Local bowls player to represent Queensland
BOWLS: David Owen only ever wanted to play bowls for the love of the game, and to make a few friends.
But what started as just a social game turned into so much more when he was selected to represent Queensland in the Australian International Bowls competition.
With his 20 teammates, Owen will be playing ten days of bowls against players from across the country, vying for the top title of the day.
Owen, 67, started playing bowls in his 40s and said he never would have imagined that one day he would represent Queensland in the sport he loves.
“I just loved playing,”
“I never thought that I’d represent Queensland, I don’t think that far ahead.
“I’ve been told by people that have played before that I’d enjoy it and I know some people there so I won’t be scared.
“I don’t get worried about playing bowls now, I just play.”
Despite having to play up against over 100 players from across Australia, Owen isn’t feeling the heat.
He said he was “excited” to get out and play.
“I rang my wife about a quarter of an hour after we got selected … and they could tell I was excited from my voice,” he said.
“She said ‘holy wow!’”
This competition, Owen said, was less about the win and more about the benefits of playing against the country’s top bowlers.
Despite a competitive nature, Owen said he was looking forward to learning from the other players around him, and bettering his own game.
“I’m looking forward to getting some more experience, and playing against better players,”
“It doesn’t matter how good they are, I’ll just be playing my game. And I have beaten some big players
Upon his return from the competition, Owen hopes to continue to play social bowls and coach young up-and-comers.
He said he had his home bowls club to thank for getting him to where he is today.
“I’d like to thank the North Dalby club for me playing here and the pleasure I get out of playing here, and our sub-branch of Warwick,” he said.
“It’s a really good club to be in.”