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News Team Henselite COMMONWEALTH GAMES PROFILE: Rebecca Van Acsh
April 1, 2018

With the Commonwealth Games kicking off on the Gold Coast this week, we found out a bit more about some of our Team Henselite Australian representatives in this series of Commonwealth Game profiles.

Rebecca Van Asch

Bowls Club: Invermay Bowls & Community Club, TAS
Occupation: CEO Bowls Tasmania
1st Commonwealth Games

How did you get started playing bowls?
I started playing bowls in 1998 after watching my Nan play. The year I started playing bowls was the year of the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, and I though how cool it was that this sport I just started was in the Commonwealth Games. I thought “I really want to do that one day!”

When did you realise that bowls was something you wanted to pursue to the highest level?
I enjoyed some success early on in my bowls career and really enjoyed the competitive side of the game. I enjoyed practising which made it a bit easier as well. Once I started playing juniors for Tassie and going to Nationals I knew I wanted to strive for higher.

What do you like most about the sport?
Although I spend most of my time playing competitively, I like that I can also enjoy the sport socially. I play bowls with my Nan, Mum, Dad and my Husband. There’s not many sports I could do that.

What has been the highlight of your career to date and why?
The highlight of my career was winning my first World title in the pairs in 2012 with Kelsey Cottrell. That’s closely followed by the 2016 World Champs where we took away 2 more gold.

Who has influenced you the most in your bowling career?
My coach George Atkins has certainly had a lot of influence in creating the bowler I am today.

What bowls do you use?
Henselite, XG, Size 3, Gripped.

What do you like about these bowls?
I like that my XG’s suit me wherever I go. I can use them on the slower Tassie greens or in NZ when it’s super quick.

Which events are you contesting?
I’ll be playing in the fours and triples.

What are you most looking forward to about the Commonwealth Games?
I’m really looking forward to the experience of playing in a multisport event, and also playing in front of a home crowd.

Who or what inspires you?
My family inspire me. We spend a lot of time away from home and their support of me inspires me to be better every day.

How would your Australian team mates describe you?
I would hope that they would see me as determined and honest. And hopefully a little bit funny!

Outside bowls, what else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoyed spending time at home exploring new places in Tassie with my husband and my dog.