Julian proves bowls a young sport
APART from Kelsey Cottrell, lawn bowls is not a sport traditionally associated with teenagers.
But Julian Richards of St Joseph's would beg to differ, as he is having a ball on greens throughout NSW.
Julian began playing bowls 18 months ago at Pottsville Beach Sports Club after good friend Kevin Brider suggested he pop along and try it out one weekend.
“Mr Brider played bowls for a number of years and asked me if I'd like to have a go,” Julian said.
“I really enjoyed it, actually loved it, and partnered him for a few months; I seem to get along well with senior, more mature people.
“He inspired me a lot, but unfortunately he passed away soon after.
“He was a good friend and I kept playing because I wanted him to be proud.”
And proud he would be, with Julian excelling beyond expectation in his new-found sport.
The 14-year-old has since transferred to the Cabarita Bowls Club, where he hones his skills three times a week and features in many of the club's in-house competitions.
His impeccable skills have not gone unnoticed, and after posting some impressive results the whiz-kid was selected in Cabarita's B grade team which came second in the Tweed District Pennants.
From there the year-nine student was selected in the Junior North Coast side which finished fifth (out of 17) in the State Seven-A-Side Tournament in Wollongong recently.
Looking to the future, Julian aspires to play in the Commonwealth Games and be coached by Kelvin Kerkow.
“I love watching Kelvin; he's a brilliant bowler, an inspiration, and pretty funny.”
It's a far cry from the years of soccer and cricket Julian had played prior to jumping on the greens, and he would recommend the sport to anyone.