Young bowlers Sarah O’Leary and Isabelle Schafferius are part of the future for North Rockhampton Bowls Club.
Young bowlers Sarah O’Leary and Isabelle Schafferius are part of the future for North Rockhampton Bowls Club. Contributed

Bowls in youngsters' genes

GET them while they are young, appears to be the new call in lawn bowls.

The North Rockhampton club is certainly heading that way, with a couple of talented youngsters showing potential.

Being a Schafferius makes the interest of 13-year-old Isabelle hardly surprising, because her dad, Paul, is one of the best bowlers in the region.

Although attending lawn bowls matches from the age of seven, and playing a few ends with her father, the Glenmore State High School student began playing only last year.

However, as her interest grew her father took Isabelle along more often and, in conjunction with club coach Glen Campbell, started to coach her to play.

If success comes with a good pedigree, then Isabelle is set to be a champion.

Not only is dad a champion, but her grandparents are also talented bowlers.

Des and Jean Schafferius live at Mackay and when Isabelle visits them, a game of bowls with Jean is always on the agenda.

When the couple lived in the Central Highlands Des was at his peak and was recognised as one of the top bowlers in the area.

Sarah O'Leary, who is 12 years old and attends St Anthony's primary school, started playing bowls last year.

As with Isabelle, Sarah also comes from a family of bowls fanatics, with not only mum, Natasha, but also her aunt Michelle and grandparents Bill and Lorraine Cameron keen to get on the greens at any opportunity.

This makes family competition fierce, with grandad and grandma members of Diggers club and Natasha, Sarah and Michelle all members of North Rockhampton.

Sarah took an interest in the game through attending bowls with Natasha at the North Rockhampton club.

Already the youngster holds ambitions in the sport and looks forward to starting high school at Emmaus, so she can compete in the annual inter-school challenge.

Looking further ahead, she has set her sights high in the sport, with wearing the green and gold a priority, something her determination and ability could ensure is a realistic goal.

To improve her game, Sarah enjoys playing on the different bowling surfaces around Rockhampton, because this helps her master all conditions.



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