Talent impresses champ
By Tony White
Australian Open lawn bowls singles champion Shane Globits proved king of the kids and savoured every moment at a junior coaching clinic conducted at his former club, South Grafton Bowling Club, on Sunday.
"The numbers could have been a bit stronger but the day went extremely well and it (coaching clinics) is something I want to do once or twice a year back in the Clarence," Globits said. "It's a fun day."
While the number of juniors was limited the quality of players was exceptional. There were also plenty of onlookers keen to get a glimpse of the home-grown Australian representative, now based on the Gold Coast.
Before embarking on his international career, Globits, playing for South Grafton, was the 1997 Clarence River District Bowling Association singles champion.
Included among the participants was Scott Kenny, a NSW State Junior team member and 2004 CRDBA singles champion, Yamba's Jamie Eichorn, Zone I junior singles champion and CRDBA singles champion and Aaron Teys from Evans Head, Northern Rivers District junior singles champion.
Both Eichorn and Teys are 12-year-olds and were Junior Bowlers Of The Year in their District.
Globits and Kenny also engaged in a demonstration match under international rules, with the master (Globits) reigning supreme.
"It was terrific to watch," junior bowls co-ordinator Les Andrew said.
"And on the adjacent rink Jamie and Aaron gave a great exhibition of how to play top junior bowls that would have made any Pennant team member envious."
After the exhibition matches Globits gave each of his pupils personal coaching and it didn't take long for the expert tips to rub off.
"All the kids that attended show a lot of promise," Globits said. "They all listened very well and they are younger than me when I first started.
"They have bright futures. They're all going home to practise what they learned."
Andrews said the lads showed immediate benefit from the tips.
"Some of these kids travelled from Evans Head and Yamba for the lesson from their local idol," Andrew said. "The pointers they picked up in a short time could be seen.
"Shane and the mums and dads who brought the kids to South Grafton Bowling Club deserve a special thank you and also to John Hall for suggesting the event."
Globits coaching clinic tour will take in South Grafton, Sydney, Wollongong, and Port Macquarie.
"I definitely want to continue coaching the kids when my schedule allows it," Globits said. "I'm also doing retail shops with my sponsors.
"I really enjoyed my time as a junior. I've looked after juniors for several years, somebody has to be prepared to put back in at grass roots level and encourage the kids. I'm more than happy to do it."
Globits was rapt at recently representing Australian in a series against New Zealand and, despite his controversial non-selection, intends travelling to Melbourne to support the Australian team at the Commonwealth Games before preparing to defend his Australian Open singles title in Melbourne beginning on April 3.
Interestingly, the Australian Open will be played at the Commonwealth Games site but seating for the national championships will increase from 2500m at the Games to 4000.
"All the world's best players will be there playing singles. It's a major attraction," Globits said.