AT only 26 years of age, Chris Avis is making a name for himself in the competitive world of bowls, and last week was picked to represent Eastern Province at national competition in Bloemfontein in April.
Avis, the grandson of well-known local Kingsley Avis, was a small child when he first became involved in bowls.
“I remember it was evening at the Kowie Bowls Club, and my mom and dad had gone into the clubhouse, leaving me with empty greens, floodlights and a set of bowls,” said Avis who, since that fateful evening, has managed to excel in the sport.
He joined the Kowie Bowls Club in 2005 when he was just 15.
Avis’ first competition was in the Avis Auto team playing Nite Bowls, and said he enjoys that format of thegame.
Then, in 2007, Avis toured and played with the Eastern Province U25 team. He regards it a particular honour to have been chosen.
Late last year Avis received another honour.
“Our [Kowie Bowling Club] secretary received a letter asking if I would join the EP U30 squad training and selection camp which was held in November and December last year, and now January,” Avis said.
Of all the people invited to the squad training only 10 were selected, and only eight will be travelling to Bloemfontein from April 4 to 7, and Avis is one of the eight.
“There are two teams of four and two reserves,” explained Avis.
“I would like to thank everyone who has offered congratulations and encouragement over the years,” he said. “Specifically, thanks to my mom and dad, Vanessa and Rob Avis for everything you have done for me to help in my sporting endeavours. I couldn’t have done any of this without your support.”