Col­lege bowl­ing ’em over

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Lawn bowls at Aotea Col­lege con­tin­ues to grow stronger, with re­gional and na­tional se­lec­tion on the cards for sev­eral play­ers.

At the re­cent Col­lege Sport Welling­ton cham­pi­onships in John­sonville, Aotea boys claimed the top four spots, with Seamus Curtin the win­ner, Fin­bar McGuigan run­ner-up, and Brady Amer and Jack Ste­wart third equal.

Ste­wart is in just his sec­ond year of bowls. The win­ning girl, Am­ber Down, was also from Aotea Col­lege.

Their coach, Rachel Wy­bourneCurtin, was un­der­stand­ably elated with the re­sults.

‘‘We’re es­tab­lished now and the wheel just keeps on turn­ing,’’ she said. ‘‘The kids are mo­ti­vated and want to com­pete, learn and coach as well.’’


of the coach­ing and men­tor­ing be­ing car­ried out is for vis­ually im­paired and dis­abled young peo­ple who want to be­come bowlers.

Wy­bourne-Curtin said the col­lege’s top play­ers were en­thu­si­as­tic in help­ing out and the dis- abled bowlers were lov­ing their time on the green.

‘‘ It’s about re­in­forc­ing those val­ues we have of team and trust and be­ing gra­cious.’’

Youth num­bers play­ing the sport are grow­ing, she said.

Curtin, McGuigan, Amer and Bradley Down have been se­lected for the Welling­ton un­der-18s to take on their coun­ter­parts from Vic­to­ria in Australia in July, and Curtin, Amer and the Down sib­lings will play in the Kit­tyh- awks na­tion­als in Auck­land at Easter.

Curtin and Bradley Down are also in the run­ning to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the Com­mon­wealth Youth Games in Samoa in Septem­ber.

Bowl­ing is big: The Aotea Col­lege bowls team, from left, Jack Ste­wart, Karan Sharma, Jamie West, Seamus Curtin, Rachel Wy­bourne-Curtin, coach, Martin Pereyra Garcia, the Aotea Col­lege sports co-or­di­na­tor, Am­ber Down, Brady Amer, Fin­bar McGuigan and Bradley Down.

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