Short Ends with Kelsey Cottrell

by Bowls Australia

Presented by BCiB Insurance Brokers, Kelsey Cottrell answers the tough questions.

How old were you and why did you first take up bowls:
I was about 12 years old. Mum had started bowling a couple of years before i did so I used to have to go and watch her every Saturday afternoon once tennis had finished. Eventually, I decided to have a go!

First tournament victory:
Junior State Singles (maybe 2003 or 2004)

Toughest Singles opponent:
Jo Edwards. Because she is the benchmark in women’s bowls.

Who has had the most influence on your career:
All my past and present Australian coaches and assistant coaches have helped me improve my game.

Favourite bowler while growing up:
I looked up to Karen Murphy. Would always watch games on ABC.

Funniest Jackaroo teammate:
Lynsey Clarke. Never ceases to make everyone laugh.

Things left on your bucket list:
Growing the family has just been ticked off the list, therefore finish renovating our house, more travelling and become the Marketing Manager for Tennis Australia!

First album you bought:
Not sure but would have been either Spice Girls or Hanson in the late ’90s.

Favourite holiday destination:
Favourite place I’ve been is Egypt but a scary place to holiday regularly! Therefore I’d have to say Hawaii.

Favourite movie:
I was always a sucker for the Notebook.

Favourite TV series:
Was Greys Anatomy but during COVID I’ve watched Rebel Wilson’s comedy show, LOL and it is hilarious!

Favourite band or musician:
I enjoy listening to music but never remember the name of the songs or singers! No favourite.

Jackaroo with the best taste in music:
Ellen Ryan always plays a wide variety of music on the bus!

Favourite carb:
Pasta

Favourite meal after a day on the green:
Steak & vegetables or stirfry.

What meal is your speciality to cook:
Anything that takes less than 30 minutes.

Chocolate in the fridge. Yes or no:
Yes

Milo. Hot or cold:
Don’t drink Milo or even milk!

Pineapple on pizza. Yes or no:
Absolutely

Parma or Parmi:
Parmi

Coriander. Yes or no:
Nope

Cats or Dogs.
Dogs

Who inspires you:
It’s changed over the years, now my daughter inspires me! She’s a clever little cookie and having a child makes problems or worries seem insignificant.

Proudest non-bowls accomplishment:
Becoming a mother.

Most embarrassing childhood memory:
Stuffing up steps in the school musical in the front row.

If you could appear on any reality show, which one would you choose:
The Block

Who would you like to swap places with for a day:
The manager of Serena Williams.

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