Madi Styles – Marlin Coast
Madi recently returned to bowls after taking a few years off to focus on work and study and says “it’s unreal to be picked to play at this level again and it means a lot to me”.
She’s been playing bowls for about 15 years after her nana started a junior program at her club and forced me and my brother to join. “Turns out we weren’t too bad, so we kept playing!”
During the university semester, Madi tries to have at least a couple of games a week, but during the holidays she plays every day if she can. “I’d like to make the open State side one day,” she said.
Her most memorable moment was winning gold in the pairs at the Australian Junior Championships with her good friend, Tash Jones.
Her hero in bowls is Emma Spicer. “She’s been in my life since I first started playing bowls. She’s an absolute legend of a bowler and a huge support both on and off the green.”
Emma may be her hero, but her nana is her mentor. “She’s the one that got me into bowls, coached me all through my junior years and was a top bowler in her day.”
“If anyone is thinking of taking up bowls, I’d say it’s a fun, social sport so get out there and try it!”
Her one wish for bowls in Australia is for it to be included in the Olympics.