Jamie-Lee to take on the Kiwis

JAMIE-LEE Worsnop is one of the best young talents for her age group in lawn bowls.

The teenager has been selected to make her debut for the Australian under-18s girls team at next month's Trans-Tasman series against New Zealand.

The 16-year-old will play in the triples and fours teams at the annual event in Traralgon, Victoria on March 18-20.

She is one of seven debutantes in the national team.

"I am extremely proud to be playing for Australia," Jamie-Lee said.

The Cecil Hills High School year 12 student is a member of St Johns Park Bowling Club.

She trains at the junior bowls academy at St Johns Park Bowling Club each Friday and is coached by Australian player Sharyn Renshaw.

Jamie-Lee said that when Bowls Australia informed her of the selection she was humbled and thrilled.

"I feel very privileged and honoured to be selected in the team," she said.

"My parents Karen and Graham were very happy when I told them of my selection."

Jamie-Lee said her parents' support and guidance has been paramount in helping her achieve lawn bowls goals over the past year.

In 2013, Jamie-Lee won her first gold playing for NSW at the national under-18s titles in Perth in the pairs event with Dawn Hayman.

She was also crowned Bowls NSW's junior female player of the year.

"Last year was a big year and the Australian under-18s team selection makes it all even better," she said.

"A lot of good things have happened to me and they just keep happening."

Bowls Australia national coach Steve Glasson, of Horningsea Park, said the talent pool is growing in the under-18 ranks.

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