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Bowls prodigy Aaron Teys poised to play on Australian squad

FORMER Ballina-Evans Head junior Aaron Teys' brilliant form on the national scene against the world's best has been recognised by his inclusion in a squad that could see him play for Australia.

He's the only bowler outside the chosen national squad to be included in a high performance six-day camp in New Zealand.

From performances there, five men and five women will be named to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific Championships in New Zealand from November 24 to December 6.

GREAT PLAYER: Aaron Teys with his winner’s cheque and trophy after winning the Australian Open on the Gold Coast in June.
GREAT PLAYER: Aaron Teys with his winner’s cheque and trophy after winning the Australian Open on the Gold Coast in June. Glen Wimberley

The New Zealand camp is intended to familiarise the Australian squad with the greens and conditions that will be used not only for the Asia Pacific but for next year's world championships.

The Australian squad of 20 was selected some time ago and Teys wasn't in it.

But his form in the nation's biggest events could not be overlooked.

He won its most coveted bowls title, the $16,000 Australian Open singles, made the semi-final of the $30,000 Australian Indoor singles and landed the national $60,000 five-a-side title with his club, Warilla.

Australian coach Steve Glasson said that, in spite of not being named in the Australian squad in June, the 21-year-old Teys had a 'very real chance' of making his international debut in the Asia Pacific.

"Aaron has been in sublime form and has thoroughly impressed the selection panel with very consistent performances on the big stage," Glasson said.

Fifteen nations take part in the Asia Pacific championships every four years. Australia is the reigning champion.

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