Katherine Rednall is hoping her first appearance at the World Indoor Bowls Championships proves a real family affair as she follows in her father’s footsteps.
The 18-year-old Stowmarket High School pupil will kick off her quest for glory at the Potters Resort in Norfolk in the Mixed Pairs World matchplay alongside Andy Thomson today before embarking on her Matchplay singles competition against Eleanor Gass in the quarter-final stages on Saturday.
And for Rednall, whose father John was a professional player, she could not have picked a more familiar opponent.
“It will be strange for me because my dad played with her husband and I know her really well so it will be nice,” she said. “I’m really excited to be competing in my first World Championships, I’m just delighted to be there.
“I haven’t really set myself any targets because getting to this stage is an achievement for me.
“It is brilliant to follow in my dad’s footsteps, who has just played in his 25th year in the sport, he is really supportive.
“He is really proud of me and for me the competition feels like a real family affair, especially facing Eleanor first.”
Rednall defeated England international Julie Leake, Katie Smith and Amy Stanton in qualifying and cap off a successful year, which has also seen her represent the senior national side.
The youngster is happy to continue to buck the trend in a sport usually associated with older competitors and hopes her appearance will prove as an inspiration to others
“It is great to get the stage to be able to promote bowls,” she added.“I definitely want to be an inspiration to young girls and hopefully encourage them to get into the game,”