The sky is the limit for young Aaron Chilundo, who has broken into the Zimbabwe bowls team at just 20 years old, a few years after picking up the sport associated with the elderly and predominantly white community.
The talented 20 year old is the national and provincial singles champion and is looking forward to the African Bowling Championships which are set for Edenvale, Johannesburg, South Africa in September as another chance for him to shine and raise the country’s flag high.
The African Bowls Championships will feature neighbouring South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia.
The tournament is played in a format of fours, trips, pairs and singles and Chilundo will have one eye on Australia for the World Championships next year.
Chilundo started playing bowls early at the City Bowling Club and his 12 year old brother, Anotidaishe Chilundo plays across town where he is the youngest player.
They are part of a deliberate programme which has seen students from Allan Wilson, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth and the Domican Convent schools play bowls, learn the etiquette and horn their skills at City and Alex Sports clubs.
The standard and level of competition in the country is very high and several black players including Aaron, Tim Machisa and Austin Mapara from Gweru have been making significant strides to dominate both club, provincial and national and international tournaments.
The future is definitely bright for Zimbabwe bowls with youngsters such as Chilundo coming through the ranks and being selected for national teams.