CLUB Kawana's mission to become a powerhouse in Australian bowls received another huge boost yesterday, with former bowls manager Ian Schuback returning to the club to work alongside Kurt Brown.
The four-time world champion and man credited with turning Club Kawana into a force on the Queensland scene, will take on the role as head coach ahead of the club's debut in the Queensland Premier League in January.
Schuback left the club in October last year and headed for Sydney club Cabramatta, after he helped Kawana to a state women's division one pennant title and helped numerous bowlers earn district and state honours in his four-year stint.
Brown will stay on as bowls manager and is excited about the prospect of working alongside the man known as "Shoey”.
"Not many clubs pay for a high-performance coach, let alone two,” Brown said.
"We want to be the best. We want to bring these (big) events here and participate in big events.
"In a way it's good for our members because they'll have access to us. They can play with us and be coached by us.”
Brown said Schuback, who wrote the book Bowls: Biased and Uncensored, was the ideal person to guide him in his high-performance career.
"We're at totally different stages (of our careers),” Brown said. "He's been there and done that and I'm on the way through. It's great to have him here as a mentor for myself.”
His re-appointment comes after Bowls Queensland last week announced the club would host the first Interstate Test Series between Queensland and New South Wales in February.
The series will feature the likes of Brown, World Singles Champion of Champions winner Natasha Scott and former Coast bowler Kelsey Cotterell.
"Securing this is a huge step not only for (Kawana) but the entire Sunshine Coast,” Brown said.
- THE Sunshine Coast Daily yesterday reported that former Bribie Island player Natasha Jones had won the World Singles Champion of Champions title. The title was in-fact won by New South Wales bowler Natasha Scott.
The Daily would like to apologise for the mix up.
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