Zimbabwe’s African bowls championship double gold medallist, Aaron Chilundo’s dream of competing at the World Bowls Championships in the singles in Australia this October is fast fading as the youngster is struggling to get sponsorship.
The youngster, who has secured his Australian visa, is desperate to travel and compete against the world’s best.
The 21 year old former Alexandra and now City Bowls Sports Club’s bowling star conquered Africa by winning two gold medals and a silver at the African Bowls Championships last year in Johannesburg.
Chilundo has already secured his Australian visa but is now in a race against time to raise the required airfares and out of pocket money for the world championship pencilled for this October.
ZBC News caught up with Chilundo at City Bowling Club where he is practising for four hours a day and fours day a week in preparation for the world championships scheduled for October 25 to November 05.
“My focus is now claiming scalps at the world championships and playing against the best. I need US$3000 in airfares and out of pocket expenses. I have already secured my visa and I am appealing to corporate and well-wishers to assist me realise my dream,” he said.
The national singles champion together with Lady Ursula Gripper will represent Zimbabwe at the world championships in Sydney at St Johns Park.
He played in last weekend’s Avondale Jack Nicholson three tournament where he finished sixth after losing the last round of matches despite leading throughout.
Chilundo rose to prominence after being crowned a provincial champion and his journey thereafter has been one success.
Young bowlers, Chilundo and Austin Kupara impressed a lot of neutrals during the Zimbabwe nationals, which is one of the most important tournaments on the calendar.
The former Prince Edward student specialises in the singles in a sport once considered to be elitist and for the old but he said his rise has helped demystify the myth.
Chilundo is the youngest and only black bowler selected to represent the country at the world championships in Australia and has played alongside President Malcolm Evans, bowls veterans Mike Eaton and Clive Robertson and against top bowlers like Denis Streak and Jono Evans, among others.