State gold in her sights
YOUNG lawn bowler Brittany Wiley has added two singles champion titles to her recent Queensland Under-15 singles silver medal to become “a force to be reckoned with”, according to her coach and grandmother AileenWiley.
A competitor since age eight, Brittany has competed at the state titles five times: once in a fours team that placed third and three out
of four times winning the singles silver medal.
While the 14-year-old has aspirations of making the national team, the gold medal continues to elude her.
“I feel like I’m so close. I just can’t crack the fear,” Brittany said.
Pinning it down to being “too comfortable” in the finals, Brittany said she took confidence from her recent win at Kingaroy, where she became the youngest bowler in the Burnett district to become B-grade association ladies’ singles champion.
From game one Brittany said she “stepped out, picking up my game” and by the final games said “I was on fire”.
Brittany noted all her key achievements were in singles which, surprisingly, she doesn’t like.
“I don’t like singles because it’s all on you, (but) I prefer it because no one can let you down.”
Brittany’s self-described strengths were confidence to play shots and the mental ability to control feelings on the green while still able to joke in a head-lock series.
These were verified by Aileen, who she defeated to take home the Binjour club’s A-grade singles title last weekend.
Aileen said Brittany had “a very good fighting spirit and she can read ahead really well”.
She said Brittany’s good interaction with seniors, who accepted her and let her play, was a bonus.
YOUNG GUN: Binjour's Brittany Wiley, 14, is the youngest lawn bowler in the Burnett district to achieve B-grade champion at Kingaroy Ladies’ Association Singles Championship. Brittany also holds three silver medals in U15s state single titles.