Liv and Josh get state nod

February 21, 2018

Olivia and Josh Cartwright at the Kyabram Bowls Club.

THE Cartwright family is going to have a busy season.

Olivia and Josh Cartwright have been invited to join the Under 18 Victorian Lawn Bowls squad, which meets in Melbourne this weekend.

For 13-year-old Olivia, this is in addition to competing in the Under 25 competition, which enters the finals series also in Melbourne this weekend.

But 11-year-old Josh will have his first taste of being a state representative.

Their mother, Naomi Cartwright, said the family was ecstatic when they heard the news.

“We’re not too sure what it all entails at this point, we only had the message come through on Saturday night but it’s really exciting news to have them selected,” she said.

“So this weekend Liv will be competing (at the Under 25 championships) in Burwood and we’ll stop by Sunbury on our way home.”

She said it came as a surprise the children were selected at such a young age.

“They played in the Ted King memorial match at Strathmerton and we think the selectors picked up on the way the kids carried themselves,” she said.

“Liv’s already playing against people a bit older but for Josh, he’s 11, and so competing against 18-year-olds means there’s a fair age gap.

But they’re both committed and are really looking forward to doing it.”

The sibling duo will learn from Matt Flapper and Curtis Henley at regular trainings in Melbourne.

“This time of year is especially hectic, it’s a big commitment and so we’ll see how we go heading down a couple of times a month,” Naomi said.

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