ON A ROLL: Bolivia Millerick from the Caloundra Bowls club is young bowler on the rise.
ON A ROLL: Bolivia Millerick from the Caloundra Bowls club is young bowler on the rise. Warren Lynam

Young star’s doing the hard yards for selection

IN THE win-at-all-costs world of Commonwealth Games contention, Caloundra's Bolivia Millerick is a rare athlete who just wants to make people happy.

Teammates, selectors, opponents - it does not seem to matter; if the people around her are smiling, Millerick is doing her job.

"To be a good bowler you have to be nice to people," the 19-year-old said.

"You can't go around being mean or snobbish because you'll never get selected."

So she is making her mark on national selectors, who have tabbed Millerick as an Australian representative at the highest level.

"She's got a lot of talent," said Sunshine Coast District Ladies Bowling Association executive Helen Doherty.

"But most importantly she's got a great personality. She's a great ambassador for our sport.

"Selectors have identified her as someone who might represent Australia in the Commonwealth Games one day."

Millerick hopes that day will come in four years when the Games arrive on the Gold Coast, and she is doing everything possible to make that dream come true.

While friends are living the "carefree life", Millerick is toiling at Caloundra Bowls Club, where she works behind the bar and trains between shifts.

"I don't have a life; it's just work, train, work, train," she said.

The grind has been paying off, with a series of impressive results confirming Millerick's status as one of the sport's rising stars.

Last week she combined with Commonwealth Games team member Lauren Clarke to help Queensland win the Australian Sides Championships in Tasmania. She hopes to add another highlight to her resume when she joins the Coast's title defence at the District Sides Championships on the Gold Coast.

Millerick yesterday was named alongside Noelene Dutton (Kawana), Mary Geary (Mooloolaba) and Louise Witton (Kawana) in one of the three teams travelling south for next month's event.

The other teams were: Leigh Fortington (Mooloolaba), Emma Brown (Kawana), Margaret O'Rourke (Mooloolaba) and Marilyn Emerton (Mooloolaba); Brenda Balchin (Coolum Beach), Carol Williams (Kawana), Faye Clarke (Kawana) and Jane Bush (Kawana). Reserves: Carole McDonald (Kawana), Wendy Ryan (Coolum Beach)

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