LOCAL SPORTS NEWS
Bowling over the opposition on their way to the top
A HEALTHY rivalry between former Gin Gin residents, and sisters, Bolivia and Cassandra Millerick, is helping both of them achieve their goals in the sport of bowls.
As the new year begins, both athletes have reflected on what turned out to be a successful season for the sisters last year.
Now based in Caloundra, both were recognised for their seasons as they won awards at a recent luncheon for the Sunshine Coast District Ladies Bowls Association.
Bolivia won the best state or national representative player award with Cassandra winning the best emerging player.
For both players it was a wonderful honour.
“I was stoked and I couldn’t be happier to win the award,” Bolivia said.
“I’m happy they thought of me when they could have picked other players.
“I was really happy to win the award,” Cassandra said.
“It was a good feeling to be recognised by those who voted on the award.”
For Bolivia, her 2015 season included winning a gold medal at the Asia Pacific Merdeka Indoor Championships in Malaysia in October.
Competing against many Asia Pacific nations, Bolivia would be part of the successful Australian mixed fours team to take the top spot.
She said it was a competitive tournament for the athletes.
“We competed against Brunei, Philippines, Fiji, and plenty more,” she said.
“Despite not hearing much about them they were extremely competitive. It was good to win.”
Not to be outdone, Cassandra competed for the Queensland under-25 team as they faced Hong Kong earlier in the year.
She was also part of the Silver Nugget squad in its final year of existence.
Despite not doing as well as she wanted in the event, Cassandra was pleased to be a part of the team.
Both women also competed against each other at their club as they competed in the singles, pairs, and fours event.
After combining for a win in the fours together, Bolivia got the better of her sister, as she took out the pairs and singles title. In the singles final both faced each other with Cassandra finishing as runner-up.
When asked about their rivalry both sisters said it was a healthy one as both leave the competition on the green.
“It’s a friendly rivalry but we are both competitive when we get on the green,” Bolivia said.
“At the end of the day though we both aim to have fun and improve each other’s game.
“We both train together and get along really well on and off the green.”
Cassandra agreed with her older sister.
“We’re always friendly to each other and are still nice to each other regardless of the result,” she said.
Both players will now focus on the Australian Open this year with the focus starting to move towards the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.
Both are hoping to compete at the event together.
“My aim is on 2018 and making the team,” Cassandra said. “I’m training really hard to make the lawn bowls side.”
Bolivia added: “The Commonwealth Games is a big goal for me and it would be amazing to compete with my sister.”
ON-GREEN RIVALRY: Sisters Bolivia and Cassandra Millerick are both aiming to make the 2018 Commonwealth Games team for lawn bowls.