“From a young age, I always wanted to win”: An impressive rise capped off with a World Crown for Champion Ed, but that’s not all!

In a game that is arguably not as well-publicised as the more mainstream activities, the remarkable achievement of one man has perhaps forced the sports aficionados who would otherwise look away, take notice.

One of Cambridgeshire’s upcoming sporting talents is quickly making a habit of succeeding on the big stage, having captured three Bowls titles in 2017 within his Under 25 category. But his most recognisable and potentially most impressive victory was winning the World Indoor Bowls Council Under 25 Singles competition.

“Something to look back on in years to come”, Ed Elmore is overwhelmed by his accomplishment, particularly due to the fact of winning one of the biggest tournaments, in terms of stature, that he has ever competed in to date.

Major competitions usually require lengthy preparation in whichever sport, in order to be successful; working on the finer areas of your game or learning new ways to improve your overall skill-set could be aspects to consider. To some, Ed’s success may not have been unexpected at all and merely just a step in the right direction towards building an even greater reputation.

At just 22, Ed has already competed in and amongst the senior ranks, and the emotion of realising what he had done was of the surprising kind.

“To be the English Under 25 champion was a great feeling, but to be WIBC champion feels great. I went there to enjoy the experience and hopefully win a few games, but I didn’t expect to come back as champion.

“People don’t believe how hard the competition is for the Under 25s in Bowls. They think there’s not many Under 25s (who) play, but there’s loads and the competition is so hard.

“I looked at my group before I went; I didn’t know some of the lads, but I knew a couple and I knew how good they were, so I wasn’t expecting big things.

“This success is definitely up there with one of my greatest, if not the greatest.”

It was from the age of eight when Ed found an interest for Bowls, joining his village club, Doddington Short Mat Bowls Club, before switching to City of Ely Bowls Club four years later.

But if it wasn’t for one slightly unfortunate accident, progression as a Bowls player both at club and national level could have been more difficult to achieve.

“My brother dislocated his knee playing cricket so he took up Bowls and I followed him really.

“We went and started playing Indoor Bowls at Ely when I was about 12 and loved every minute of it. All the family play, which is great.

“I’m lucky to play for one of the more successful clubs in England in Ely. We go quite far in team events, so I used to get noticed by England selectors at various games. I was given trials and luckily played well at them and forced my way into the team.”

Being noticed by your country can act as a motivator, but having that instinct to be the best is something that has helped Ed on his rise to glory.

Not only that, but the will to continue developing is another trait that he hopes can come in handy, as he looks to avoid complacency after experiencing early fortune in his career.

“I was quite excited and, at the same time, a little nervous (when representing England for the first time), but I think nothing of it now. I just play like it’s a normal game.

“Every tournament I went to from a young age, I always wanted to win. If I didn’t win, I used to practice more to make sure I was better for the next tournament.

“(There is) definitely room for improvement. I am still in a lot of proper men’s national competitions, so my aim is to qualify for one of them and maybe one day win a couple, so that’s my goal for 2018.

“Unfortunately the team has been picked for this year’s Commonwealth Games, but that would be a goal of mine to play in the Games in the future.

“That’s probably at the top of the ladder for me, but we can only dream.”

Despite missing out on competing at the Commonwealth Games, Ed is not aiming too high when it comes to further increasing his status on the international scene.

But for the time being, he is in no rush to try and make a bigger imprint at a level he knows pretty well thus far.

“I do compete at quite a high senior game at the moment. I’ve beaten some of the top players, but we’ll see what happens in future years.

“I just take each game as it comes and hopefully one day, I’ll be right at the top.”

A modest man with big ideas in the making. Becoming champion of the world may be Ed Elmore’s greatest achievement so far, but it should be no wonder to see him destined for further greatness on the Bowls rink in time to come.


BOXING: Smith oozing with confidence as he claims maiden professional success

Jack Smith believes his first win as a professional has relieved some of the pressure from his shoulders.

Smith earned a 40-36 points victory over Gary Reeve at the Epic Studios in Norwich on Saturday, his first bout since suffering defeat at the hands of Craig Derbyshire in quite controversial circumstances in April.

And the 19-year-old fighter from Chatteris feels his maiden success in the professional ranks has been a real morale-lifter.

“For me to come back as soon as I did and to get the win, it’s boosted my confidence a lot and it’s took a lot of pressure off me”, Smith said.

“I learned that in my first fight, I was at the wrong weight – I was nearly three weight categories higher than what I boxed on Saturday.

“On Saturday, I was at the right weight and I felt fit and strong in there.

“The 32-year-old man came for a good go, but I just boxed clever and kept him at range and did what I had to do to get the win.”

Taking things slow: Smith feels more experience could lead to a promising career ahead

Not much mental preparation was needed ahead of the four-round contest with Reeve, but other targets were firmly in place in order to rectify previous mistakes.

“None mentally really, other than to study him more than my first opponent so I could see his style.

“Physically, I worked more on strength and conditioning and in the gym.

“Also, I did more rounds sparring and I just felt sharp in there.

“I put the time in the gym, on the roads and into my diet and finally the hard work has paid off and it feels amazing, no other feeling like it.”

Amid the setback over three months ago, Smith still had a large following to Norfolk, which the boxer could not have been more appraising.

“My supporters are amazing”, he said.

“What can I say; 115 in the first fight and around 70 in my second at this time of year is really good because everyone is away.

“But it’s not just who comes to my fights, it’s the messages on Facebook wishing me luck and congratulating me whether I win, lose or draw.

“It makes me feel confident with everyone behind me.”

Despite the jubilation of his victory, Smith, who fights out of the St Ives Boxing Academy, is not getting too carried away as he aims for the top of the tree.

“There are always areas inside and outside the ring to improve on, but that’s what I go to the gym and work with Steve Whitwell on.

“There’s no rush into fights that I’m not ready for.

“I just need more to get my experience and see where it goes from there.

As a boxer’s mentality is to win titles as soon as possible, that would be great, but I know my time will come.”

COMMENT: Can The New Day rise from the ever-growing decline?

One news story that may be quite unusual to hear in modern times is the launch of The New Day newspaper, which is to sell its first copies today.

Named as a new national publication stemming from Trinity Mirror, adults aged between 35 and 55 may be predicted to benefit from the newspaper’s aim of meeting “people’s modern lifestyles” compared to younger readers. Although there is a clear target market, there could be a potential backfire due to the fact that no website will be available, only “a social media presence”. For 40 pages of content, appearing online might not be worth it, however, it may be considered that younger people may be more interested in reading news than ever before. Creating a recognised brand is arguably developed through providing an online medium, just to suit a variety of different readerships. As well as competing against the more well-known titles, its proposed slogan as ‘the first standalone national daily newspaper for 30 years’ could still attract enough interest and profit to survive in a declining print industry.

To read one issue of The New Day, only 30 minutes is required, according to editor Alison Phillips. With the inclusions of “balanced analysis, opinion and comment”, it would be surprising that many would take such a short amount of time. With no political bias, apparently, the unique factor of not trying to brainwash the people’s minds would certainly be a spin for those who want to know a different angle on political matters. Another objective of creating “a mood for optimism and positivity” could be enhanced by changing its distribution methods solely to the old-fashioned newsprint, not just through combining a traditional left-wing view with the Prime Minister’s pleas following his appearance on today’s front cover. Sold to over 40,000 retailers, one thing that would be intriguing is how many would still pay faith into a new and potentially re-energised market.

Not only will The New Day be published during the working week, but will be selling for cheap, only temporarily. 25p for printed content springs the phrase ‘good value for money’ into mind, even when a large amount of news can be found online, free of charge. Increasing to 50p and possibly a £1 in future could dampen the persuasion of the target market, which could increase the supposed figure of “one million” not buying a newspaper.

The digital age is taking over, just as print is fading.

A Summer of Sport

If you’re a true sports fan, perhaps you’re wondering how to keep yourself occupied during the summer months. The usual holiday season may not be as entertaining without a taste for action, so here are a few ways to keep the clock ticking.

Wimbledon – Tennis

Packed crowds, everlasting tension and unpredicted outcomes are not the only aspects to look forward to. The face of British tennis, Andy Murray, carries the flag once more at a grand slam, seeking his second victory at SW19. Can he defy the odds?

The Ashes – Cricket

If you’ve lost enthusiasm for watching England lately, the 8th of July may be a date for your diary. The heated rivalry between the English and the Aussies will be relived once again, as well as playing on home soil adding further expectation for a change of fortune.

Tour De France – Cycling

With nothing exciting on your July schedule, a viewing of one of the most notorious cycling events in the world would not go a miss. All the drama, from Stage 1 to 20, and a host of riders seeking to gain cycling’s golden prize is without doubt something of a spectacle.

World Matchplay – Darts

Seeing the world’s best players take to the oche after a world cup to remember could be the event to fill up your schedule between the 18th – 26th July. Every throw, every miss, all the highs and all the lows can be witnessed; a tournament that keeps you right on the edge of your seat.









Ten tips for self-presentation at interviews

Have you ever wondered what the best way to present yourself is at a job interview? Or perhaps you wanted to know how to improve your presentation at a job interview?

Knowing how to appear, act and speak correctly during an interview are vital skills you will need when applying for any job. If you do have a struggle in how to “sell” yourself to an employer, maybe you would want to know how to overcome this problem in order to get the job first time.

One of the first things to do, even before arriving at the destination, is to be prepared. Make sure you are fully focused on the task at hand and bring your CV and/or covering letter to show the employer what you are made of.

As you first enter the door, you want to make a positive impact on the employer straight away, so dress appropriately. If the job you are applying for requires you to work in an office environment, wear a suit and tie to create a smart appearance and so on, just to impress.

Being punctual to a job interview, even if it is your hundredth time in this situation, is crucial. You want to make a good impression at first sight so remember to arrive at the destination around 10 minutes before the actual time just to be safe.

When you first meet the employer, always greet them as a sign of politeness. Discovering an applicant sounds or acts disrespectful early on could prove costly, so make sure you act in a way that is liked.

Whatever the employer has to say, whatever relevance towards the interview, always keep an ear open. This way, you will become less distracted by other things in the room and you remain interested in knowing about the job role.

Listening may be a key skill, but so is eye contact. During the whole of the interview, always give the employer eye contact (not a constant stare), then they will know that you are focused and interested in what is discussed.

Whilst in conversation, don’t let your nerves get the better of you. Try to stay calm and composed so that you are not thinking about other things as well as creating a confident image of yourself.

If you want to advertise yourself, speak properly and use formal language. The interviewer will expect a formal approach, which using typical slang doesn’t replicate.

Trying to be too formal isn’t a good idea when speaking in an interview, so don’t over-complicate your language. Even using the simple terms work if you’re promoting your qualities for the job, not every minute of a job interview is an impression contest.

And finally, the main purpose of an interview is to advertise you. Describe, explain or discuss to the employer what you have to offer to the job, why you are the ideal person for the role and what positive aspects you have that make you the person you are.

Presenting yourself in any job interview is very important, but doing it in the right way is what’s necessary which these tips will help you with in the near or distant future.