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Harvey brings competitive edge to petanque

Harvey brings competitive edge to petanque

After moving to the Barossa from France, Harvey Walker and his family were looking for a little bit of their former home to hold on to, and found it in the form of petanque.

Harvey, 12, lives in Nuriootpa and plays for the Gawler Petanque Club, along with his father, Robert.

The whole family played a bit of petanque – a form of bowls – socially while in France, but Harvey and Robert have taken it up competitively and play every Sunday.

Although his friends describe petanque as an “old man’s sport”, Harvey enjoys playing and is gaining recognition and lots of medals for his hobby, which he has been doing for the club for two years.

Harvey was one of three Gawler Petanque Club members to represent South Australia at the national junior championships in November.

The Trinity College student also finished third at the Fernando Martin Commemoration Trophy senior tournament, beating several senior state representatives.

For the full story, grab January 30 edition of The Leader.