Australia’s lawn bowlers hope patches of grass in Queensland will help unlock gold medals in England’s west midlands.
Australia will send an 18-strong lawn bowls team to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games starting in late July.
And a key part of their build-up to the Games is in steamy Mount Tamborine in south-east Queensland.
Australia’s lawn bowlers are training on greens at Mount Tamborine which have been created to mirror the slower, heavier greens at Birmingham’s Leamington Spa bowling club
“The preparation for the lawn bowls team has come down to replicating almost the exact green conditions they will be playing on at Leamington Spa,” Australia’s chef de mission Petria Thomas said on Friday.
Australia’s lawn bowls team is a combination of past Commonwealth Games gold medallists and 11 Games debutants.
Victorian Aaron Wilson is seeking consecutive men’s singles gold medals after his triumph at the Gold Coast Games in 2018.
Tasmania’s Rebecca Van Asch is also eyeing back-to-back gold medals after her dual successes on the Gold Coast when victorious in the women’s triples and women’s fours.
“The Gold Coast Games were an incredible moment for me, winning two golds with my teammates,” Van Asch said.
Women’s pairs gold medallist from the 2006 Melbourne Games, Lynsey Clarke, is also on the Birmingham team announced on Friday.
She will be joined by Para-bowlers Jake Fehlberg and his father Grant, who struck gold on the Gold Coast in the men’s B2/B3 mixed pairs events.
“For dad and me, winning gold on the Gold Coast … was an awesome experience,” Jake said.
“It’s great to be heading to our second Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and it’s pretty cool to be going to the Games and experiencing it all with dad.”