­sec­u­tive In­ter­na­tional Open Ti­tles.

As Pot­ters Re­sort pre­pares to host the World Cham­pi­onships, Greg, the world num­ber one and bowls am­bas­sador for Pot­ters Re­sort, was feel­ing pos­i­tive.

“The Cham­pi­onships are the high­light of the bowls cal­en­dar. It’s the 21st year that Pot­ters has held the Cham­pi­onships and the Pot­ter fam­ily has in­vested more in the sport than any­one else, and that shows in the bowls fa­cil­i­ties on of­fer,” he says.

“The at­mos­phere of play­ing in front of big au­di­ences and hav­ing mil­lions of peo­ple watch­ing us on the BBC dur­ing the fi­nal week is unique and it’s the big­gest au­di­ence of any bowls event.

“How­ever, I tend to be fo­cus­ing so much on my game that I don’t re­ally no­tice the cam­eras!

“Be­ing at the Cham­pi­onships sit­ting in the Arena, is noth­ing like watch­ing it on TV. It is so ex­cit­ing and un­pre­dictable, and you will see the best in the world play at their sport.”

Greg’s bowls ca­reer started aged 11, when his par­ents got him in­volved in the sport.

“Both my par­ents played bowls and I be­came in­ter­ested in it at about six years old. I al­ways loved sport, but I was bet­ter at bowls than any­thing else, and it’s just a fun sport that any­one can do. If I didn’t get plea­sure from play­ing bowls still I would pack it up. I love it and help coach bowls play­ers at Pot­ters through­out the year. We have four-night mid­week bowls breaks fea­tur­ing free tour­na­ments, and about 500 bowlers take part. They are quite com­pet­i­tive, but it’s friendly too.

“It’s fan­tas­tic see­ing peo­ple hav­ing a go and en­joy­ing them­selves. We also host bowls cruises dur­ing the year. Pot­ters is the home of bowls and I also run Pot­ters Bowls Shop, on­line and on Re­sort, and we sell an ar­ray of bowls, equip­ment and clothes from all the lead­ing brands.”

Vic­tory for Greg would be a truly ‘home’ win for Pot­ters.

Pot­ters Re­sort bowls pro and world in­door bowls num­ber one, Greg Har­low.

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