Twisty’s Travels: 2022 Trans-Tasman and 2022 Commonwealth Games Selection

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The Australian team for both the 2022 Trans-Tasman and 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games have now been released.

Men’s Team:

  • Carl Healey
  • Barrie Lester
  • Ben Twist
  • Corey Wedlock
  • Aaron Wilson

Women’s Team:

  • Lynsey Clarke
  • Kristina Kristic
  • Ellen Ryan
  • Rebecca Van Asch
  • Natasha Van Eldik

Men’s Para Team:

  • Chris Flavel
  • Damien Delgado

Women’s Para Team:

  • Serena Bonnell
  • Cheryl Lindfield

Vision Impaired Team:

  • Helen Boardman (Director: Peter Doherty)
  • Jake Fehlberg (Director: Grant Fehlberg)

Congratulations to all those selected.

After hearing of my selection for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, “Over the moon” doesn’t quite sum it up. Knowing that I’m heading over to the UK to fulfill a lifelong dream and represent my country is a very proud moment. It sounds a bit cliché; but it is a dream come true.

Over 18 years ago, my father introduced me to the sport of Lawn Bowls. It was not a special day yet, this turned out to define my employment career, residency, and much of my life. Playing in a Commonwealth Games always remained at the top of the list of goals for the entirety of those 18 years. The Jackaroos Squad and High-Performance Staff have known of the selected teams for a little while now, so it’s very exciting for this news to be public today.

So, what’s next?
The team will play the Trans-Tasman against New Zealand, starting tomorrow Saturday 4th June to Monday 6th June at Club Tamborine.  

Preparations have been ongoing for the past few months, including the past two days training at Club Tamborine. Tomorrow the Trans-Tasman will kick at 9am, with disciplines and formats mirroring that of the Commonwealth Games. Following an extended Squad Camp at Club Tamborine in May, the Gold Coast club will now have the honour to host the annual Australia vs New Zealand clash. They have been working very closely with Bowls Australia to replicate the Leamington Spa Greens (the host club for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games). Trust me, this is no easy feat.

“The Trans-Tasman is a huge event and to be able to host it is an incredible honour for our club. All our staff and members have been excited and really working hard to ensure we give our best over the next 3 days. The greens have had major renovations to match the UK conditions, and we really hope that everyone who comes up and plays gets something out of them leading into the Commonwealth Games.”

Damien Bartlett: Club Tamborine Greenkeeper

Preparations will continue for our Jackaroos over the coming 6 weeks until the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Bowls will kick off on 24th of July and conclude on the 6th of August. Channel 7 and 7Plus will cover the event.

Go Aussies!

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