Woopi whiz-kid Matt heads junior program
PARK Beach bowler Matt Miles heads the list of 25 talented juniors accepted for the North Coast Academy of Sport 2007-08 Lawn Bowls Program, ironically enough sponsored by his home club.
Over the past year the Woolgoolga-based whiz-kid has competed in six interstate Test series events, a tour of New Zealand and been a member of winning District and Zone teams.
Last week he finished runner-up in the Park Beach major singles, going down 31-16 to mentor Ric Southam in the final.
Miles will head to Warilla next month to compete in the State singles event, chasing a berth in the New South Wales squad to contest November's national titles.
Now in its seventh season, the NCAS Program has a catchment area from Tweed Heads to Camden Haven taking in clubs from Zone One and Zone Fourteen.
Other local squad members are Fletcher Barrett (Safety Beach), Sinead Brewer (Bellingen), Brendon and Joshua Hicks (Bonville), Joshua MacMaster, Jacob Melville, Kenita Monks, Kristy O'Riley, Benjamin Watson and William White (all Coffs Harbour).
Founder of the program, locally-based Ken Watts, has stood down for the next intake but Ron Roberts will continue as assistant coach for the Coffs Harbour region.
Inductees had their first session last Saturday at the three training venues and will meet monthly until November, except in August when all athletes and coaches will attend a presentation function at sponsor Park Beach Bowling Club.