Good bowling, do your best, enjoy the fantastic experience and look forward to hearing good results. Jessica, enjoy your trip and am sure they will do you and South Africa proud.
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- Updated: July 24, 2015
Two talented young South Africans vault on to the international stage when lawn bowls debuts at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games at Apia, Samoa (contestants are 14-17 years of age) from 5-12 September.
The SA duo (Aimée Shnetler from Ncundu Bowling Club, KwaZulu-Natal)and Rowan Watkins from Goedemoed Bowling Club, Southern Free State) – were named by Bowls South Africa after extensive trials. The teenagers play singles in their respective sections and in the mixed pairs; while accompanying them will be experienced international manager/coach Jessica Henderson (Margate, Kingfisher). Henderson was also manager of the bowls section of Team SA at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
All Commonwealth countries that play bowls are sending teams.
Says Bowls SA president, Allan Freeman: ‘Our Protea bowls players win gold medals and acclaim worldwide, so these young players realise the importance. They represent the future of the sport in this country; all wish them success against the world’s best juniors.’
Neither Aimée nor Hennie has been overseas and both are bubbling with excitement.
Aimee, 16, was a reluctant bowler, says her father Hennie (Newcastle BC), who will accompany her on the trip. ‘Aged only 11, she filled in at a fun day a couple of times, moaned about it, then discovered she loved the sport,’ he said. Her father and mother Petro (Ncundu BC), both experienced players, are thrilled at their Tugela High School learner’s talent and commitment.
Says Aimee: ‘I can’t wait to play, everyone here in Newcastle is being so supportive. At the Under-19 Development Tournament in Bloemfontein this year I skipped three new players – we did well and luckily for me my district nominated me for the Games’ trials. I play with No2s; as does my partner Rowan – we will strive to make South Africa proud of us.’
Aliwal High School Grade 11 learner Rowan.17, is determined and committed to his chosen code – as he is towards wildlife and its conservation, his intended career.
His mother Yolanda, speaking on his behalf (he was asleep when called), with an excited father, Freddie chipping in, said: ‘He began playing aged 11 and today is an inspiration to all at our club He did well as a skip at the U-19 Development Tournament in Bloemfonteing this year and his selection is reward for effort put in. He knows Aimée from the U-19s; they get on well together.’
Kimberley du Preez (Sables), Andrew Marshall (Ekurhuleni) are non-travelling reserves.