Meet Jake Rynne
When Jake (17) was six years old, his grandpa played bowls and the local kindergarten took all the kids down to the club once a week, so he was introduced to bowls at a very young age. He usually trains for six hours per week, depending on what competitions are being held over the weekends.
Jake has to travel on average about three hours one-way each weekend for bowls. When not playing bowls, and when he gets the time, he plays “basically any sport I get the chance to”. He plays squash, school footy and cricket and also enjoys going out hunting with mates chasing pigs, roos and foxes.
When asked about his proudest bowls moment so far, Jake said winning the State Champion Of Champions Singles has been his biggest win. “However, the most memorable would be team achievements; the State pennant tops that list and, to be honest, all the tournament wins with Kane and Jacob are always pretty exciting too, haha!”
Jake aspires to win gold for Australia one day. He admires bowler Kelvin Kerkow and looks up to Jacob Nelson.
“Bowls makes lifetime friends and that is probably the biggest attribute of the sport.”
Some challenges Jake faces is that playing bowls takes a toll on his education because he seems to be at bowls more than school. Also, he finds that getting through patches of bad form or having a lack of motivation to train can be hard at times.
Jake would like others to know that bowls isn’t just a sport, it’s an opportunity to meet many people and make many friends that are from all walks of life, which is so important because “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.