Rising star Jono Davis
Have you ever seen a 14 year old representing Australia; if you were in Burnside for the recent Trans-Tasman you would have seen young Jono Davis wearing the green and gold for the first time as part of the Australian Development Team.
The boy from the bush has experienced an epic rise to the top of the sport due to an overwhelming list of achievements during his short 6 years of bowling.
The journey for Davis all started after an afternoon at the bowling club with his dad; and from there the youngster began juggling a wide array of sports, however it’s bowls that he has exceled.
Dubbo Railway Bowling Club is the home club for Davis where he has just claimed back-to-back A grade singles, and will now endeavour to go further than last year’s semi-final appearance at the State Champion of Champion Singles.
Davis was first selected in the New South Wales U’18 Team as a 12 year old, he took out the gold medal in the Australian Junior Pairs and bronze in the Singles as a 13 year old, he has teamed up with Australian Jackaroo Nathan Rice to win the Invitational Mount Lewis Men’s Pairs tournament, he has also won the NSW Junior State Singles and was named the 2014 NSW Junior Bowler of the Year.
A long list of achievements for such a young competitor in our sport; however the list doesn’t stop there!
Davis has claimed the most prestigious of junior titles, the Australian Open Junior Singles as a 12 year old, and this year will once again contest the junior singles at the Australian Open on the Gold Coast against almost 50 other rising stars of the sport.
With the 2018 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, getting some quality time on the Gold Coast greens, the home of the next Commonwealth Games, could see a then 17 year old Davis achieving his goal of representing Australia and following in the footsteps of his bowling idol, Aron Sherriff.
The 14 year old still loves to play a number of sports, loves pig chasing with his older brother and friends, going to school and managing to fit in as much bowls as possible and winning more tournaments than any other 14 year old around the country.
Whilst his goals are bold; the youngster is as level headed as they come and no doubt we will all be seeing more of Jono Davis in the future.