Blake Signal


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Australian based Blake originally comes from Stokes Valley, Wellington.

With a slow-burning 19 year career behind him, Blake first hit national headlines following his gold medal win in the World Championship fours team right on the back of a World Championship Triples bronze medal both in 2016. His success continued into 2017 winning bronze in the Triples at the 2017 Eight Nations at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

Away from Bowls, Blake's life revolves around his family including two daughters Lily and Bella

At what age did you start playing Bowls? 17

Why did you take an interest in Bowls? Had played indoor bowls since the age of 5 and Dad got me into the outdoor game as soon as I was allowed to join.

Most memorable match? I have 2.

2012 National Pairs Quarter Final. An epic game against Gary Lawson and Chris Lelieve where the final end the shot changed 8 times.

First game for New Zealand in 2007 for development team against Canada at Bowls Papanui in Christchurch. Very Proud day for me. 

Greatest influence in the game? My father Brian. Learnt the basics of the game from him and share his passion for this amazing game. His support is amazing and there is nothing better in the world than sitting down with him and having a discussion about bowls.

Toughest opponent? There are so many of them to be fair. Probably everyone. Its the beauty of bowls, anyone on there day can give you a run for your money.

Aspiration in Bowls? To be the best I can be.

Advice for new players? Enjoy the game. Bowls will give you so much, the more you play and enjoy it, the more it will give you. Practice right.

PLAYING ACHIEVEMENTS:

National:

  • 2009 National Intercentre and National Div 2 Interclub
  • 2010 NZ National Fours Gold
  • 2012 NZ National Fours Gold
  • 2012 NZ National Pairs Gold

International:

  • 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • 2015 Hong Kong International Singles Bronze
  • 2016 Six Nations Triples Silver
  • 2016 Six Nations Fours Gold
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Date of Birth: 17 January 1982

Current Club: Stokes Valley, Wellington and Nelson Bay, NSW

Cap #: 109

Capped Event: England Test Series at Glasgow 2014

Bowls Used: Henselite Fusions Size 4

World Bowls 2016 Disciplines: Triples and Fours