Jake Rynne was awarded a Tier 2 Scholarship within the 2022 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program for the sport of Lawn Bowls.
Jake was born in Dalby, Queensland, in 2003 and started playing at age 5 with his grandfather. They would both sit glued to the TV to watch the weekly Bowls Australia program ‘Jack High’, and played alongside each other at the local club.
In 2011, Jake met Keith Malthouse, who mentored him to the next level. Then, in 2014, Jake excelled at the QLD Junior State Championships and became the youngest person ever selected in the junior state team at 10 years of age.
He then worked with four-time world champion Ian Schuback in Division 1 Pennant competitions and he became a mainstay of the state junior team from the age of 12 to 17. After linking with current coach Greg Bostock in 2015, Jake earned selection in the Australian Junior Jackaroos in 2016 and a year later won a gold and a bronze medal at the National Junior Championships. In 2018, he added the Junior Golden Nugget to his trophy collection.
Jake has won multiple national junior medals and has made the podium at senior level. As part of the Jackaroos team, he represented Australia at the 2020 Trans-Tasman series and came away victorious. The following year, he had earned a national senior ranking of number 4 and was the number 1 junior in the country.
Jake is determined to promote the sport of bowls and to continue winning medals at every level. He is also an automotive diesel technician with ambitions to study engineering through the air force.
Lawn Bowling career.
“To be a successful Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship applicant for 2022 means so much more to me than just the financial aid that the program boasts. The use of the brand Sport Australia Hall of Fame and their overwhelming support will be the biggest benefit to me and my sport of Lawn Bowls. This means that I can not only promote myself up the lawn bowls ladder but also give Bowls the recognition it deserves as a major national and international sport that Australia dominates in. To gain access to the wisdom of SAHOF Members is also another huge benefit that means a lot to me. Their knowledge on how to be a professional athlete and make a career out of it, as well as a professional good person that people are drawn towards is something that I endeavour to learn so much about.” – Jake Rynne on being selected as a 2022 Tier 2 Scholarship Holder.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2017: National Junior Championships – Pairs winner
- 2018: Junior Golden Nugget – winner
- 2019: Australian Open – Men’s singles quarter finalist
- 2019: National Junior Championships – Singles and triples runner up
- 2020: Trans-Tasman – Series winner
- 2020: QLD COC – Men’s singles winner
- 2020: QLD PL – Winner
- 2020: QLD Division 1 – Pennant winner
- 2022: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 2