Rugby, water polo ... Daniel tries bowls

GREEN BUT TALENTED: Alstonville Bowling Club’s Daniel Sawyer is a promising talent.
GREEN BUT TALENTED: Alstonville Bowling Club’s Daniel Sawyer is a promising talent.

Daniel Sawyer, who turned 14 this week, is making waves at Alstonville Bowling Club.

The Alstonville High School student is usually more at home on the rugby union field or in the swimming pool for water polo, where he has already represented Queensland at junior level.

He decided to try his hand at bowls about two months ago - and has been welcomed with open arms by club members.

"I like bowls because you don't get hurt," he said.

"It is quite peaceful. Everyone at the club has been very encouraging and helpful.

"I never thought I would be good at bowls, but it's nice to hear."

Daniel was introduced to the sport by friends and fellow Alstonville players Indi and Kit Conlan.

The twin brothers are other keen young players who have started to make an impression.

Daniel has quickly improved his game, winning in the club's minor singles championship.

The Year 8 student, who is aiming to take part in the regional Rookies titles next year, said he hoped other juniors would give bowls a try.

"I reckon younger people should try it," he said.

"If they don't, then the sport will not have anyone playing it in the future. I am enjoying it."

Dad Tim said his son seemed to have natural bowls talent.

"He seemed to have a good eye for distance and has learned quickly," he said.

The club is also celebrating after another promising player, Nathan Gava, won the zone Rookies title.



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