SHANIA Mills and Jamie-Lee Worsnop are new additions for next year’s Bowls NSW under-18s junior squad.
Jamie-Lee, 16, of Kemps Creek, and Shania, 16, of Green Valley, are members of St Johns Park Bowling club’s junior academy.
Their selection was announced by Bowls NSW following the recent junior city versus country games at Cabramatta Bowling Club.
Their coach, former Australian player Sharyn Renshaw, said both girls deserved selection.
‘‘Shania and Jamie-Lee have worked hard this year developing their skills,’’ she said.
Jamie-Lee has double reason to celebrate. She was named Bowls NSW junior girls player of the year.
‘‘I’m humbled and honoured,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve had a very good year and I’m grateful for the support of my coach Sharyn Renshaw and my family.’’
The Cecil Hills High School year 12 student’s highlights include winning gold at the Australian junior under-18s titles in Perth. She partnered Dawn Hayman in the pairs and won silver as a member of the fours team.
Shania has been with the junior academy the past four years.
Renshaw said both girls have taken their play to new levels. ‘‘Jamie-Lee is an established junior player now,’’ she said. ‘‘Shania has been a good player for the past few years but she’s stepped up to show selectors just how well she can perform.
‘‘They’re a great example for our younger and newer players at the academy.’’
Shania is a year 10 student at James Busby High School, Green Valley. She said making the state squad is a confidence boost. ‘‘I’m thrilled to be in the squad!’’ she said.
Shania said training with Jamie-Lee has sharpened her skills. ‘‘We’re good friends and enjoy playing,’’ she said. ‘‘And Sharyn’s a good coach who’s really helped my game.’’