Jacob Aitken, 11, is quickly earning himself a reputation as a young gun bowler around the Kiama greens.
Jacob started bowling less than 12-months ago and only participated in his first club game at Kiama Bowling Club in January.
There are very few bowlers as young as him playing in the district and he is by far the youngest player at Kiama Bowling Club and the only junior member of the club.
“I made it to the final of the minor pairs in my first competition,” he explained.
“I played with Dieter Zimmerman – he’s about 51-years-old.”
The Albion Park Public School year six student was born into a family of competitive bowlers, so it is no wonder he has joined rank and taken up the sport. He has spent countless hours by the greens watching his father Dean compete.
“It’s fun and competitive and I like playing with my Dad, my pop and my uncle,” he said.
“I want to win the zone fours with my dad, win the singles and win the club fours.”
Jacob took part in the Illawarra Zone 16 Fours at Warilla Bowling Club over the weekend, where he played alongside senior players from Kiama. Dean Aitken skippered the side which included Geoff McIntyre, Dieter Zimmerman and of course Jacob. Unfortunately, they lost 17-12 to a Warilla side skippered by Eric Haynes.