Angel Gomez: a senior and chess and piano player, is the first teenager to attend the Junior World Indoor Championships County Antrim Indoor Bowling Club in Northern Ireland from December 5th to 9th.
Gomez first learned how to play at Coronado at seven and half years old while walking with his mom to the park. “We passed the lawn bowling green, [and] each and every single time we saw older folks out there. Then, we saw this sign saying ‘free and open to the public during the summer’, which was Twilight Bowling,” he said. Twilight Open Bowling, hosted by the Coronado Lawn Bowling Club occurs every Thursday during July. “It’s open to the public and they have drinks and food: little appetizers for the public to just enjoy and come out and have fun.”
Gomez and his mother were skeptical at first when it came to Lawn Bowling. “We passed by [Coronado Lawn Bowling Green] so many times. There were older people out there and we didn’t know if it was for younger children as well. So, we went there, and that’s where we met the President and Vice President – Bob and Berie Grobe. They opened their club to us, and that’s when we started playing,” he said.
Gomez is currently the only one of his age that knows of playing. “It’s just kind of me right now,” he added. Gomez is currently pushing for lawn bowling to be an additional Hybrid PE option offered to students.
As the only Junior playing on the Coronado Lawn Bowling, he was asked if would like the opportunity to attend the Championships. Originally, he agreed to the 2023 World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. It was not until later that they received an email notifying him of the Junior World Indoor Championships in Northern Ireland, in which the deadline was in 2 days. Gomez agreed to the big decision.
“I am looking forward to meeting new people,” he said, when discussing what is most looked forward to about the tournament. Gomez is “just excited to meet the people and learn about different cultures as well and just go out there and have fun a little bit too.” It will be his first time traveling internationally. Gomez hopes to be able to continue Lawn Bowling after high school. He said, “I would love to continue this because it opened so many doors for me and gave me so many opportunities.”
VOL. 10, NO. 10 - Dec. 7, 2022