FORMER Ballina bowler Aaron Teys has reached a milestone after winning the prestigous World Singles Champions of Champions event at Sydney.
Teys, 23, now bowls at Warilla but first got the taste for the sport at Ballina and Evans Head before winning the Australian Open in 2015.
He won $16,000 that day and qualified through to the World Singles event off the back of his performances two years ago.
Teys is usually unfazed when it comes to bowls but he admits he was nervous heading into the final against New Zealand bowler Dean Elgar.
He ended up making light work of Elgar with a 12-1 8-4 win at St John's Park.
"Normally I don't get nervous but this time I took off to the toilet to try and compose myself,” Teys said.
"I just wanted to be alone and away from everyone so I could calm down a little bit.
"Once it got going I was fine and he (Elgar) never really got into it so he must have been feeling the pressure too.
"To be called world champion is the biggest thing that can happen and definitely the highlight of my career so far.”
A stellar field of 52 contenders hailing from 32 countries took part at the week-long event.
The win could help keep Teys in the mix for Commonwealth Games selection on the Gold Coast next year.
"Most of the players at the tournament are in Commonwealth Games squads for their country,” Teys said.
"Australia has a pretty strong team and probably won't be making any changes there.
"I'd love to be part of it next year but if not will definitely be aiming for the next one.”
Teys has now been bowling at Warilla for the past seven years and has committed to the club long term.
He won the Summerland Singles at Ballina in 2014 before taking out the pairs with his father Craig Teys the following year.