Living the dream in Tasmania

By Lachlan Durling

KYABRAM bowls star Liv Cartwright has headed off to Tasmania as part of the Under 18 Victorian squad.

Leaving yesterday, the 14-year-old was one of seven girls selected to represent Victoria alongside seven boys to go head to head with the Tasmanian team at Howra Bowls Club.

And Cartwright had a big day ahead of her, catching an early morning flight — to arrive in Tasmania at 9am — before beginning the three-day competition at 11am.

Speaking to the Free Press before she left, Liv was calm and collected, saying the selection was humbling and that the family had an inkling they’d be making the trip.

“Dad said to me ‘you’ve got a good chance’, Matty Flapper (my coach) spoke to him and said I played really well,” Liv said.

“So when the email came through saying I was selected, we were like ‘oh, here it is’.”

Even if it was expected, Liv said she was excited that her hard work training would pay off. And after one last six-hour intensive on Sunday, it was off to Melbourne and on to a plane to compete.

“Being newbies we’re not too sure what’s going on at this point but we’ll learn once we get down there,” mother Naomi Cartwright said.

“It’s great for her to be playing against people her age (compared to the Under 25 representative squad she’s also a part of).”