Tonbridge teen Greg Chalklin hopes to attract youngsters to bowls
A TEENAGER from Tonbridge is hoping to attract more youngsters to the game of bowls, as he dreams of hitting the heights of the sport himself.
Sixteen-year-old Greg Chalklin recently qualified for the National Schools of Excellence Singles & Skills Final, which is to be held in Melton Mowbray in October.
This follows on from his success in reaching the area final of the National U25 singles competition, together with the area finals of the National Fours and the area semi-finals of the National Triples competitions.
But the Tunbridge Wells Grammar School pupil, who started bowling at the age of seven, is dreaming of even better.
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He said: "I would like to try and get to the top level.
"I have a long way to go, but that is definitely the goal.
"The biggest thing you can do is represent your country and I would love to do that – that would be a dream."
And Chalklin, who is a member of Tunbridge Wells Bowling Club and the Angel Indoor Bowling Club in Tonbridge, is well on the way to a successful future, if his previous successes are anything to go by.
Already, he has won the Kent County Indoor Bowling Association U18s singles title and been awarded the prestigious U18s player of the year title, while he is one of the youngest members to be selected to the Kent Senior Home Counties League squad.
However, he said he was aware of the work it will take to get to his desired level.
He said: "I am a believer that in sport, you get out what you put in to it.
"I know I have to keep working hard if I want to get there."
Meanwhile, he may have competition, with his younger brother Bradley also progressing well in the sport, alongside Chalklin's friends Alex Bishop and James Brooker.
Chalklin said it was good to have friends in the sport though, adding that he hoped more youngsters would be attracted to the game.
He said: "I think it could be a lot bigger than it is and the game is progressing.
"It is all about getting awareness of it and people need to come and try it out.
"There are often open days and nights where people can come along and get involved."
So what's your opinion? Could Greg be this year's Young Sports Star?