Meet the players: An interview with Jordan Philpott
Jordan Philpott first started playing bowls when he was 12 years old. He was inspired to start playing competitively by his older brother, who at the time was playing at a national level himself.
Jordan will be competing at the Just World Indoor Bowls Championships 2019 for the first time later this month. Read our exclusive interview to discover why he loves playing bowls and how he’s preparing for the Championships.
1. How did you first get into playing bowls and how long have you been playing for?
I have been playing bowls for about eight years now. I first started when I was 12 or 13 years old. It’s been in my family for years so I thought I may as well give it a go myself. It turns out it was quite a good decision, as I love playing the sport.
2. How does it feel to be at the level you are, and how hard have you had to work to reach that level?
When I first started I remember looking up to my older brother who was playing county and national level games at the time, hoping one day to be able to follow in his footsteps. To be able to come away and say I have represented my country is a great honour for me. There is no better feeling than putting on that England shirt and stepping out onto the green and giving it your all. It just makes all the travelling and the time you put in worth it.
3. Many say that bowls is a sport for all. Would you encourage people to have a go at playing bowls?
I know a lot of people say it’s just for older people, but it’s not. Once people get into the game it can be really competitive and it makes the game so much more exciting. I would encourage everyone who wants to try it to give it a go. It can be a great laugh and also has a great social side.
4. Do you prefer playing indoor or lawn bowls?
I’ve been asked this question loads of times. But for me it will always be indoor. I think indoor relies more on skill so the better players come out on top more often, whereas with outdoors ‘luck’ comes into play a lot of the time. Plus it’s warmer indoors.
5. How many bowls do you have and what brand are they?
I do have a few sets of bowls for different types of greens. But all my sets are made by Henselite. Been playing with Henselite for about five years now. Just love the types of bowls they have and they feel great in my hand.
6. Are you excited to be competing in the Just 2019 World Indoor Bowls Championships?
It is my first time competing in the World Championships. I cannot wait. All my life I have wanted to play on that portable rink and in front of TV cameras, and now I will get my chance. The facilities are amazing too which always helps by settling players down before a game.
7. Are there any other competitors you’re excited to see play? Or any matches you’re particularly excited about?
The world championships produce some amazing matches and I’m excited to see all the games played by top players.
8. How have you been preparing for the competition?
Just by playing in all my county and national competitions. I squeeze a lot of games in each week. This should give me all the practice I need ready for the championship, and we shall see what happens when I step onto the rink.
9. Do you have any predictions for the Championships that you’d like to share?
It’s really hard to predict matches at the championships because everyone has the right to be there and they are all fantastic players. It will be a great few weeks of bowls I’m sure.
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