SIAN HONNOR, 30 FROM KENT
Sport has been part of my life from a very young age. I played tennis, netball, rounders and golf at school and my sister and I did disco dancing a couple of times a week. Some of my closest friendships to this day have been derived from sport but whereas I have continued bowling many of my friends have dropped out of playing any kind of sport since leaving school.
My grandfather started bowling while he was working and my nan followed once she had retired. I can remember being at the bowls club as a child and being desperate to have a go. We had a set of carpet bowls which we would play with for hours in the garden, rain or shine, setting up tournaments and playing for money. As soon as I was big enough to have a bowl in my hand I started playing, although we had to lie about my age. Luckily, I have always been tall so we got away with it!
Bowls for me, is much more than a sport that I play. It is my escape, my outlet, my hobby and my passion. I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world doing something that I love and have met some incredible people along the way, many of whom I consider to be dear friends.
I think bowls can offer fun, friendship and competition. From the moment you step foot on the bowls green you can be anything that you want to be. The pile of washing and ironing that's waiting for you when you get home, the meals you need to plan for your family that week, the meeting that you will need to prep for on the train in the morning- none of it matters - it is just you, the bowls and the green.