Weier siblings set for Across The Ditch bowls challenge
AN AFTER school session on the greens six years ago enticed promising brother-sister pair Mitchell and Jacinta Weier to play bowls.
Now, the teenage duo is set to jet to Auckland for the Across the Ditch Challenge.
Jacinta, 17, was the first to experiment with the game, and countless representative opportunities since has proved she is a natural.
While she misses out on most club competitions due to school, she has competed on every level: various Wide Bay competitions, the Junior State Open and the Australian Open.
"I liked it at school so came back, and I spend about two or three days per week here," Jacinta said.
Mitchell, 16, "followed Jacinta's lead" and was equally hooked.
"I was watching her play in my spare time, and it seemed challenging; something that looks simple," he said.
The Across The Ditch Challenge is a development series that pits Queensland's under-18 and U25 male and female squads against Auckland, and will be held on December 8-10.
Their mum Tammie Weier said Jacinta and Mitchell had benefited from the knowledge of many local bowlers.
The Weiers said former coach Doreen Verharr did a lot of work, "starting from scratch" when the pair were new to bowls.
The pair will hold a fun day at Urangan Bowls Club on October 31 to help raise money for their trip.
Aimed at both bowlers and non-bowlers, the day is open to a maximum of 32 teams of four.
For more information or to enter, phone Tammie Weier on 0410 082 918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.