Bowler debuts for Australia

JAMIE-LEE Worsnop is proving to be one of the best young talents for her age group in lawn bowls.

The teenager has been selected to make her debut for the Australian under-18s girls' team at next month's Trans-Tasman series against New Zealand.

Jamie-Lee, 16, a year 12 student at Cecil Hills High School, is one of the rising stars of the sport.

She will play in the triples and fours teams at the annual event in Traralgon, Victoria, from March 18 to 20 and is one of seven debutantes in the national team.

"I am extremely proud to be playing for Australia," Jamie-Lee said.

She trains at the junior bowls academy at St Johns Park Bowling Club every Friday and is coached by Australian player Sharyn Renshaw.

Jamie-Lee said when Bowls Australia informed her of the selection she was humbled and thrilled.

"I feel very privileged and honoured to be selected in the team," she said.

"My parents Karen and Graham were very happy when I told them of my selection."

Jamie-Lee said her parents' support and guidance had been important in helping her achieve lawn bowls goals over the past year.

In 2013, Jamie-Lee won her first gold medal playing for NSW at the national under-18s titles in Perth in the pairs event with Dawn Hayman. She was also Bowls NSW's junior female player of the year.

"Last year was a big year and the Australian under-18s team selection makes it all even better," Jamie-Lee said.

"A lot of good things have happened to me and they just keep happening."

Bowls Australia national coach Steve Glasson, of Horningsea Park, said the talent pool was growing in the under-18 ranks. "Selection in this team . . . is worthy recognition for these young players," he said.

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