Star bowls into town for a day
AUSTRALIA’S most successful lawn bowler will be in the Hastings on Monday.
Steve Glasson will be at the Ocean Club resort before heading to the Wauchope Country Club in the afternoon to mingle with patrons.
Port News caught up with the Australian representative lawn bowler and he spoke about touring, who inspired him as a youngster and revealed what he says no one knows about him.
Describe the experience of competing at the highest level that you have? What’s going through your mind during your first bowl?
When I first began, it was probably total panic, however as I gained more experience, it was a calm and control with the belief I knew the job I had to do so enormous concentration and belief!
Were you able to get much one on one time with other top bowlers did it ever get heated during a match?
I was very fortunate to have some great bowlers as my mentor from the very beginning. And yes, whilst bowls is normally considered a gentleman’s game, in the heat of battle there has been some really heated moments.
What are your plans for the immediate future?
As coach of the Australian Team, we have the Trans Tasman test Series coming up next month and then our sights are firmly set on Commonwealth Games in July.
Who was your sporting idol as a youngster?
Greg Norman and my Dad
What age did you start playing bowls, why and who was your first coach?
I started so young…. was probably knee high to a grasshopper while still playing rugby league and cricket. My father was my first coach/mentor!
What is your favourite green on the Mid-North Coast?
Coffs RSL always had the best greens in the world until they went synthetic. I would have to say the greens at Port City are always a pleasure to play on. The climate on the Mid-North Coast plus the high standard of greens staff means all the greens in and around Port are high quality.
How many times have you visited/competed in Port Macquarie?
I would suggest at least a dozen times over a number of years. (At least)
What are your thoughts on Port Macquarie and the Mid-North Coast?
I could definitely live there. My only concern is would I have to live there for 50 years to become a local? Ha ha
What sports did you play as a child other than bowls?
Mainly cricket and rugby league.
What sticks out in your mind as your best win or performance?
I would suggest my first Australian Title or winning the World Singles Championship.
Tell us one thing about Steve Glasson that nobody knows?
I’m scared of heights and snakes.
What was your first paying job and how old where you?
Selling newspapers on street corner early in the mornings before school.
Do you support any footy teams and if so who?
Mainly lugby league teams north of the border such as the Broncos and Queensland State of Origin. I do have a soft spot for the Bunnies and Sharks though too. In AFL … the Swans and any team who can beat Hawthorn. Ha ha
What’s it like on tour and what are the other top bowlers like – is there any infighting going on that nobody sees?
All the boys are really good. Once in a blue moon you might strike a bit of a clown but you soon work that out and give that person a wide berth.
You would have travelled all over the world with bowls, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever come across?
I think in Hong Kong having “hired help” do everything for you … and I mean just about everything … on the green.
If you weren’t playing bowls, what would you be doing?
Professional golfer…. In my dreams. Living the high life with my family and friends I reckon.
Champ: Australian champion lawn bowler Steve Glasson will be in the Hastings on Monday.
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