Blossoming Cottrell on a roll after Noosa start
NOOSA-TEWANTIN Bowls Club chairman John Pullham says the success of Commonwealth Games medallist Kelsey Cottrell is a wonderful advertisement for his club.
Cottrell rolled her first bowl at the Noosa-based club and spent several years there under the watchful eye of coach Rick Dickson.
Her superb talents were obvious from the start with the Coast bowler displaying a prowess for bowls that belied her years. She quickly progressed through the Noosa ranks to become a leader of the club in her early teens. Her first major breakthrough came in 2009 when she won the World Champion of Champions title at the tender age of 18.
She went on to win bronze at the Delhi Commonwealth Games before going one better to claim silver last week in Glasgow.
Pullham said the club was beyond proud of the 23-year-old's stellar career.
"She has done so well and we are just so happy with everything she has achieved and have kept a watchful eye on her," he said.
"To know she started out here under Rick Dickson, who had a big hand in getting her to the next level, says a lot about the club.
"She is still so young and has the ability to do anything she wants."
After blossoming into a champion bowler, Cottrell was offered decent money to change allegiances and play for other clubs.
Pullham said there were no hard feelings about her departure several years ago.
"She was so good and to have money thrown at you, well, you have to take it and we all understand that she had to do that to become the best bowler she could be," he said. "Just knowing this club had a hand in her developing into the wonderful bowler she is makes us all happy. It is a great thing for our club."
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