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News Team Henselite Cameron Curtis wins Aus Champ of Champion Pairs
October 15, 2013

Cameron Curtis is a name well known in Australian bowls. He's had not only a highly decorated career as a player but also as coach of the Australian Team where he led the country's finest bowlers to their greatest ever medal haul at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

However, it's been 23 years since he won his last National Title as a bowler which came in the form of the Australian Fours back in 1990. Last weekend he took out the Australian Champion of Champion Pairs title with NSW State Bowler, Carl Healey.

"It was a great feeling to win," he said following the final. "Carl Healey is someone I've been working with since I was National Coach. We met in 2007 and spotted his talent. He was looking to move from his club at Penrith and I was lucky enough to talk him in to coming to Roselands where I had been working as Bowls Manager for a number of years".

"The enjoyment of this win is twofold. FIrstly, it's the pinnacle of our journey together, as I've been acting as a mentor to Carl. He's solidified his spot in the NSW State Side and I'd like to see him in the Australian Team eventually. Secondly, it's also personally very satisfying winning a national title 23 years after my last one. I now play bowls for enjoyment, rather than it being a job, so it's a nice feeling when you can still mix it with the best."

Cameron and Carl were barely troubled on the road to the final, overcoming ACT and QLD fairly easily in the first two rounds. They then encountered an undefeated Tassie team but showed their class and were able to run out the winners, booking a berth in the final against Victorian pair, Nick McIntyre and Adrian Marchioli.

"I have know Nick for a long time, he's been in the Australian Silver Tier and "A" squad so I know he's a quality player. They started really well but Carl was able to shut them down, it was the best game I've seen him play."

Cameron used Henselite Dreamline XGs to win both the NSW State Champion of Champions and now the National Title. "They are a great all round bowl. I'm completely comfortable about using them in all conditions. I like to have one set of bowls that I use all the time. I switched to them around 18 months ago, and I feel  like my game's improving more and more. The Dreamline XG is the best bowl I've used in my career."

The Australian Champion of Champions marked the penultimate pairing of Cameron Curtis and Carl Healey who will have one final event together representing Roselands BC. They'll take part in the 2013 NSW Champion of Champion Pairs with Cameron now moving from Roselands to take up a position at Grandviews.

Photos courtesy of Bowls Australia

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Cameron Curtis wins Aus Champ of Champion Pairs