Lit­tle Big Shots’ Jett has a se­cret weapon


New Idea - - Contents - By Ali Cro­marty

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

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