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News Team Henselite Chloe Stewart - A World Junior Champion
November 23, 2014

Chloe Stewart from Kyenton, Victoria is the new World Junior Singles Champion after triumphing on the international stage at Broadbeach Bowls Club last week. The 18-year-old took out the title in the Under-25 tournamement after taking on some of the world's best young bowlers. And she still can't quite believe it.

"It's unbelievable, fantastic, amazing - all of those emotions, I still have to pinch myself and think 'did that really happen?'"

"My first match was pretty tough, that was one I lost and then I had another tough match against Tayla Bruce from NZ. Against Tayla, the first time I played her she had a pretty good lead on me 10-1 and I came right back and I ended up beating her by one shot or two shots." It was a comeback that gave Chloe a lot of confidence for the rest of the tournament which was much needed as she came up against fellow Australian, Henselite team-mate and great friend, Kristina Krstic (WA) in the final.

Chloe who is the reigning Under-18 Australian Female Bowler of the Year took out the final with a 4 shot margin in the first-to-21 format.

"It's obviously pretty hard playing against Kristina, she's one of my best mates, we were staying together for the whole week. We just had to put that aside and focus on the game for a couple of hours and after that it's all good again."

"Once I step out on the green I switch off and focus on my bowls, my line and weight and just concentrate on that. It's hard, it’s taken a long time for me to be able to do that. In the past I've played against others I have known well and lost because I’ve not been able to separate being on the green and off the green so it’s something I’ve worked hard on and learnt over the years."

With the World Championships played at Broadbeach BC on quick greens, Chloe chose to use her Henselite Fusions and found them to be ideal. "My Fusions were the perfect bowls for the quick greens and windy conditions during the Junior World Cup. Their line was consistent and I always had faith they would come back in the wind. Love them!" she said. It was an all Fusion final with Kristina all using her Henselite Fusions as she did to win the SIlver Nugget back on the Gold Coast earlier this year.

So what's next for the Junior World Champion? Chloe has just finished her first year of a Bachelor of Health Sciences and has ambitions to practice speech pathology in the future. But for now she has representative duties for the Victorian senior side in an upcoming test against Tasmania. "Hopefully I'll get selected for a few more of the tests in the next couple of months and I'll also be going to Burnside (NZ) for the Invitational Pairs in January before going back to Uni in March." she said.


Chloe Stewart - A World Junior Champion