YET ANOTHER Batemans Bay youth has made his mark on the Australian sporting card as 17-year-old Chris Macauley of Batemans Bay High School was recently awarded a sporting recognition certificate from the Governor of NSW.
Chris, currently studying Year 11, is one of five members of the NSW Junior Bowls Academy squad, and is among the top 12 juniors in the state in Lawn Bowls.
Last January, Chris played in a Test Match in Altona, Victoria, which was won by that state, two games to one.
After extra training and practice at Regents Park, Chris and his team attended an interstate Test Match at Holdfast, South Australia.
Chris captained the side and was skipper in the triples and four games.
They defeated South Australia by two games to one.
Chris has been playing Lawn Bowls since 1997, when he took up the game for a year whilst injured from rugby league.
“My Dad played Lawn Bowls and really enjoyed it,” said Chris.
“So I guess it was a sport I could also take part in without too much effort, and I could compete against Dad on weekends.”
That weekend sport and seemingly ‘effortless’ sport, later became Chris’s greatest passion, and something he did extremely well.
“It all really took off for me in August last year during the Combined Highschools Championships,” said Chris.
“I was selected from many in that comp and was later named in the NSW Test Side in December.”
Recently at Tomakin, Chris competed in the Central South Coast District State Juniors competition.
He won each of his games and later won the Royal NSW Bowls Association Zone 7 pairs and fours competition at Milton/Ulladulla.
Feeling confident in his selection for the Australian Championships in Queensland during October this year, Chris will have to play his best at the State Championships in Warilla in July, where the Australian Test Side will be named.
Chris thanks his sponsors, the Batemans Bay Bowling Club Board of Directors and Bay Craft Kitchens for all their support.
He would also like to thank his coach, Jack Dicker, who has given many hours of his time in to creating better play for Chris, who has come so far from training under his valuable guidance.
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