Damien's on a quest for a new title
DAMIEN Rideout has been on a roll of late.
The 32-year-old late last month beat his dad Rodney, the defending Biloela Bowls Club champion in singles, pairs, triples and fours, to nab the singles champion crown.
The younger Rideout said the battle between father and son was “about on par”.
“He's beaten me a few times and I've beaten him - it's even,” Rideout said.
Rideout senior gained some revenge, when his team scored a narrow 16-15 win over Damian's team to win a club fours semi-final a few days later.
Beating his dad for the club championship wasn't enough; Rodney then teamed up with his mum, Alison Ogle, to win the mixed pairs.
“Mum was stoked,” Rideout said.
His win in the club singles championship entitled him to play in the District Champion of Champions at Gladstone recently.
The modest Biloela carpenter emerged as the champion of champions and now has his eyes on the next big prize - the Zone Championships in Bundaberg early next month.
He will again team up with mum in the mixed pairs at the zone titles, as the mother-son duo also won the district championships.
Rideout, who took up bowls 15 years ago as a teenager in year 12, followed his parents into the sport but said he was largely self-taught.
He said club legend Tim Wallace had been his mentor and had taken him under his wing.
Rideout, who has been in the Queensland Development Squad for several years, narrowly missed a state championship a few years ago when he was runner-up in the state singles final.
This is his first year back at the club, after the builder spent a year playing in Brisbane's Premier League to try to make the state team; but could not make it to the top squad.
“I had a crack,” Rideout said.
He said he has achieved everything he wanted to but still enjoys competitive bowls and plays at many tournaments.
Rideout aims to add more silverware to his collection at the Bonanza Pairs, held at the Biloela Bowls Club in mid-July, which he has won several times before.
Any family members in opposing teams be warned.
He's beaten me a few times and I've beaten him - it's even