Stef is making a name for herself
STEF CSELKA is quickly making a name for herself in lawn bowls after successfully competing in the CHS girls singles and pairs championships at Warilla (Shellharbour).
The 16-year-old from Evans River took silverin the singles and gold in the pairs with Oak Flats student Stacey Ferguson.
Since starting the sport in 2005, Stef is ‘stoked that I’ve made it this far playing against very competitive girls from across the State’.
“And I guess those players are the reason I’ve come this far,” she said.
She made the final four in the singles, going down to the eventual winner in the last end of a tie-break, before taking the pairs by one shot.
Named player of the championships, Stef was selected in the NSW CHS State girls team. NSW CHS representation is the highest sporting honour for a student in the State.
NSW State convenor of lawn bowls Gavin Holburn said Stef and Stacey Ferguson supported each other well in the pairs.
“Based on what she produced at Warilla, Stef is well on the way to gaining a place in the NSW open representative women’s side,” he said.
Her reaction to the (Holburn) comments was simply: “Wow! That is so awesome. My goal is to get as far as I can in the sport. But we need more girls competing in lawn bowls – we seem to be out-numbered.”
Her achievements include competing in the 2009 Junior Golden Nugget at Tweed Heads as one of the top 16 girls in Australia, and playing in the City v Country Championships.
She will now compete in the CHS Lawn Bowls Interstate Exchange at Port Macquarie next month.