5 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Garden to Represent Nation at Bowls Champs

ONE of Zimbabwe's top bowlers, Roy Garden, has been selected to represent the country in the World In-door Bowls Championships set for April in Australia. The championships, which will feature both men and women, have been slated for April 7-18 at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club, in Sydney.

Garden yesterday said he will give his best shot at the tournament.

"I am very happy to be given this chance. I have been training hard, doing physical drills that also included swimming and cycling.

"I am glad that the board selected me."

Garden is hoping to use the national championships as part of his preparations.

He will join Tom Craven, Clive Robertson, Manuel Silva, Richie Hayden, and Kevin McGeoch in the nationals.

"I believe that it will be a good start for the season as I have a number of competitions lined up.

"Hopefully, I will pick myself up after the World Championships last year where I did not do very well.

"I will try and give my best shot and put Zimbabwe back on the map.

"The Championships was a big learning curve for most of the players," said Garden.

Meanwhile, All the bowling clubs across the country are expected to resume their season next week.

And, in preparation for that, they will play social club matches tomorrow.

The bowlers are scheduled to take part in the CABS Mixed Pairs competition, which is expected to start on January 12 at Avondale Sports Club, and run for six weeks.

Debbie Robertson and Colin Robertson are the current champions.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will play at the World Bowls Champion of Champions singles to be held at Burnside bowling club in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The competition, which has been scheduled for November 25 to December 1, will have both men and women bowlers taking part.

Craven and Garden are the two bowlers who have been selected by the board to represent Zimbabwe at the event.

Zimbabwe will face countries like England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and hosts New Zealand.

Other African teams are yet to confirm their participation.

England will be represented by Amy Truran and Tom Bishop while Wales will be represented by Jess Williams and Robert Weale.

Garden believes he has enough time to prepare for the competition.

"I am confident that I will do well, I have had enough time to prepare and get ready for the event," said Garden.

"Both my parents used to be good bowlers in this country and they inspired me."

Craven, who has also secured her place in the ladies section after winning the nationals' tournament last year, said she was looking forward to the big event.

"I am happy that I am going for the competition, It was a dream come true at the nationals," said Craven.

"I trained hard, it was really tough but I gave it my best shot on the greens and my hard work has paid off as I will be representing the country in New Zealand."

Craven's mother, Patricia Landman, used to be one of the Zimbabwe's best bowlers.

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