Rynne recipient of prestigious scholarship

by Val Febbo

Emerging Jackaroo Jake Rynne‘s impressive rise towards the top of the bowls landscape continues, receiving a unique scholarship.

Rynne was recently made a recipient of a Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Tier 2 scholarship and mentoring program.

The 18-year-old is one of 10 selected promising young athletes who are looking to further develop and forge their own careers in their respective sports.

Playing bowls since kindergarten, he made his progression quickly and was in the Queensland junior team at 11 -years-old and has since continued to improve his game, culminating in selection for Bowls Australia’s high performance program.

Throughout his adolescence he has experienced the tutelage of four-time World Champion Ian Schuback and long time coach Greg Bostock.

Among Rynne’s fellow peers is Olympic diver Nikita Hains, Hockeyroo Amy Lawton and Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Madeleine McTernan.

Each member will be mentored by a plethora of the SAHOF’s esteemed members, while also receiving a $5000 sporting grant.

Rynne, the number three ranked bowler in Australia, follows in the footsteps of Jackaroo Ellen Ryan, a 2016 alumni of the same program.

Rynne said he is overjoyed at the opportunity provided and will look to soak up as much wisdom as he can.

“To be a successful Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship applicant for 2022 means so much more to me than just the financial aid that the program boasts,” he said.

“This means that I can not only promote myself up the lawn bowls ladder but also give bowls the recognition it deserves as a major national and international sport that Australia dominates in.”

“To gain access to the wisdom of SAHOF Members is also another huge benefit that means a lot to me.

“Their knowledge on how to be a professional athlete and make a career out of it, as well as a professional good person that people are drawn towards is something that I endeavour to learn so much about.”

Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple is ecstatic for Rynne, calling it a deserving reward for the time and dedication that the young Queenslander applies to his craft.

“Being recognised with the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship for 2022 is a tremendous achievement for Jake and a deserving reward for considerable effort and success over many years,” Dalrymple said.

“Jake is undoubtedly a rising talent and valued member of the Australian Emerging Jackaroos squad, with an enormous future ahead of him if he continues his current trajectory and path towards international honours. 

“The encouragement and funding provided to Jake through the SAHOF Scholarship will certainly assist him in reaching the next level of his bowls career.”