TEENAGER BOWLS OVER RI­VALS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

AT just 14 years of age, Kane Shorter is not your av­er­age lawn bowler.

The Coly­ton teenager be­gan bowl­ing six years ago when his grand­par­ents brought a set of bowls to the house. And he hasn't looked back since. Kane was re­cently se­lected to be part of the NSW Sil­ver Squad, his big­gest suc­cess to date and a sign that his tal­ent has been iden­ti­fied at the high­est level.

This week, Kane is in Wallsend, near New­cas­tle, rep­re­sent­ing Syd­ney West in the Com­bined High Schools lawn bowls com­pe­ti­tion.

Kane trains with the Kingswood Bowl­ing Club’s ju­nior squad.

He also coaches and plays in his school com­pe­ti­tion.

Chris Gille­spie, of Kingswood Bowl­ing Club, said Kane was one of the club’s most promis­ing young play­ers.

“He is prob­a­bly one of our lead­ing ju­niors ... he has got a hell of a lot of po­ten­tial,” Mr Gille­spie said.

“Lawn bowls is a Com­mon­wealth Games sport so the de­vel­op­ment of our ju­niors is very im­por­tant.

“It is very prestigious for them to be se­lected in this squad.”

Kane’s mother Louise Shorter said she was very proud of her son’s ef­forts.

“He coaches, and he plays at school and on the week­ends,” Mrs Shorter said. “He is very ded­i­cated.” As part of the tal­ented ath­lete pro­gram at Kingswood High School, Mrs Shorter said Kane was of­ten called upon to miss class to com­pete.

“He al­ways makes time for school too, and al­ways asks for more work while he is away,” Mrs Shorter said.

“We are very proud of his com­mit­ment and at­ti­tude.”

In light of Kane’s suc­cess, Kingswood Sports Club gen­eral man­ager Nathan Lowe said the club would be do­nat­ing an ad­di­tional $1500 to­wards it ju­nior bowlers, in­clud­ing Kane.

“Kane and our other ju­nior bowlers will be able to ac­cess this grant – this will help cover both travel and ex­penses,” Mr Lowe said.

Newslo­cal’s Ju­nior Sports Star awards are spon­sored by Rebel.

To nom­i­nate a tal­ented ju­nior ath­lete, visit ju­nior­sportsstar.com.au.

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