Dreaming of the Commonwealth

Anthony Ouellet is dreaming of the Commonwealth Games. Photo: Daniel Hines.

Tauranga Boy’s College student Anthony Ouellet has been playing bowls since he was a kid.

He started playing indoor bowls around the age of 7, all thanks to his grandparents who took him along to a club night.

“I then heard of another type of bowls called outdoor/lawn bowls and I took that up when I started college,” says Anthony.

Now, the 18-year-old has won championships and has plenty of titles to his name.

“I have won the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Singles three times and the Pairs once,” he says.

“I won my Club Singles, Handicap Singles and Fours this year. I was also on the Bowls Tauranga South A Men’s Team who won the interclub competition in the first division. We also won the A Grade 7’s competition.”

To someone who might not know how bowls works, Anthony explains it like this:

“It is a target sport where the aim is to get as close as you can to the white ball (kitty) by rolling your bowls (with a bias) up close to it.

“It requires strategic thinking and stamina for the one hour plus games.”

Anthony is also dreaming big with where he hopes to one day end up, with his goal to one day make the New Zealand squad and to represent New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games.