At the age of just 13, Talbot’s Dusty Taylor-Irwin is making waves in the unlikeliest of sports, becoming the youngest ever lawn bowler to take out the region’s novice singles title last month.
In Australia, the majority of lawn bowlers are men aged over 55, but young Dusty is bucking the trend after picking up the sport two years ago at age 11.
Lawn bowls is a family affair for the Taylor-Irwin family and Dusty said she picked up the sport after watching her nana, her mum, dad and older brother all play.
Following in her brother ’s footsteps as a competitive lawn bowler, Dusty fought her way through three rounds of the best novice bowlers from the Ballarat, Central Highlands and Central Goldfields districts to claim the region’s novice singles title in Daylesford last month.
The title almost slipped through her fingers however, as at one point Dusty trailed 22-15 in a game where the winner was the first to 25.
Dusty said she was nervous that she wouldn’t be able to come back from the seven-point deficit.
“When I was on 15 and she was on 22 I was thinking ‘oh god, I’m not going be able to do it’, but then I thought ‘I’ve got to keep trying’,” she said.
But she was able to come back and claimed the last 10 points of the match to win 22-25 and in doing so became the youngest person to take the title. with the previous record being held by a 20-year-old.
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