Aaron Teys brings conqueror heritage to bowling greens
IF new Australian Open singles bowls champion Aaron Teys wasn't such a peaceful likeable young bloke he'd be the one to see if you were organising a mutiny.
The former Ballina prodigy's great-great (many times over) grandfather was Fletcher Christian, who looked after that sort of work on Captain Bligh's ship, Bounty, in the 1700s.
Teys' grandfather of today, Dave Smith, a former singles champion from out west, now with Broadwater, has a pedigree for Aaron Teys as long as your arm.
The lineage, dating back to the 1200s and verifiable, shows four Holy Roman Emperors, 25 kings, 22 queens, eight princesses, two princes, no end of dukes, counts, earls and . . . wait for it . . . William the Conqueror.
That conqueror bit sits well with Aaron Teys. Now 21, he's been a conqueror on bowling greens since he was 13, when he started winning club open singles championships - two at Ballina, one at Evans Head - against all-comers.
Fletcher Christian started his side of the family pedigree by marrying Maimiti, the daughter of a Tahitian chief, and having a son they gave an unusual name, Thursday October Christian.
History says Fletcher was murdered on Pitcairn Island but for 300 years rumours have persisted that the murder was faked and he made his way back to England.
From Captain Bligh's description of the mutineer, the fresh-faced young Teys bears no resemblance.
Bligh said he was of "blackish, dark complexion, with a star tattooed on his left breast and backside, a little bow-legged, subject to violent perspiration, particularly in his hand, so that he soils anything he handles".
But then Bligh might have been biased. After all, Fletcher Christian pinched his ship and gave him a long row home.