Young bowler in national competition

Harry pictured with his Grandfather Keith, and the medal he won

NEWQUAY Indoor Bowling Club coach Keith Trenerry is “chuffed to bits”, after his grandson Harry Anning clinched a place in the finals of an upcoming national competition.

Tretherras student Harry, 16, has inherited the bowling talents of his grandparents, Anne and Keith who have been prominent players in the county for a number of years.

Harry was selected to compete against some of the best young bowlers in the South West Regional School of Excellence, organised by the English Bowls Development Scheme. He went on to win the regional heats, qualifying for the National School of Excellence which takes place at Melton Mowbray in October.

The regional event took place at the new facilities at the Plymouth Life Centre earlier this month.

“It’s a really big facility,” Harry said.

“There were 32 youth players in total,  but I was top against 16 in the U-18 age group.

“There were five matches overall. I was put into a group of four with competitors from the other counties, where we played three round-robins before lunch.

“In the afternoon, we did some exercises and then went through to the semi-finals and then the finals.”

“It was a bit nervous in the final, but still pretty calm. There were quite a few people watching, but that didn’t put me off, and I was quite focussed

“I just concentrated on the game  and what I needed to do.”

His Grandad Keith said: “I’m chuffed to bits with him to be honest. He had the potential, but we never thought he would pull it off but he’s proved us all wrong and done it!”

“He started at Perranporth on the outdoor green, and he couldn’t even reach halfway across the rink.”

“If he can stick with it, then I think that he’s got potential to get into the Cornwall squad no problem.

“He’s just got to practice, practice, practice for it.” said Keith.

Harry was also joined by fellow Newquay Indoor Bowling Club members Zak Goddard, Josh Gilbert and Danielle Scandrett. Josh went on to take the fourth place in the juniors section.

Harry is also looking forward to representing Cornwall next month, when he warms up for the nationals in October by playing for the U-25 county team in Torpoint.

Newquay Indoor Bowling Club run a coaching scheme allowing young people to try bowling for themselves. If you would like more information, or would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities for Harry please contact Julie Anning on 01637 830234.