Kelsey Cottrell

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Q1: Full name:

Kelsey May Cottrell

Q2: Nickname:

Kelso

Q3: How did you get involved in your sport?

I took up Lawn Bowls a couple of years after my mum did.

Initially I thought it was for older people and at the time my mum was the youngest member of the club. My attitude changed when I saw other people my own age playing and as soon as I started I was hooked!

Q4: How often do you train a week & when do you get time off during the year?

 I train two days a week. I also use smaller events and tournaments as training, practising skills in a game situation.

The Australian Jackaroos also have a minimum weekly physical training requirement which we lodge on an App.

I generally don’t have any events on in July, and come Christmas time I have 4 weeks off. For the rest of the year there is always an event on whether it be a club, district, state, national or international event.

We also have trials and camps with the Australian Squad in the lead up to our benchmark events.

Q5: Do you have a special routine or superstition before competing?

No i don’t have any superstitions and I’ve always been like that. I’m very chilled out prior to games.

Q6: Favourite sport – outside of your own?

I’m a Tennis tragic; I stay up late watching all the Grand Slams. I also love watching AFL because of the amazing atmosphere in every game!

Q7: Do you follow a particular diet?

I’m currently pregnant; due August 10. I’ve never followed a particular diet but now I’m eating for two I’m more conscious of eating healthier and drinking a lot more water.

I’ve been eating a lot of fruit. No weird cravings yet either!

Q8: Have you overcome serious injury or other set-backs?

I’ve been very lucky over the years to stay healthy. The good thing about bowls is it’s a low impact sport and rarely would anyone suffer an injury whilst competing.

When I played Tennis i was injury prone because I was far too competitive!

Q9: What about GC2018 excites you?

I’ve competed at two Commonwealth Games but have never had my family there watching.

Having the Commonwealth Games being played in my backyard is exciting because family, friends and a whole heap of Australians will be in the crowd cheering the Jackaroos on.

Q10: One question you get asked too often? 

Isn’t Lawn Bowls an old person’s sport? In all honesty I don’t get asked that question as often as I used too because I think the stereotype has been challenged over the years.

The Australian team is really young and barefoot bowls is such a popular pastime for people of any age.

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