ALL SMILES Sunshine Coast bowler Rebecca Rixon after a thrilling 21-20 win against Cassandra Millerick.
ALL SMILES Sunshine Coast bowler Rebecca Rixon after a thrilling 21-20 win against Cassandra Millerick. Mitchell Craig

Love of bowls runs in the family

IT HAS been a full-blown family affair for Sunshine Coast bowler Rebecca Rixon in the Summerland Singles at Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club this week.

The 16-year-old took centre stage yesterday after her parents David and Rose Rixon both played at the event on Monday.

Her boyfriend Jayden Cottell advanced into the silver finals after competing on Tuesday while her older sister Connie Rixon plays today.

Connie came to the tournament with her partner and fellow bowler Paul Kajewski, who also played yesterday.

"We have a whole crew of us here and we're all competing,” Rebecca said.

"I've been bowling since I was seven but dad has been playing a bit longer than the rest of us.

"It all started with mum being very competitive when we played bowls on holidays.

"She was always losing against our grandparents, so she decided to get lessons.

"We all ended up getting lessons and it took off from there.”

Rebecca has gone on to represent Queensland and beat state singles champion Cassandra Millerick 21-20 during sectional play yesterday.

"I was up for a while there and she just kept getting me on her last bowl,” Rebecca said. "It was tricky because I'd only have one more bowl left each time but I got there in the end.

"We've got plenty of events coming up, it really is an all-year sport.”

There was plenty of talent on the greens yesterday with the likes of Broadbeach bowlers Ryan Bester and Sean Ingham.

Competition continues today with defending champion Kevin Higson, Nolleen Dutton and Ben Twist among the field.



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