by Bowls QLD on February 1, 2024

The Queensland High Performance Academy Squad has been selected for 2024 – the second instalment of the highly successful development Program which was launched in January last year.

Sixteen athletes, from across the State, have been identified to join forces for Season 2 of the Academy which is designed to nurture, educate, mentor, and support the Next Generation of Queensland Superstars who have ambition to represent at the highest level.

The incoming squad will include seven new recruits, in addition to the nine athletes retained from 2023, who will work closely with Academy Manager and Queensland Pathways Coach Lynsey Clarke, as well as Bowls Queensland Coaching Committee Coordinator Alan Thorp.

“We have a wonderfully diverse and talented range of athletes in our Program this year, scattered from the tip of Queensland, all the way down to the South-East corner,” Clarke said, “we are excited to see what the next 12 months brings for them as they embark on this fantastic development opportunity and experience.”

With 2023 being the first year of the Academy initiative, the Program has already provided a platform and pathway for athletes on their representative journeys – with five elevations taking place from within the Squad.  

Congratulations to our 2023 Graduates – Stella Palmer and Dale Mcwhinney Shillington, who were both selected in the National Pathways Squad for 2024; and to Nic Gosley, Amy Evans, and Julia Brownie who have all become Queensland Open Representatives over the past 12 months.

“Our inaugural Academy Program has been an exciting and progressive initiative that has already made great impact with the young Queensland athletes involved in the squad this year,” Thorp said, “we developed strong connections, experienced great learnings, and enjoyed some remarkable success across the board. 2024 will build upon these solid foundations, and aim to provide an enhanced experience for the new squad coming in.”

Congratulations to the incoming Queensland High Performance Academy Squad for 2024:      


Dekota Brindle – Lowood                  

Emma Rowbotham – Yungaburra           

Holly Anderson – Cunnamulla                               

Jacinta Weier – Hamilton                         

Lexie Foot – Northern Beaches Mackay                  

Madi Styles – South Townsville                                

Olivia Rothwell – Northern Suburbs        

Sophie Kiepe – Club Helensvale                         


Brendan Wilson – Pine Rivers

Hayden Leslie – Hamilton

Hayden Oster – Algester

Jack Chirgwin – Algester

John Hammond – Roma

Justin Cribbin – Jubilee

Mitch Mears – Broadbeach

Riley Gerick – Capalaba

For more information on the Queensland High Performance Academy, please visit https://www.bowlsqld.org/queensland-high-performance-academy/ or contact lclarke@bowls.com.au