St Patrick’s College is known for producing fine footballers and cricketers.
Now, it would seem, fine lawn bowlers.
Lachlan Kennedy has deterred from the traditional sports to fulfil his love of bowls.
“Alot of younger people are moving away from traditional sports and going for a new experience,” he said.
The 17-year-old captained St Pat’s through the school pennant with team members as young as 13, finishing runners-up for the season.
“I’ve been talking to sport teachers at St Pat’s and they’ve been introducing the sport to year 10s,” Kennedy said.
“Captaining St Pat’s improved my leadership and organisational skills. I was selecting teams and meeting new people.”
After successfully completing year 11, Kennedy will continue to uphold the family legacy at Waubra where his father is president and grandfather still plays.
“I thought I’d try bowls for a new experience and I just enjoyed it. It’s more of a social sport that not many young people play.”
He plays with Waubra’s highest team in division two side and won the club pairs in 2011 and this year.
Kennedy is learning the tricks of the trade among the best in the region, including Ballarat District Bowls Division Champion of Champions Peter Goldsmith.
Kennedy said he hoped to represent Victoria, maybe Australia in the future.
But for now he will develop his bowl at his family club.