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2019 Joshua Austin
Joshua Austin

Sport

Bowls

Achievements to date

  • 2019 - Selected for England U18
  • 2018 - EIBA National U18 semi-finalist

I first started playing Bowls after my grandfather introduced me to the sport at the age of five. I went with him to a Short Mat Bowls session, enjoyed the game and joined the club. While I was in my last year of Infant School at the age of 7, an Assistant Teacher asked me if I would like to try indoor bowls at Mote Park IBC, I went along and had a coaching session and joined their club.

My coaches Trevor and Chris Coleman then developed a playing plan for the next five years to bring my game up to national level by the age of 12, but this happened a year early when I had my First EIBA U18 International trial at Rugby IBC, unfortunately I was unsuccessful at that trial. I continued to play for Mote Park IBC in Junior competitions and won numerous titles including U14 Club Championship and later on the Junior Championship.

At the age of 11, I was selected for the county KCIBA U25 team and have been playing for the county for the last four years. Last season I was in the county 2 rink Triples National semi finals at Nottingham IBC. In the 2017 – 2018 season I qualified for the EIBA National U18 singles finals and reached the semi final where I was beaten by the competition winner for that season. I have kept my Short Mat bowls up as well as outdoor bowls and indoors bowls and play for the Kent County in all three disciplines.

In April 2019 I attended my fourth EIBA U18 International trials and have now been successful in gaining a place in the England U18 squad for the BIIBC International Series in Scotland this October.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

EIBA U18 National semi final

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

Not getting to the EIBA U18 Final

Most respected sportsperson

Andy Thompson MBE (Bowls)

Ritual before sporting competition

My main ritual before competing in sport is to relax and not think about my opponent and to focus on my game.

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