Teen aims for national stage
A Karratha teenager looks a likely selection for an upcoming national bowls competition in Sydney after putting on a solid performance in Perth.
Kaleb Walding found himself at the pointy end of those considered for the national under-18s bowls competition earlier this month.
The 16-year-old won the singles and pairs divisions in the under-18s titles at Osborne Park Bowling Club earlier this month.
He travelled from Karratha especially for the competition and played 10 games in three days, across the three disciplines of singles, pairs and triples.
Walding said the singles was an exceptional match which led to him taking out the title against his opponent Patrick Quinlan after an early 8-0 lead.
“I beat the kid on his home ground, so he should have had that game a lot easier than he did,” he said.
Walding said he was waiting to hear whether his stellar performance meant he would be selected for the national competition.
The up-and-coming prospect started playing bowls at the age of 11 and recently picked up a sponsor, New South Wales’ Aero Bowls, which will help fund his travel costs.
It was a different experience playing in Perth compared with his home ground and the teenager adjusted his playing style accordingly. “The pairs was very tough, the players we were drawn against in the section were really good, most of them are used to that sort of green surface,” he said.
“Down in Perth it is maintained daily and a lot quicker, it’s not as quick, it is a flatter, truer, and better playing surface.”
Walding said he would now turn his attention to improving his playing style.
“You can never be perfect, you can never have a perfect game, and I am always looking to get better,” he said.
Karratha teenager Kaleb Walding put on a solid performance in Perth.
Kaleb Walding says he is always looking to improve his game.