Fox bowls them over as natural skill shines
THE sport of lawn bowls is enjoyed by everybody, ask Matthew Fox a 24 year old who has tried and failed to secure permanent employment.
Fox faces many battles in his life as he has Down syndrome and an intellectual disability.
As can be the case for people in adversity, sport becomes a prop and in Fox's case that sport is lawn bowls.
Fox's dad Kevin is a member of Mount Morgan's Dee Bowls Club, and when he was younger Fox often accompanied his dad on bowls day.
As a young man, Fox began to show interest in the game and was taught the basics by his dad and club members.
In August last year that casual interest blossomed and Fox joined Dee Bowls Club as a full member and he has been a regular player each Thursday since.
Fox often represents the club at district events such as presidents' days and other club visits.
Also Fox is a regular in club trophy days at Welfare club in Mt Morgan as well, and on one occasion the lead in the winning team at this event.
Perhaps Fox's biggest achievement so far is representing the Dee Club in the 2010 Larson/Stock Trophy Day, very rare for one who has only played bowls for a short time.
Fox entered the B-grade singles in his club this year, but did not progress beyond the first round. With his dad he also entered the club pairs and fours but even though those teams were competitive they were unsuccessful.
Such is Fox's prowess on the green, he was recently selected to represent Dee in the prestigious Harrup Shield competition where he faced some of the district's top players.
Selected as the second in the Dee fours team Fox held his own admirably.
So what is the next step for the young bowler?
This year Fox has applied to enter the State Disability Lawn Bowls Championships, to be held later this year, under the Intellectual Disability Category in Singles.
This Bowls Queensland tournament will be held at Chermside Club in Brisbane where he will proudly wear his Dee Club shirt on the playing days.
Central Queensland lawn bowls guru Denis Bartlem said Fox could be following his grandmother's footsteps as she was a very good bowler in NSW for many years.
When not on the greens, Fox has also excelled in ten pin bowling, participating in the state championships.