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February 16, 2012
KATE Carriage has been
known by many names
over the years, but the
queen of the greens is
most notably known these days as
Since bursting back into the
sport of lawn bowls two years
ago, SBLT Carriage has been spin-
ning her way to the top and, on
the way, has gained selection in the
Australian squad. Her next stop is
the Australian Open in Melbourne
starting on February 19.
"I sort of earned the nickname
after we won against the Australian
Squad pairs team at the 2010
Australian Open and I did a cart-
wheel," SBLT Carriage said.
"So now when I win and the
crowd wants one, I give them a
cartwheel -- as long as it is not seen
as an insult to my opposition."
SBLT Carriage took the sport
up when she was 12 after spend-
ing a lot of time watching her
parents bowl. Five years later, in
1998, as Kate McGilp, she won the
Australian junior championship but
the next year gave the sport away.
"Looking back, I quit because I
didn't have the maturity to go from
being at the top in the junior level
to being nothing in the senior level
and I wanted a break.
"I got to thinking about playing
a sport a few years ago and debated
whether I would take up tennis but
my father had given me my bowls
back and my husband David said
'get those bloody bowls out and on
the green'. For once I listened to
him and here I am."
Studying for her Certificate
of Competence in Aerospace
Engineering has also taken up
much of SBLT Carriage's time over
the past four years. She graduat-
ed from ADFA last year with first
class honours and was awarded two
academic and one military award.
She is posted to HMAS
Albatross and is undertaking specif-
ic engineering training at TA-AVN
before consolidating the theory at
816SQN later in the year.
"I was an aircraft maintainer
at 817SQN before commission-
ing, and my husband is a WOAT
at NASPO, so I have been tied to
Albatross for a good part of my
study," she said.
"Juggling bowls, travel, study
and a home life was close to impos-
sible. So returning to the top so
quickly was a great and pleasant
SBLT Carriage, then Kate
Brayne, returned to competition in
2009 and took out the Australian
Mixed Pairs at the 2010 Australian
Open, was runner-up in the
Women's Pairs and a semi-final-
ist in the Women's Triples. Last
year she won the NSW indoor sin-
gles which qualified her for the
Australian indoor championships
where she was knocked out by the
eventual winner, Karen Murphy,
in a thrilling tie-break during the
More recently, SBLT Carriage
was one of two women selected
by Bowls Australia to compete in
the Stewart Buttar Invitational Pairs
held in New Zealand in January.
The Australian squad was
announced around the same time.
"I am really happy with how far
I have come in such a short period,"
SBLT Carriage said.
"Not many people realise what
a big jump it is from club to state
selection and then again to national
"It's a really complex and chal-
lenging sport, which is what I love
"It is by far the most difficult
sport to master and be consistently
Ten female players have been
selected in the Australian squad
which will be cut to eight after the
Australian Sides Championship
at Broadbeach in April. The final
team of five will represent Australia
at the World Championships in
Adelaide in November.
"I will be doing everything in
my power to train hard and remain
in the squad," SBLT Carriage said.
"Given how well I went in the
Open last year, I'm hoping I can
switch off work and switch on to
my game and emulate last year's
She beat all of the English
Commonwealth Games team in
2010 on the way to the finals and
is hoping for a similar performance.
While SBLT Carriage will rep-
resent Merrylands Club in NSW,
she rarely gets to play there these
Work commitments mean she
doesn't compete as much as other
"I don't find the lack of com-
petition a disadvantage because I
think sometimes you can get caught
up with competing and forget about
training. Sometimes you need to
take time out and just focus and
train on the things you need to do
"Luckily for me there are a lot
of current Australian and national
champions around Nowra."
SBLT Carriage is gaining inval-
uable assistance and advice from
world champions Lief Selby and
"Lief and Jeremy have been
great and it's really good compet-
ing against and with the blokes,"
"The men's game tends to be
more strategic and aggressive,
whereas the women play more con-
servatively and strive for perfec-
"My view is if it's less risky
it's a lot less rewarding, but where
there is money involved, and the
prize money is good if you make
the finals, you have to weigh up
which way to go."
In the interim, doing her best
is front and foremost every time
SBLT Carriage hits the greens or
the books at Albatross.
"I would love to be a member
of the Australian team but I don't
strive to make the team," she said.
"I strive to be the best I can and
hopefully that is good enough to
not only make it to Adelaide, but to
win a gold medal also.
"The same goes for the 2014
Commonwealth Games in
After a decade away from the sport, SBLT Kate Carriage is back at the
top of her game, writes Sharon Palmer.
No looking back
for this subbie
WITH the inclusion of women's
sevens rugby in the 2016 Olympics,
Navy rugby has aligned its women's
program with the ARU's focus on 7s.
After competing in and winning the
Jabiru plate at Australia's largest rugby
sevens tournament, the Darwin Hottest
7s, from January 20-22, the Navy wom-
en's team have a busy program ahead.
On February 18, it will compete in
the Queanbeyan 7s and on February
25 the Kiama 7s, which will be used to
select an Australian services squad for
the coming ARU national champion-
ships in Sydney in April.
For more information, contact LEUT Trish
Williams Email: email@example.com
Women focus on sevens tournaments
TOUGH LOVE: LSMED Nikki Furlong, POCIS Nikky Palmer
and CPL Brooke Saunders tackle the opposition at the
Darwin's Hottest 7s.
Photo: AB James Whittle
IN A SPIN: 'Cartwheel Kate' aka
SBLT Kate Carriage is set for
the upcoming Australian Open
(above) to be held in Melbourne
and (inset) practises her moves.
Photos: ABIS Hayley Clarke
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