Corey Wedlock playing in the West Coffs fours final on Sunday.
Corey Wedlock playing in the West Coffs fours final on Sunday. TREVOR VEALE

Destined for the top

THE more senior members at West Coffs Bowling Club are in awe of the ability of a 14-year-old who has joined the club recently.

When talk is about the precocious talent that Corey Wedlock possesses on the green, the phrase heard most often from senior players is “this kid is going to play lawn bowls for Australia in the not-too-distant future”.

The older members at the club are astounded at the pure talent displayed by their most recent and certainly welcome junior member.

Corey and his father, affectionately called Bones for his obvious lack of superfluous meat on his tall frame, moved their bowling affiliation from Urunga to West Coffs recently to give Corey a better chance of pursuing his dream of reaching the top of his chosen sport.

Welcomed with open arms by the club coaches, the Wedlock father and son pair have slotted into this year’s number one pennant team perfectly.

West Coffs Bowls director of coaching Stuart Hartigan is naturally delighted with the addition of Corey to his already highly regarded junior development program.

“Our club has always encouraged and promoted our juniors and slotted them into top-level pennant competition at the earliest opportunity,” Hartigan said.

The quiet and unassuming Corey, a Bellingen High student, seems quite shy and casual at the sideline waiting for his turn to bowl.

However, when he steps on the mat an immediate and positive focus takes place.

Corey is simply over-loaded with pure skill and talent, and his powers of concentration and determination to place every delivery with precision and planning are the envy of spectators and bowlers wherever he performs.

A member of this year’s Bowls New South Wales Country under-18 squad, Corey already has bronze and gold trophies in his cabinet from previous New South Wales Combined High School competitions.

He also has numerous trophies won at junior and senior club and district competitions.

The junior is working hard toward reaching his goal of one day representing New South Wales and Australia at the highest level of competition.

He has set winning the coveted New South Wales singles title his major individual goal.

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