Bowls cham­pion keeps rolling

Sec­ond ti­tle in 3 years and ready to take on the world

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL SPORT - By EMMA DAWE

He might be New Zealand’s sin­gles bowls cham­pion, but Cromwell bowler Shaun Scott has barely had time to re­flect on win­ning the ti­tle in Jan­uary. Within days of his win at the New Zealand bowls cham­pi­onship in New Ply­mouth, Scott was back mak­ing the weekly trip to Dunedin to bowl for his North East Val­ley club side. It is a life­style Scott has be­come ac­cus­tomed to dur­ing the bowls sea­son, and there is more travel coming up for him over the next few months with the Na­tional In­ter­centre cham­pi­onships in Fe­bru­ary, fol­lowed by the Tran­sTas­man test se­ries in March, both in Auck­land. It is the sec­ond time in three years Scott has won the New Zealand sin­gles ti­tle – he first won it in Dunedin in 2011 – and he said win­ning the ti­tle again was just as spe­cial as win­ning it the first time. The win was a chance to show the New Zealand se­lec­tors he still had the goods, af­ter he was left out of the Black Jacks team for World Bowls in Ade­laide last year, although he still re­mains a mem­ber of the 10-strong New Zealand squad. And though it was nice to be able to prove his abil­i­ties to the se­lec­tors, Scott said his main mo­ti­va­tion for win­ning the ti­tle was so he could com­pete in the World Cham­pion of Cham­pion sin­gles fi­nals in Christchurch in Novem­ber. He fin­ished 11th in the event in Hong Kong in 2011 but would love to win it this time around, es­pe­cially be­cause it was be­ing played in New Zealand. ‘‘I couldn’t think of any­thing nicer than play­ing a world event in New Zealand and win­ning it.’’

Photo: EMMADAWE 627524906

Mo­ti­vated: Cromwell bowler Shaun Scott with the tro­phy he won af­ter tak­ing out the New Zealand sin­gles bowls ti­tle in New Ply­mouth in Jan­uary

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