Girl power

GEORGIA White says she cannot wait to bring girl power to this year's Summerland Series.

The 23-year-old will make history today as the first woman bowler to take part in the pairs tournament at the Cherry Street Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club.

It will be White's first tournament in almost three years, after taking time off to have two children.

Having been granted entry into the event by tournament officials, the Gold Coast player is looking forward to showing her male counterparts a thing or two.

QUEEN OF CLUBS: Georgia White, the first woman bowler to play the Summerland Series at Ballina.
QUEEN OF CLUBS: Georgia White, the first woman bowler to play the Summerland Series at Ballina. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

 

"I am feeling nervous, but I am happy to be playing such a big tournament," she said.

"I hope no-one gives me any grief, but if they do I will let my bowls do the talking."

White will be one of several leading players taking part in the tournament, which has been running for almost 50 years.

The former Queensland state championship winner asked to play after recently returning tothe game following the birth ofher second son.

Tournament officials considered her request and impressive record in the sport before agreeing.

White, who has combined with fellow Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and top Queensland male player Shannon Gittoes for the tournament, said she was happy to bea trailblazer.

"There are no real physical reasons why women shouldn't be as good as the male players," she said.

"Once women start assimilating into the men's game and strategy, then I think women will start to do even better.

"I think the sport needs women to be playing competitively to progress."

The pair are one of 64 teams challenging for honours at the long-running event, which will get under way today and features $11,000 in prizemoney.

White, who took up the game as a 13-year-old, said she was eager to do well at the annual event, which runs until Sunday.

"It would be an absolute dream to do well here," she said.

"I came and watched this tournament as a kid, so it is great to be actually playing it now.

"It will be hard, so we will see how it goes."

Ballina club bowls co-ordinator Kris Lehfeldt said White and her partner had a good chance of starring at the event.

"I definitely think Georgia and Shannon have a chance of winning their section," he said.

"The men will certainly not enjoy playing her.

"This is something we have to do if we are to progress our sport."



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