LAWN bowls young gun Amelia Bruggy is one of the youngest athletes to represent Victoria at the under-18 national titles.
The Bendigo girl is one of 10 bowlers set to travel to Darwin to compete at the Bowls Australia under-18 championships.
Bruggy, 15, said she was excited to have the chance to play against some of the nation’s best lawn bowlers.
“I was nervous to start with, but now it has sunk in and I am just excited and keen to get out on the greens and compete,” she said.
Bruggy, who moved from Swan Hill to Bendigo at the end of last year to enhance her sporting career, said she was looking forward to the challenge.
“I played state test series and interstate test series before but not at the nationals,” she said.
“It is an awesome an honour and great feeling knowing you are representing the state but also there is that voice in your head saying there are other people who would love to be in your position, so I am really looking forward to stepping up.”
The Catholic College Bendigo student has been playing bowls for the past six years.
She said her performances over the past 12 months meant she was selected in the Victorian team.
Bruggy will be competing in the individual competition and will lead the triples team.
“I hope to get a medal in one of my events, but just to participate is a great achievement,” she said.
Bruggy said she will be in full training mode from now until the championships.
“I am practicing three to four times a week and the Bendigo Bowls Club and I am eating right, exercising and keeping my fluids up to prepare,” she said.
Last weekend, Bruggy competed in the Junior Golden Nugget competition at Tweed Heads, she finished inn sixth position.
The under-18 championships will be held at the Nightcliff Bowling Club in Darwin between September 29 and October 2.