WORLD AT HIS FEET: Dalby student Jake Rynne, 10, is already in the under-18 Queensland squad.
WORLD AT HIS FEET: Dalby student Jake Rynne, 10, is already in the under-18 Queensland squad. Bowls Queensland

Youngster on a roll to international success

HE'S only 10 but Kawana Waters bowler Jake Rynne has already been labelled a future world champion.

Ex-world title-holder and respected coach Ian Schuback believes the talented youngster, who hails from Dalby and travels to the Sunshine Coast to train and play, is destined for great things.

He has won two under-18 Queensland titles this year and is the youngest person ever to be selected in the state under-18 squad, which consists of five boys.

Jake has also led for Kawana in division one pennants.

"It's really exciting to be able to nurture a player like Jake," Schuback said.

"This club and its selectors are eager to develop his talent but also to develop a long-term relationship with a player I believe will become a future world champion for Australia."

Its Jack's impressive skill level rating, achieved during training sessions, which proves he is already among the best bowlers in the country.

"His results are as good, if not better, than our current Australian players and that is almost unbelievable," Schuback said.

One of the main drills involves rolling two bowls to a short jack and two bowls to a long jack.

"Every bowl is graded and rated within a certain distance to the jack," Schuback said.

"All Australian players have a benchmark of where their current skill level and Jake's current skill level is equal to, if not better than, some Australian players at the moment."

As a result of his efforts, Jake is rapidly developing a reputation.

Australian bowls icons Mark Casey, Kelvin Kerkow and Brett Wilkie have all come to watch him on the green.

"Everybody who has seen him play is very excited," Schuback said.

Jake is one of many young up-and-comers at Club Kawana where a high performance junior academy will be introduced this year.

Schuback, the 1992 world indoor champion, and Julie Keegan, a 2008 fours world champion, will mentor the youngsters, many of whom will be on scholarships.

Among the other top juniors at Club Kawana are Connie-Leigh, 16, and Rebecca Rixon, 13.

The sisters are both in the Queensland under-18 squad.


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