Part of a Devonian sporting dynasty, Sophie Tolchard is not the only member of her family competing at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.
Tolchard’s brother, Sam, is also heading to Birmingham as the siblings appear at their third Games together, with Sophie looking to rekindle the spirit of 2014 and earn her second Commonwealth gold.
Tolchard was alongside Ellen Falkner and Sian Honnor when soaring to women’s triples glory in Glasgow and the versatile bowler also claimed a World Outdoor Championship pairs bronze in 2016.
The Torquay-born Tolchard has followed in the footsteps of both grandparents by representing England at bowls, while her late father Ray represented Devon in the sport during a varied career which included competing at Wimbledon as a junior tennis player and umpiring in 40 first-class cricket matches.
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2 October 1991
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