Seven-year-old Nathan Pollitt on the green at the Sawtell Bowling Club.
Seven-year-old Nathan Pollitt on the green at the Sawtell Bowling Club.

Nathan can teach dad a thing or two

By GREG WHITE

WHEN Nathan Pollitt walked past his father and told him 'the skip is two shots up', dad Alex had no idea what he was on about.

Gradually, as seven-year-old Nathan continued using lawn bowls jargon, along with terms for other sports, the penny dropped.

"His dad was simply amazed how much he was picking up from watching sport on television," mum Louise said.

Soccer, tennis, swimming, golf and rugby league were particular favourites but it was the game on the green that really took Nathan's fancy.

Next stop, Sawtell Bowling Club, where twice a week after leaving Toormina Primary School, Nathan comes under the guidance of Alan Watkins and Tom Penn for some introductory coaching.

Alan once played with Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steve Anderson and sees one striking similarity between Nathan and the Australian champion.

"Steve also started playing at seven," Alan noted, "and look where the sport has taken him."

Six weeks into a budding career and Nathan's skills are rapidly developing.

"I like practising my forward and backhand shots," Nathan says with a seven-year-old's shyness.

But not the drive shot.

"He's not quite advanced enough for that one," Alan chimes in with a shake of the head.

Nathan's already found this sporting life can take it's toll.

While going through his paces for the Coffs Coast Advocate a skinned knuckle needed a bandage.

"Last week he lost one of his teeth," Louise said.

Tough little guy Nathan corrects her: "I didn't lose it mum, I pulled it out."

There are more laughs all round when Nathan is asked if he can beat his dad.

"Oh yes," Nathan says.

"He's easy."



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