Carel Olivier – Namibia’s Up and Coming Bowls Star

Carel (Cabous) Olivier is a Namibian youngster of many talents. After receiving national colours for squash and gymnastic and also playing rugby and golf, Olivier got involved in bowls last year at a corporate event and hasn’t looked back since.

Shortly after his first steps in the bowls community, the 15-year-old joined Namib Park Bowls Club (NPBC) in Walvis Bay where he quickly made a name for himself.

His biggest achievement to date came two weeks ago at the Namibian National Championships, which was hosted by the Namibia Bowling Association (NBA) at different venues throughout Windhoek.

Olivier marched through the Men’s Plate division, coming up against veteran Sandy Joubert in the final.

The match between the two generations was followed closely by the spectators, as many wanted to see how good exactly Olivier had become in his short bowling carrier. It quickly became evident that the youngster was able to handle the pressure, as he defeated Joubert 21-12.

Olivier then went on to win the Junior (Novice ) category at the Walvis Bay Bowling Club last weekend. A total of seven players had entered.

Namibia’s former bowls world champion Douw Calitz had this to say about Olivier:

“His first quality that captured my attention was his exceptional delivery and, in my opinion, a good constant delivery is one of the most important skills in bowls for success.”

“We played the Namibian National Championships two weeks ago and I was excited to see him in the final of the Plate singles. There he again caught my attention with his fantastic delivery and the exceptional way in which he handled the pressure. He was calm and expressed no tension throughout the match, which is also important in bowls, not to show your opponent when you feel under pressure. It is now our duty as senior bowls players to assist Cabous and ensure this talented young athlete is well looked after and given the necessary exposure – because my feeling tells me he is a potential future legend.”

Source : The Namibian