Kettering's Kieran is off to the Commonwealth Games

Kieran Rollings, pictured alongside fellow singles champion Sian Hughes-Jones at Kettering Lodge, has been selected to play in the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year
Kieran Rollings, pictured alongside fellow singles champion Sian Hughes-Jones at Kettering Lodge, has been selected to play in the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year

Kettering’s Kieran Rollings will be heading to the Gold Coast next year when he participates in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

Rollings was one of the 17 players named for the lawn bowls events by Commonwealth Games England this week for the competition, which is being staged in Australia in April.

Rollings, who suffers from cerebral palsy, will team up with Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist Paul Brown and Mike Robertson, who won the Bowls England National Triples this year, in the Para-Triples event.

It is the latest honour for the Kettering Lodge star who was the country’s youngster Disability Bowls England representative and won his first international cap against Scotland back in 2015.

He was also a winner in the Bowls England U18 Sutton Winston Pairs in the same year.

Now Rollings will be heading ‘down under’ for the Games, which are being staged between April 4 and 15.

Rollings is the youngest member of the lawn bowls team and he will be just 18 when the Games get under way.

Team England will send a team of around 600 athletes and staff in what will be England’s largest ever team to represent the nation in an overseas sporting event.

The team will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events.