Teys’ inspirational bond

Family ties: Craig Teys has travelled from Ballina to play in his first South Pacific Carnival with his Australian squad member son Aaron. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Family ties: Craig Teys has travelled from Ballina to play in his first South Pacific Carnival with his Australian squad member son Aaron. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Australian squad member Aaron Teys has an extra special reason for playing in the South Pacific this year after teaming with his father Craig in the Pairs at Warilla.

Teys grew up in Ballina and from about age six had his dad Craig teach him to play bowls.

Craig was a leading player in Ballina and though he doesn’t play as much these days, Aaron and Craig combined to win the Summerland Pairs at Ballina in their last competitive Pairs match together in 2015.

 Aaron admits he owes his dad plenty for his rise from teenage club player to the national squad.

  ‘’My dad taught me the game as a child and has been there for me all the way,’’ Aaron said.

  ‘’He’s my inspiration. I didn’t have a coach and dad was my coach and mentor and to get the chance to play in the South Pacific together is fun.’’

Craig is also enjoying playing his first South Pacific with his gifted son.

‘’Any chance I  can get to play with Aaron I’ll take it. I couldn’t be prouder of him and the way he goes about his bowls,’’ Craig said.

 Teys is one of Australia’s top young bowlers and broke into the Australian mens squad 12 months ago after his breakout win in the 2015 Australian Open Singles.

This year his biggest individual triumph was winning the Australian Champion of Champion Singles, while he rates Warilla’s State Grade 1 pennants victory an even bigger highlight.

‘’To win the  state flag and play with your mates was a big thrill. We’d got close a few times but it was a huge thing to win it.’’

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