Bowls - Urangan Bowls Club. 17 yr old Kirsty de Waard (senior champion at the club) gets in some practise on the greens.
Bowls - Urangan Bowls Club. 17 yr old Kirsty de Waard (senior champion at the club) gets in some practise on the greens. Alistair Brightman

Local bowler matches up with best

SHE MAY not fit the traditional image of a champion bowler – but 17-year-old Kirsty De Waard can match it with the best.

That is what she will be out to prove when she competes at the Australian Under-18 Lawn Bowls Championships, which to be held in Broadbeach, on the Gold Coast, later this month.

“It’s a great achievement,” Garry Wason, manager of Urangan Bowls Club, said.

Wason has followed De Waard’s effort for many years and said he was sure she would go a long way in the sport.

“Kirsty has a big future in the game,” Wason said.

De Waard, a two-time A-grade singles champion at the Hervey Bay Urangan Bowls Club, also has the Delhi XIX Commonwealth Games set firmly in her sights.

The Xavier Catholic College student will be competing to defend her national fours title, as well as competing in the triples division.

“She practises hard and likes practising at the Hervey Bay Bowls Club as well as the Urangan Bowls Club to get experience on different greens.”

After bringing home a gold and two silver medals from the Queensland titles in April as a member of the Queensland Junior team, Wason believes Kirsty is ready for her next big battle.

“Kirsty is an excellent young bowler. She has really put our club on the map.”

‘Kirsty is an excellent young bowler. She has really put our club on the map.’



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