College bowling ’em over
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.