13-year-old reigns supreme on the green
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.”