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Newmarket Avenue Bowls Club’s Grace Fussey receives call-up by the Bowls England Academy

Newmarket Avenue Bowls Club’s Grace Fussey has been carrying on a family tradition over the last couple of years, and now she is looking to take it to the next level following her England selection.

Growing up the 16-year-old has seen her nan, grandad and elder brother all represent the club with distinction, including appearances at National Finals.

Fussey has already reached that level herself, turning out for Cambridgeshire at the Nationals last year in Leamington, where she caught the eye of the England selectors.

Grace Fussey, Newmarket Avenue Bowls (8069769)
Grace Fussey, Newmarket Avenue Bowls (8069769)

And now the Newmarket Academy pupil, who has only been playing the sport for two years, will link up with the Bowls England Academy over the weekend of May 25.

Dad Nigel, who is secretary at Newmarket Avenue Bowls Club, said: “It is good that Grace has been noticed this early.

“She has watched a fair amount of bowls over the years with her nan, grandad and her brother Alex all bowling.

“Her grandad got to the National Finals and her brother followed suit with the club.

“It has helped her to understand the sport. To the average person there might not seem like there is anything to it, but that is not a fair assumption. It is not just rolling it down a green and she has learned that.

“She is very controlled in what she does and is learning every game, which she takes on board. At this moment in time that is a great skill, especially if she can carry that on. She is very focused on the sport.

“There will be older players there who have been going to it for a couple of years, but from Grace’s point of view she knows this is a learning year. It is a great opportunity for her to see what is expected to reach those levels.”

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