Meet Harrison Kemp
Harrison (17) put down his first bowl at the beginning of 2017, so he could help boost the junior member numbers at coaching when his older brother was playing bowls.
Currently, he trains for about two hours a week, plus plays at carnivals on weekends when he’s able to.
He can travel for up to two hours one way to reach many clubs in his bowls district. Bigger centres such as Bundaberg are also about two hours away.
When Harrison isn’t playing bowls, he’s involved as a volunteer in a local railway organisation, which does restoration of carriages, equipment and station maintenance.
He’s most proud of winning the bronze medal for U15 Boys’ Singles at the State Championship in 2019 and winning the Gayndah Men’s Pairs club championship with Jackson (his twin brother) in 2019.
When he moves away from home for work next year, Harrison would like to keep playing bowls.
“It will allow me to become part of a new community,” he said.
He looks up to his coach, Ashley Harris. He’d like to see more regular carnivals being held in his district and more players in rural and regional clubs. When asked about what advice he could give to young, new bowlers, he said “have a go and enjoy it!”