Gail Crompton selected for team
Australia Post delivered a better Christmas present to Gail Crompton than Santa Claus ever could.
Yesterday morning the Bargara Bowls Club member opened her mailbox to find the letter she had been waiting six years to receive — a letter of acceptance from the Queensland Bowls state team selectors.
“I was just thrilled, I was jumping up and down,” Crompton said.
Crompton will join 11 other Queensland bowlers in the team that contests the Australian Sides Championship in Adelaide in April.
Her selection marked a rapid rise through the ranks for Crompton, who switched from indoor bowls to outdoor six years ago.
“I always wanted to play for Queensland, but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen this year,” she said.
“I knew my play had been steadily improving, but I thought it would be a while before I played for Queensland.”
State selector Betty Andrewartha said the selectors were unanimous in their support for Crompton.
“She picked herself in her form throughout the year,” Andrewartha said.
Crompton’s win in the State Pairs final with Tantitha Bowls Club’s Kurt Brown was one of the key moments that secured her selection in the team, Andrewartha said.
“Selectors had no hesitation that she could play under the pressure of a big state final,” she said.
Her performance in the state final, and others throughout the year, convinced selectors to pick her for a talent identification program on the Gold Coast.
“She showed the selectors and the state coach what she was capable of,” Andrewartha said.
Crompton was selected as a lead or second bowler for the Queensland team.
“She was picked on her bowling ability, but the one thing she showed at the talent identification was that she could be a great team-mate,” Andrewartha said.