Little Big Shots’ Jett has a secret weapon
LITTLE BIG SHOT JETT SIMMONS REVEALS THE KEY TO BEATING HIS OLDER LAWN BOWLS COMPETITORS
Youngster Jett Simmons is a pro lawn bowler and he’s only nine years old. Now, after appearing on Little Big Shots, he’s had a taste for the bright lights of TV and, as he reveals to New idea, he liked it!
‘I would like to be famous!’ Jett exclaims.
‘If there’s any casting crews that need a little kid to go on TV shows – he can do it,’ Jett’s dad Todd adds in.
Audiences got to know Jett for his love of lawn bowls, a pastime enjoyed largely by retirees. Jett loves surprising the older competitors – many of whom are his friends – with his astonishing skills.
‘When I first started, they were asking me how old I was and “why are you playing?” But now they don’t mind,’ Jett says.
In fact, Jett believes his age is actually his secret weapon to winning.
‘I’m little and fast and I have more energy than them. Sometimes old people don’t want to do certain things and they get tired and I’m full of energy!’ he explains.
Jett’s love of lawn bowls started early, spending hours on end watching his dad, Todd, and older brother Dylan as they practised.
‘My dad and my brother when they played bowls, I used to go out and have a play with their bowls when they’d practise, and one day I said: “Dad can I play?” And he said: “Yeah, sure,”’ Jett recalls. ‘Both my dad and brother played for Australia. Dylan plays for Victoria and is the world champion. He won the world under 25 singles about two years ago.’
Jett’s dad can’t remember when his young son first got his hand on a bowl.
‘It’s hard to pinpoint an age when he first had a go because, ever since he was born, he’s been around the bowls clubs and it
didn’t matter how old he was, he would come out and roll them around when he was one and two. But I’d say he started seriously playing when he was about five.’
A proud father, Todd also reveals this isn’t the only sport Jett excels in. He’s also a skilled player of AFL, soccer and cricket.
‘I’m just good at every sport. In soccer I kick the most goals, in footy I’m one of the top players,’ Jett admits.
‘He’s quite talented at all of these sports. In footy he’s playing up an age level, in cricket he’s going to play up an age level,’ Todd adds in.
Whether it’s lawn bowls Jett pursues or something else, Todd just wants his son to be happy.
‘Whatever he enjoys the most and he’s going to get the most success and fun out of – that’s what I think he should continue with. Bowls is great in the fact his older brother and myself, we can all play together. He can also play bowls years down the track if he chooses to do that. It’s up to him to pick and if he takes it seriously, he’ll get to a very high level. Whatever he dedicates himself to, he’s got that natural talent.’
Keeping it in the family – Jett’s pop John Gregson, Jett, brother Dylan and dad Todd play bowls! LITTLE BIG SHOTS SUNDAY, 7PM