Sport

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.



Surfer's shark tale: 'That's when it's come straight at me'

Pictured at Kingscliff this morning Rodney Clark has survived a Great White encounter.

"I lost sight of my son because a wave hit him"

Sleeping rough for Fred's Place

ALL RUGGED UP: From left, Lenny McLennan, Jason McDonald, Gerard Robinson, Gordon Rhodes and Stuart Burrows prepare for Fred's Place Sleep Out.

Tweed locals show support for homeless by sleeping outside in boxes.

Latest deals and offers

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started