Taranaki teen to play for bronze in men's pair bowling at Commonwealth Games
9 Apr 2018
New Plymouth teenager Aidan Zittersteijn has a chance at winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.
Zittersteijn, 18, is part of the Cook Islands bowls team competing in the games on Australia's Gold Coast.
The former Spotswood College student and his skip Taiki Paniani lost their semi-final against the Welsh paring of Daniel Salmon and Marc Wyatt on Sunday 14-21 after 17 ends.
The Cook Island pairing will take on Malta's Shaun Parnis and Brendan Aquilina in the bronze medal match, while the Welsh pair will face off against Scotland's Paul Foster and Alexander Marshall in the gold medal match.
If Zittersteijn and Paniani win the match it will the Cook Islands' first ever medal at the Commonwealth Games. The match begins at 11am NZ time.
Zittersteijn, who qualifies for the Cook Islands through his maternal grandfather, is the seventh Taranaki bowler to attend the games.
Stratford baker Eddie Leach competed in the inaugural games in 1930, with Dave Baldwin taking part with success in 1974 (gold) and 1978 (silver). Pearl Dymond won a silver medal in 1982 and other Taranaki bowlers to feature have been John Murtagh and Maurice Symes (both in 1986) and Brian Baldwin (1998).