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News Team Henselite Cartwheel Kate Takes NSW Indoor Crown
May 2, 2011

2011 keeps getting better for Kate Carriage. First she made the Semi-Finals in the Women's Pairs at the Australian Open. Then she was one of only 4 female bowlers selected for the Australia A squad. Now the Merryland's ace has won the right to contest the Australian Indoor Championships in August after emerging victorious in the NSW qualification leg held over the weekend at Warilla.

After a highly regarded junior career, Kate gave up bowls for a decade before returning to the sport she loves last year. This is her first singles title since her comeback and it was a special moment, especially as the list of competitors read like the who's who of Australian women's bowls. "It’s extremely exciting to see my recent hard work paying dividends so quickly," she said after the win. "I have re-discovered the confidence I needed for singles, something that I haven’t felt since playing 12 years ago."

Kate won the title using her trademark ‘Eye of Ra’ Dreamlines (pictured left). "They are my favourites bowls," she said. "I love the entry line of my Dreamlines to the head. They are very forgiving but still allow a full selection of shots, and are particularly good for those tricky trails."

Making the Australia A squad which was announced last month, was also a milestone for Kate. When asked what this achievement meant to her she said, "It means that I shouldn’t have quit when I was 18 years old! On a more serious side, I have this wonderful opportunity to learn from the best in the business, Steve Glasson, and test my skills against some serious competitors. I will be taking this opportunity with both hands and sprinting as fast, and as far, as I can towards that gold medal line!"

But Kate is not content to just be one of the top female lawn bowlers in the country. She also studies and works full time and so she expects a busy year ahead, combining all these pursuits. "A lot of hard work lies ahead of me; I have so much to learn on and off the green. Most immediately, I need to progress my Engineering thesis on ‘bending bullets’. Then I can spend more time training in preparation for the upcoming Grand Prix events in the second half of the year".
 

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Cartwheel Kate Takes NSW Indoor Crown