17 February, 2024

Lowood teen bowler chosen for academy

Lowood-based Dekota Brindle has been among 16 bowlers chosen for this year’s Queensland High Performance Academy squad.

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With eight females and eight males selected, the squad members were chosen from clubs including Algester, Broadbeach, Capalaba, Cunnamulla, Hamilton, Helensvale, Pine Rivers, Roma, South Townsville and Yungaburra.

Factors in Dekota’s selection included playing well at state titles and the Junior State Championships, with last month being the fifth and final time that she competed in the Junior State Championships.

She earned a bronze medal in these championships each year, and also achieved a silver medal on one occasion.

Upon hearing of her selection in the academy squad, Dekota said she was “excited to see what the future will bring”.

“(I hope to) learn new skills and hopefully be looked at for the emerging Jackaroos team,” she said.

Plenty of Zoom calls will take place for the academy squad, while the bowlers play for their clubs in the meantime, before meeting up later in the year.

Dekota, who finished year 12 at Lowood State High School at the end of last year, plays summer bowls competitions in Lowood and plays winter bowls competitions in Hamilton.

She has started a TAFE course to learn how to be a vet nurse, while also continuing her position at a supermarket.

The Queensland High Performance Academy’s development program was launched just over a year ago, catering for a select group of athletes between 15 and 30 years of age.

The program is designed to nurture, educate, mentor, and support the Next Generation of Queensland bowlers with the ambition to represent at the highest level.


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