Amanda Haevecker – Club Helensvale
“I am very grateful to be selected and it’s an opportunity to to go further in my bowls,” Amanda said.
Amanda has been playing for 17 years after her mum got her into bowls. “While she was at the club playing bingo, I would go outside and watch everyone play and she suggested I should give it a go and I haven’t looked back since,” she said.
Currently she plays or practises an average of three to four hours a week due to work commitments, but once premier league and pennants come around, it changes to about six to eight hours per week. “As a full-time worker, it can be difficult to get game/practice time and I have to take my annual leave to play in the Australian Open, State events and a few tournaments throughout the year, but I do it as I enjoy playing in such a competitive environment .
Her most memorable moment was winning the 2009 Queensland open triples with Kerrie Wilson and Natasha Van Eldik. “Also up there would have to be winning the 2018 Gold Coast District pairs with Sarah Duffield and the 2019 Gold Coast District singles,” she said.
Amanda’s future bowls plans are to continue enjoying playing bowls and be competitive in the bowls world. “I’d like to be selected for future State teams,” she said.
“I look up most to Lynsey Clarke, who is a great bowler and teacher but most importantly a great person, but my partner is my mentor; he is such a supportive person who believes in my ability when sometimes I don’t believe in it myself,” she said.
Amanda would like to encourage new bowlers to go out there, enjoy themselves and have fun.
Her one wish for bowls in Australia would be to include junior bowlers more, as without them bowls has no future.