For Profile number five, we meet young Harry Lawton. Despite his tender years, sixteen going on seventeen, Harry is one of the most well known faces in junior bowls. He was introduced to the game by his Dad and now plays most days for a couple of hours. The Clubs Harry has played for include Conwy, Rhos Park and Colwyn Bay RBL. Too young for taking up administration, he has, never the less, been Vice Captain of the Welsh Junior squad.
Everyone responds to Harry's diminutive size, but this belies a mighty talent and an iron will to win. He has represented Wales in the Junior team for over six years, starting to play competitively at the highest level at the age of just ten. In that time he has won six Player of the Match awards. He also won the Junior County averages at the even earlier age of eight. Among his other successes, Harry has been runner up in various Juniors merits, and won the Alan Jones Trophy for Junior players. In partnership with Nick Hughes at the Colwyn Bay Festival, Harry can add a pairs competition title to his tally.
The question about best and worst moments is always a difficult one to answer, but Harry has listed picking up the Player of the Match award at the Junior County final against Yorkshire as one of his proudest moments. His worst one is really any game he loses, ' As I like to win.' He recalls one of his toughest games was the semi final at the George Davies Cup, coming up against veteran player Kerry Morris. His easiest games? 'When I play my Dad' – that's your pocket money docked for the next week then. Harry has an older sister who used to play bowls, but with his greater involvement in the sport, he definitely sees himself as the better player.
Harry is studying at Llandrillo College doing a course in Pathways to Construction. The course involves practical skills as well as theory in various aspects of the construction industry; plumbing, tiling, joinery etc. Harry's particular interest is bricklaying, so if you need a new club house building, Harry's your man.
When Harry is not at college or bowling, he enjoys badminton and is a bit of a demon with his XBox gaming I gather.
Harry would like to single out a few people who have helped him in the past to improve his game. He, of course, mentions his Dad but also looks to, Glyn Jones from Rhos Park, Simon Livings and Chris Slater who have all given him tips on his technique and spent quality practice time with him.
Harry loves junk food, is most comfy in his shorts and a T shirt and likes Ed Sherran for music.
Harry seems very content with his lot at the moment. Affectionately known as Little H or Hazza, he will be old enough to drive this year and the family are looking around for a car to get him underway. He doesn't get stressed very much, except when he is down in a game and finds losing himself in his Xbox experiences very relaxing – a very modern way to chill out. Apparently, he also finds his Dad's interpretation of the Haribos sweets advert extremely amusing.
I am sure Harry will join the universal call for more juniors to take up the sport. He is well respected and any competitive game does wonders for confidence ; so very important for young folk these days with so much social media negativity. Harry is not complacent about his bowls and understands that to remain at the top of your game you need to work at it. His advice? 'Just keep practising.' Wise words indeed.
Harry on sixteenth birthday
Harry with his Player of the Match award