Tweed teen not green when it comes to bowls

Brendan Wilson with his two state medals at Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
Brendan Wilson with his two state medals at Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Luke Mortimer

BRENDAN Wilson is living proof that bowls is anything but an elderly person's game.

The 17-year-old knows his way around the green better than most people twice his age and is racking up wins at a rapid rate.

On Tuesday he walked away from the bowls Junior Championships at Bribie Island with his second state title.

"I was ecstatic," he said.

"No one goes in to something like that expecting to win."

Wilson said he had been playing for years and was now juggling training, working at Tweed Bowls Shop and completing a university degree in graphic design.

"At the moment I'm studying, so I'm not training as much," he said.

"But bowls is my pride and passion at the moment.

"I recently was picked for the national training centre squad."

Wilson said that the sport was developing quickly and was hopefully shaking off the stereotype as just a sport for the elderly.

"Lots of them (younger people) are getting into it now," he said.

"A lot of people see it as an old person's sport that's dying, but there's more and more young people playing."

He said that his plans for the future were to complete his university degree and finish up in the under-18s squad, before commiting to one career path.

"If I get offered a job out of uni I'll probably take it, we'll see what happens" he said.

"But I'd still like to stay in the sport no matter what happens."

Many Tweed bowlers will likely be interested to see what the future holds for the young bowls prodigy.

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