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June 21, 2012
LSIS Paul Berry
SBLT Kate Carriage has found her touch after her debut in the
green and gold for the Australian lawn bowls team.
Earlier this year she appeared in NAVY NEWS after being selected
in the Australian squad. Continuing her good form, SBLT
Carriage was elevated into the Australian team three weeks before
the Six Nations International Series in Adelaide from May 15-20.
If that's not enough, the talented multi-tasker completed her
Aerospace Engineer Officers' Application Course less than a
week later, on May 25.
One of eight in the Australian Women's Team, SBLT Carriage
played in the pairs, triples and fours to help Australia claim the
overall winner's trophy.
"We had four debut and all of us really stepped up which was
fantastic to see," SBLT Carriage said.
"The first game is hard because you feel the weight of the
world on your shoulders and you've been trying so hard to get
there for so long, so I was very excited to go out there and play
She began her senior international career in spectacular fash-
ion with a comprehensive maiden win against Fiji in the women's
Partnering world number six Kelsey Cottrell, the Aussies hit
their straps early and powered to an 18-8 victory.
"The first one I sent down was a toucher, it landed straight on
top of the jack and I've got video to prove it," she laughed.
"My whole mindset was to just get out there and throw them
down, not think too much about it and just play another game of
bowls, and it worked pretty well.
"Overall I ended up having six games; I won four, lost one by
two shots and drew another."
SBLT Carriage said despite Australia's dominance of the
series, there was still room for improvement within the team
before lawn bowls' pinnacle event -- the 24-nation World
Championships in November.
"Australia made the final of all eight events; the sad part is we
only converted three of those into gold," she said.
"In terms of our dominance we probably should have con-
verted more than 50 per cent and the coaching panel seems to be
at a loss as to what's going wrong."
She said juggling the pressure of national representation with
the demands of her studies had been a challenge.
"It took a lot of work and effort to get there, particularly with
my family and work commitments," she said.
"For the moment I think the best thing for my career is to
enjoy playing a few tournaments and revisit this once I'm out of
my training role and comfortable in my job."
Supporting her Merrylands Bowling Club mates in Sydney is
high on her agenda.
"Work commitments meant I could only contribute to
Australian level priorities, so my club has really missed out, yet
they have remained really supportive," SBLT Carriage said.
"I look forward to being able to put extra time back in playing
pennants and super league with my club.
"I'm really relaxed and happy about the immediate future."
She is already eyeing off her next big tournament, having
qualified for the 2012 Australian Indoor Championships a few
"I won the NSW indoor singles last year and I was runner up
this year, so I go up to Tweed Heads in August for the champion-
ships if I can get the time off work," she said.
"I really hope to take it one step further this time and I'll be
training hard to win."
The winner of the championships goes on to represent
Australia in the Indoor World Cup.
"For the immediate future competing in singles is my goal.
It's a very tactical game, it's very interesting, it's very demanding
and I hope that's where my future lies," SBLT Carriage said.
"For now I've got my Australian cap number, which is 81."
"It says I've played for Australia and I look forward to wear-
ing it again some time in the not too distant future."
Kate caps off good year
BOWLED OVER: Since her return to the sport three years ago, SBLT Kate Carriage has made her
way into the Australian lawn bowls team. Here she competes at the Six Nations International Series in
Adelaide where Australia took out the championship.
Photo: Bowls Australia
NAVY Running Association
members are aiming for greater
achievements and more efficient
running after receiving profession-
al tips at the first running clinic
held over two days at Centennial
Parklands, Sydney in May.
World class athletes and coaches
Greta and Chris Truscott took 12 run-
ners through their paces and covered
training programs and techniques such
as fartlek training, nutrition require-
ments, race preparation and recovery
techniques. A session on barefoot
running with Keith Bateman was well
received as runners were introduced a
new element of training.
Navy Running Association member
LS Glen Gante said the clinic was ben-
eficial for everyone.
"All participants discovered some-
thing new about their running prowess
and have all reinvigorated their passion
for running," LS Gante said.
Navy running will be hosting more clinics
later in 2012. For more information visit
Best foot forward at clinic
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