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Sophie Tolchard

Lawn Bowls

Date of Birth

2 October 1991



Place of Birth


Commonwealth Appearances

The 2022 Commonwealth Games was another successful summer for the Tolchard family, led on by Sophie's lawn bowls pairs silver alongside Amy Pharoah.

Part of a Devonian sporting dynasty, Tolchard was not the only member of her family competing at Leamington Spa.

Tolchard’s brother, Sam, also heading to Birmingham as the siblings appeared at their third Games together.

She was narrowly unable to repeat her gold medal success from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, losing 19-18 in the final to Australia.

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.

Lawn Bowls
It was a hugely successful campaign at Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park and some thrilling games saw Team England leave the plush lawn with six medals including two gold, two silver and two bronze.

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