State gold in her sights

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

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.

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