13-year-old reigns supreme on the green

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WHEN he started play­ing lawn bowls at the age of six, Jake Rynne could never have dreamed of the suc­cess he would achieve in a sport that started off as a kinder­garten ac­tiv­ity.

Jake, now 13, re­cently won the North Toowoomba Bowls Club sin­gles cham­pi­onship, the dis­trict cham­pi­onship at the West Toowoomba Bowls Club and the Dalby Zone 3 tour­na­ment.

Next up for the king of the green, Jake will rep­re­sent Zone 3 at the Gold Coast tour­na­ment on Oc­to­ber 25 and 26, where he will com­pete against the seven other zone win­ners from across the state.

He has been play­ing bowls for more than half his life, and has no plans to slow down.

“I started when the kindy would take us to the bowls club and we’d all just throw them down the green.

“I re­alised my grandpa played so we’d go up to the club and have a bit of a roll,” Jake said.

At the age of six, Keith Malt­house took him un­der his wing and trained him for three years.

From there, he has gone from strength to strength.

Jake rep­re­sented Queens­land in 2014 at the ten­der age of 10, and again last year. He’s also been se­lected for the test series against New South Wales, and the na­tional ti­tles in Syd­ney next month.

“As soon as I started play­ing bowls I found it fun and en­joy­able, and you make lots of life-long friends.”

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