COOKTOWN lawn bowler Corinne Stallan will represent Queensland at the Australian Championships in Perth this week after a surprise call up from selectors.
The 17-year-old bowler has had a big year on the greens representing Queensland but said competition for spots was tight.
“I was surprised when I found out I had made it to the nationals because there was tough competition between the Queensland girls this year,” she said.
“I’m very excited to not only play for Queensland, but to travel to Perth for the championships.”
The Endeavour Christian College Year 12 student, who plays at Cooktown Bowls Club, will be skipper for both the fours and triples teams at the championships, and was confident about their chances.
“I think we will do OK; our team this year is pretty strong,” she said.
“We just have to put our heads down while we are there and work hard to get the trophy for Queensland.”
Corinne flies out with her Queensland teammates today (Tuesday) and will be joined by her proud mum Katrina Lewis when the competition starts on Friday.
Following the Australian championships, the youngster will take off her sporting hat to celebrate her 18th birthday, before getting straight back into competition playing for North Queensland in Mackay.