Wendy Wilson – Hamilton
Wendy says she is truly grateful and honoured to have this opportunity to wear the maroon shirt once more.
“Not many people would know I was a QLD state player a few years ago, but my bowls was forced to the backburner after a couple of surgeries and treatment thanks to a tussle with the Big C.”
Wendy has been playing bowls for 12 years after a barefoot bowls family day. “Our daughter was the first to take the greens, then our son and the only time they could play was weekends and didn’t have anyone to skip for them, so I took up the challenge and fell in love with the game.”
Even though Wendy works full-time, she still trains or plays twice a week. “I play more during pennants, Premier League or tournaments, although unfortunately with COVID the past 18 months, lots of bowls has been cancelled.”
Wendy says she’s fortunate to have a few bowls highlights. “Having only been playing for three years, I was best performed female in an open singles event which won me entry to play as the wildcard in the Golden Nugget 2012.” She also won the GC District singles, pairs and fours
in 2015 to become Gold Coast Player of the year. “Probably the most special for me was being selected as a QLD state player 2016,” Wendy said.
Wendy’s aim for the future is to win a State or national title (she’s come close a few times) and in a couple more years would love to wear the green and gold and play for Australia as a senior Jackaroo – over 60’s Trans Tasman.
Lynsey Armitage-Clarke is her bowls hero. “Lynsey is a true champion, gracious, dedicated and amazing ambassador of our sport on and off the green and my mentor is former Australian player and coach Bill Cornehls.”
She’d like to advise all bowlers to “just get out there on the green and enjoy the sport, master small tasks each time you play to improve your game and never stop learning; most of all have fun”.