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In the spotlight: Greg Davis, Senior Vice President of Sun Bowls

Categories: Bowls

Hello and a warm welcome back to our “In the Spotlight” series. This month, we’ve got Greg Davis from Sun Bowls Club in the hot seat. 

Let’s get cracking, Greg! 

What’s your position at Sun Bowls?

I’ve been the Senior Vice President of Sun Bowls Club for one year, and also the President of Bowls Jersey for the last seven.

When did you first become a member?

Back in 2000!

What’s your favourite thing about being a part of the bowls community?

You get such a diverse range of people, all wanting to achieve different things. Some are social bowlers while some are competitive. The fact that bowls can deliver on so many levels – club, locally, nationally and internationally – and can be played by anyone of any age and ability is amazing. Isn’t it great to have something that can bring so many people together?

Can you share any notable moments in your bowls career?

A few: Atlantic Championships Fours Gold 2015, British Isles 4s Winners 2016, and Atlantic Championships Fours Silver 2019.

What got you interested in bowls in the first place?

Spending Sundays with the Grandparents! They took up bowls, dragged me along, and when I was too short for the table football I had to give bowls a go! I found it quite enjoyable, and I was above average! I got my first Club cap and Island cap relatively quickly, which kept me motivated. The rest, as they say, is history.

Tell us a bit about your background

I started life as a Bursary Student at Touchstone Wealth Management, who supported me as I attended the University of Southampton to get my degree – although I failed the second year for spending too much time at the bowls club! After university, I spent the next ten years of my life with them, rising to Head of Consultancy. After a private equity takeover, I decided it wasn’t for me. I happily joined one of my clients as a Technology Services Manager, and I’ve been there for the last two years!

If you could have dinner with anyone (living or dead), who would it be? What are you cooking?

Me, cooking?! Well anyone who is living might wish they weren’t after that! That’s a tough one, because there are far too many options! But my top three would have to be Barack Obama (it would be fun to try and get some secrets out of him), someone entertaining like Michael McIntyre to make sure there’s never a quiet moment and, of course, Sir David Attenborough – that man can do no wrong! I guess a musician for after dinner entertainment might be handy, as well as someone from the sport and business worlds to cover all bases. Sadly I can’t narrow it down more than that!

Do you have any other hobbies aside from bowls?

I wish I had the time outside of bowls! I am currently winless in a new darts league that we formed to attract more people to the bowls club! I am also a very unsuccessful pier fisherman in the summer months.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’ve never really considered moving away from Jersey. It’s perhaps too small but it’s very safe and comfortable. Australia would probably be my next big place to go and live – again, for its diversity of activities, people, and the more culture they seem to have down there!

Name one item that you couldn’t live without

My iPhone. I know everyone will moan and groan that it’s the killer of conversations, but my life is on my phone and without it I would be lost! Also, Bowlr on the move wouldn’t be the same!

Do you have any pets?

I have two kittens whose favourite hobby is tearing up the carpets when I’m not there. I’ll have the last laugh though when they get the snip!

Do you have any hidden talents?

I guess I could say karaoke on a Friday night, but that’s unfortunately not hidden and undeniably isn’t a talent. The more I answer these questions the less interesting I realise I am!

If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money?

That’s easy! I’d buy property for the family as Jersey house prices are ludicrous.

What’s your favourite time of year and why?

Summer – Jersey is lovely when the sun is out, but can be a bit limited in the winter. Perhaps elsewhere it would be different. Plus, I am a massive fan of outdoor bowls and while I do play indoor bowls, I’d rather be in the fresh air.

What’s your favourite way to spend a sunny afternoon?

Probably a round of golf to clear the head, or if the tide is right, a paddle board around some of Jersey’s beautiful coastline.

You’re going to a picnic – what’s the one thing you absolutely have to bring?

A lovely French baguette. I’ll just have to hope someone else brings some decent cheese, ham and pickled onions!

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