Where stars are born.
The Australian Under-18 Championships is an exciting event on the Bowls Australia (BA) calendar, as the country gets to see first-hand the wealth of talent we have coming through the ranks.
Each State and Territory is represented with only the best of the best selected to go head-to-head at these prestigious annual championships.
Past and present Australian Jackaroos, world and Commonwealth Games gold medallists and even National Coaches have completed their bowling apprenticeships representing their states at this event.
The Australian Under-18 honour roll is littered with big names, Lynsey Clarke (née Armitage), Aron Sherriff, Cameron Curtis, Kelsey Cottrell and Natasha Scott have all stood in the shoes of this year’s competitors.
Queensland dominated last year’s event and have the home ground advantage; however having lost a number of players who have turned 18 in the past year, the door is open for new faces to fly the flag for the home state.
Both Australian Open Under-18 Singles champions Jono Davis and Jesse Cottell have graduated from the junior ranks; although last year’s girls’ singles champion Kirra Bourke is back representing Victoria and considered a favourite to win back-to-back titles.
While in the boys’ singles field, keep your eyes on Jake Rynne (QLD) who is excelling here in his home state.
Incredibly, the average age of the 75 competitors sits at just 14.4, with youngsters Chloe Cooper (ACT) and Amity Bickley (VIC) making their Championships debut, both aged just 12 years old.
For the first time in the history of the event, BA will live-stream one selected match per session, including gold medal matches on the final day of play.
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See below the streaming schedule for Day 1: (subject to change)