SHINING LIGHT: Kelvin Appoo claimed a gold and bronze medal for lawn bowls at the Geelong Masters Games. Photo: Ben Turnbull / NewsMail
SHINING LIGHT: Kelvin Appoo claimed a gold and bronze medal for lawn bowls at the Geelong Masters Games. Photo: Ben Turnbull / NewsMail Ben Turnbull

Success gives Appoo an idea

AFTER three years away from competitive bowls and only playing social golf at his home club, Across The Waves' Kelvin Appoo enjoyed a stunning return to lawn bowls with a gold and silver medal at the Geelong Masters Games.

One of 8000 sportsmen and women competing in 48 events, Appoo netted gold in the men's pairs and bronze in mixed tripled and on his return he said the gold medal was one of his hardest-earned but best wins.

"It was pretty tough competition, we (Appoo and pairs partner Ted Hovard) were on the bottom of a list of nine unbeaten teams," Appoo said.

"There were a lot of nervous bowls put down but eventually I settled down and the final finished 19-16."

Appoo put part of his success down to the type of bowl he uses. And in the difficult conditions, the characteristics of the Drake's Pride Specials he sent down came to the fore.

While it might have been cold in Geelong, the wind the bowlers were fighting caused the most problems but with the weight and size of the bowls to his advantage, Appoo topped the competition with some stunning shots.

With his confidence at an all-time high, Appoo said there was another event on his radar and because of the enjoyment he got from the Masters Games in Geelong, he had plans for a similar competition in Bundaberg.

"My next tournament is the Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast. These Masters Games were great because people 35 and 55 plus years old still get to play," he said.

"I would love to see if Bundaberg could host something like that in the future - it would be great for the town.

"We have all the facilities here - bowls, golf, football, rowing and athletics."



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