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Bribie bowler dons the green and gold

TOP SCORE: Bribie's Brett Sellars is bound for South Korea to represent Australia in the first Asian Disabled Lawn Bowls Championships.
TOP SCORE: Bribie's Brett Sellars is bound for South Korea to represent Australia in the first Asian Disabled Lawn Bowls Championships. Paxton Roth

AS A boy, Brett Sellars dreamt of being an athletics champion, but when he had his left leg amputated as a 12-year-old he thought all hope of being a sports star was gone.

More than 30 years later, the father-of-two is bound for South Korea for the first Asia Bowls for the Disabled Championships.

The 45-year-old was one of just 12 bowlers picked to represent Australia and said he still feels numb thinking about it.

"I only started bowling because my son started here as a junior. He said 'if I'm playing you've got to play',” Brett said.

"I've been playing for about six years now but it was only socially to start with.

"About two years ago I approached a coach and said 'I want to make the Queensland team and I want to make the Australian team'.”

When Brett was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma as a child, a bone cancer that forms in the joints, he had to have his leg amputated above the knee.

"Before that I pretty well had my career mapped out for myself in athletics so being told that you've got to lose your leg was pretty hard to take,” he said.

"Thinking that's it for my sports, then once I discovered bowls I got a chance to wear the green and gold.”

He said it took a while to get around to it but now that his children are grown up he decided to have a crack.

"It's a myth that you've got to be retired to bowl; there's children as young as five playing regularly, a lot more younger people getting involved in it.

"I train twice a week, play Friday and Saturday and have been playing Sunday as well.

"In between that we're trying to do some fundraising.”

The Australian team will have to foot their own bill to get to Siheung, South Korea for the five day competition and the Bongaree Bowls Club and Bribie Island Bowls Club members are busy rallying support for Brett.

There will be two bowls events held next month across the venues to raise funds and a set of bowls to be raffled.

For more information on donating or sponsoring Brett, phone the Bongaree Bowls Club on 34080005.


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