THE dreams of Mount Gambier indoor bowler Fiona Pearson have come true after she was selected in the Australian Indoor Bias Bowls team.
Part of the Mount Gambier District Indoor Bowls Association, Pearson was chosen for the Australian squad at the National championships in Caloundra back in August last year, which saw 12 men and 12 women compete at the national level.
This squad attended trials in Sydney recently and played in front of the Australian selectors, who then decided on the team which will represent the country.
Pearson’s main challenge was to convert her play from a standard 30ft carpet to the international 24ft carpet, but the change suited her at the trials as her favoured game is to play a short end.
Only seven men and seven women are selected to form the Australian test team, making the achievement all the more rewarding.
Australia competes in a Trans Tasman test against New Zealand every two years and both countries hold the test on a rotating basis.
This year the test will be held in Invercargill, New Zealand on May 16-18.
Pearson was jubilant when she was the fourth team player announced and could not believe her dreams to play at the highest level the game of indoor bowls can be played in Australia came true.
To be one of seven women selected is a great honour and everyone from the local association were thrilled with the news.
Pearson will play lead in the mixed six bowls pairs team with New South Wales’ Ian Ogilvie, who has won many gold medals for Australia in his past test appearances.
She then doubles up to play lead in the mixed fours team with Tasmanian skipper Darren Voss, Queensland’s Errol Weir and Tasmania’s Lynda Charles.
Being the only South Australian in the team Pearson believes it provides further inspiration to play at her best and hopefully come home with a gold medal or two from the New Zealand test series.
FULL AUSTRALIAN TEAM
Women’s singles: Anne Draffen. Men’s singles: Ian Ogilvie. Women’s 8 bowl pairs: Anne Draffen, Monika Korn. Men’s 8 bowl pairs: Simon Zaporozec, Kyle French (s). Mixed 8 bowl pairs: Linda Charles, Errol Weir (s). Mixed 6 bowl pairs: Fiona Pearson, Ian Ogilvie (s). Women’s triples: Barbara Hill, Rhonda Aram, Julie Zaporozec (s). Men’s triples: Haydon Weir, Shane Cashill, Darren Voss (s). Women’s fours: Barbara Hill, Rhonda Aram, Julie Zaporozec, Monika Korn (s). Men’s fours: Haydon Weir, Shane Cashill, Simon Zaporozec, Kyle French (s). Mixed fours: Fiona Pearson, Lynda Charles, Errol Weir, Darren Voss (s). Team manager: Joe Simpson. Assistant manager: Glenn Sargent.