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Eat Breathe Live program supported by Council

Ashley Schipper

A healthy eating and lifestyle program developed by Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman to potentially be delivered at local schools has been supported by Bundaberg Regional Council.

The Eat Breathe Live program focuses on nutrition, metabolism and losing weight through breath.

Bundaberg local Ruben is the brains behind the initiative, teaching students about how to make conscious choices about the food they eat to help reduce weight and live a healthy lifestyle.

The objective of Ruben’s work is to improve health outcomes and reduce obesity rates by improving knowledge of science and health literacy.

“We are going to teach Bundaberg primary school children that food comes back out of your body as carbon dioxide, which has never been done anywhere in the world,” he said.

“The big question is what impact is that going to have on them in the long term?

“In the short term they are going to love learning about it because it fascinates them, and in the long term it will increase their understanding of nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle.

“It might also, I suspect, increase the participation in STEM subjects going from grade 10 to grade 11 and 12 – fingers crossed as that’s all part of the experiment!”

Ruben is a proud Bundaberg local and said there was no better place for him to spread his Eat, Breathe, Live message.

“It’s so exciting and there are so many good little spin offs that will happen here – it’s not just the school kids I want to teach, it’s their parents and grandparents and everyone,” he said.

At last week's meeting, Bundaberg Regional Council voted to support the project and its rollout to local schools with a funding commitment of $30,000.

The funds are contingent upon securing equal or greater State, Federal or other funding.

Eat Breathe Live promotes healthy lifestyles

Mayor Jack Dempsey said Ruben's work and research aligned with Bundaberg Regional Council's coordinated approach to promoting healthy lifestyles.

“This wonderful initiative from our very own Surfing Scientist falls in line with Council's Building a Healthy Bundaberg Alliance which is made up of more than 30 local health and wellbeing organisations working towards a goal of making our region healthier and happier,” he said.

“We live in iconic Queensland and there’s no better location than the Bundaberg Region to take advantage of a healthier lifestyle while learning more about what we put into our bodies.

“It’s fantastic to see other people within our community, like Ruben, providing education in how we can further take charge of our health to live a more positive life.”

Ruben said he was thrilled to have the support of Bundaberg Regional Council for his Eat Breathe Live project.

“The funding is the launchpad for this, it is going to take a couple of years, but it’s invaluable and the spark that it needs to set the blaze going,” he said.

“I am really proud of being able to do this in my hometown.”

Bundy softball stars to shine in Aussie Diamonds

Megan Dean

Two young Bundaberg softball players are heading to Canada in the Australian Diamonds team with the international competition opening pathways to Olympic selection.

Brothers United’s Chelsea Zunker, 17, and Across the Waves’ Hannah Leggett, 18, were both named in the Under 18 Aussie Diamonds development team when it was announced by Softball Australia earlier this year.

The athletes selected in the Under 18 team will participate in the Canada Cup, alongside the Aussie Spirit team and the Spirit Development team.

The Bundy duo were selected following after their team won the National Championships undefeated.

The Aussie Diamonds Development Tours provide emerging softballers aged 12 to 19 with an insight into what to expect at an elite level.

This month the Aussie Diamonds head overseas to compete at the Canada Cup Futures Tournament from June 20-26.

While they’ve both represented their state, this is the highest level of selection for both girls and Hannah said it meant the world to her.

“I literally was lost for words, I think I was crying for like an hour when I found out,” Hannah said.

“It's really important to me because my goal is the Olympic team.

“And now that all this new program has come in with Softball Australia … my hopes are high.”

A skilled outfielder, Hannah recently transitioned from right-handed to left-handed batting which she said had already made her more confident around the diamond.

“I hope to aim for the next [Olympics], but I have a lot of work to do because I've just transitioned to left-handed.

“I still have one-two years before I actually like start hitting properly left-handed, so it feels natural.”

Aussie Diamonds softball experience a first

Chelsea, who is a pitcher, is looking forward to the experience she will gain at the Canada Cup – including her first overseas flight!

“I think I have a pretty good rise ball, which is pretty effective when it's working well and my speeds kind of differ, which can throw batters off,” Chelsea said.

“I just want to learn a heap of new stuff and kind of get closer with all the other girls from the other states.”

Hannah was also looking forward to observing a higher level of game play at the Aussie Diamonds international softball event.

“In America, softball is really big and I'm hoping to study the game in a more technical way over there,” Hannah said.

“It's just amazing knowing you're going over there and there's all these like USA coaches and athletes and Olympic players that we're going to be versing, let alone, like, playing with, which it just blows my mind every time I think about it.”

Both girls have participated in different sporting codes throughout their lives.

For Chelsea, a strong family connection led her to softball.

“My whole family has played, they play softball on my mum's side,” she said.

“I've played a heap of other sports before I came to softball and I don't know why, because I didn't stick with any of them.

“But for some reason I stuck with softball.

“And maybe it's just in my blood, I guess.”

Hannah and Chelsea agreed that the local softball community played a role in seeing them both play locally for more than 10 years.

“I think everyone's just very supportive, very understanding of everything,” Chelsea said.

“And even with getting us over there, we've had raffles and fundraisers and everyone's just been so helpful to help us get over there.”

Hannah said she’d played other sports but nothing beat the atmosphere of softball.

“It's a more accepting community here, which I fell in love with at like ten years old.

“And that's probably why I kept playing.”

It’s that supportive atmosphere which made the transition from opponents to teammates easy for the pair.

“We were always teammates for rep teams like leading up to club so I think it's actually more weird playing against each other than it is playing together,” Chelsea laughed.

“I can stand in the batter's box and Chelsea can be pitching to me and I could just literally just give her a smile and she smiles straight back,” Hannah added.

“[Even then] we're not ‘versing’ each other, we're playing with each other.”

They’re not the only Bundaberg names to make the selection list, with local police inspector Anne Vogler named as the Under 18 Aussie Diamonds softball coach for the Canada Cup.

IP@K students reap benefits of hands-on learning

Ashley Schipper

Students involved in the Integrated Pathways at Kepnock (IP@K) program are reaping the benefits of one-on-one learning with local businesses and producers.

The inaugural program was launched in April with 10 student participants in Year 8 signed up to take part in one day per week of IP@K lessons across a 12-week roster.

The aim is to give disengaged youth an alternative pathway to education, featuring interactive learning with industry mentors.

Kepnock State High School Year 8 coordinator Danni Hibbert said the program was at the halfway mark and was already proving to be popular with those involved.

“The IP@K pilot has been received with great enthusiasm from participating students and industry mentors,” she said.

“Industry participants have been showing students all the different aspects involved in farming from agronomy, sustainability, and technological advancements.

“Feedback from students involved in the pilot has been extremely positive and we have also been contacted by many students and their families who would love to be involved in IP@K moving forward.”

Danni said the program was teaching knowledge, skills, and confidence through hands-on learning in authentic settings with a range of industry leaders on board.

“Year 8 students who have been meeting with agricultural industry representatives from Greensill Farming, Peirson Farms, Regional Drone Solutions, Macadamias Australia and Macadamia Farm Management,” she said.

“The final weeks of the pilot will see students preparing healthy meals using local produce before embarking on food production in the hospitality industry.”

Benefits for both IP@K students and industry leaders

Danni said not only were students loving their new learning environment, statistics were also showing positive results.

“Since implementation of the IP@K program there has been a measured 90 per cent improvement in student behaviour,” she said.

“Students who didn’t know each other have now made connection and said that IP@K has made them feel connected to something bigger.

“We have seen great improvements in the students’ self-confidence and ability to engage positively with participating industry.”

Danni said the IP@K program was a whole-of-community initiative and local businesses were an integral part of the success of the pilot.

“We have been greatly humbled by the amount of support from the Bundaberg community,” she said.

“As IP@K is an integrated program, we plan to incorporate hospitality, tourism and many other industries moving forward.

“Overall IP@K has been a rewarding, proactive and community focused success!”

IP@K is a joint initiative of Bundaberg Regional Council, Kepnock State High School and industry mentors.

Tourism industry to host careers expo

Georgia Neville

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) will visit the Bundaberg Region to facilitate a number of career-based activities, engaging local students and job seekers in tourism industry careers.

The Bundaberg Schools Come ‘N’ Try Day and Bundaberg Careers Market are part of the regional roadshow to be held on Thursday 16 June, with the Virtual Career Expo to take place on Thursday 23 June.

Queensland Industry Tourism Council Project Officer Olivia Wyles said the careers market provided a great opportunity to showcase the range of career pathways available within the industry.

“The Roadshow is a fantastic opportunity to learn about why you should take your next career step into tourism or hospitality,” Olivia said.

“With the borders open and the industry booming, now is a better time than ever to grab hold of some fantastic training and career opportunities and join an industry that could take you wherever you want to go.”

The day is made up of two session times, one for schools and students, with another for job seekers of any age.

“Students and jobseekers are invited to attend the Roadshow, the schools part of the day will run from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm and we ask that teachers register for this,” Olivia said.

“For jobseekers, we will be holding a Career Market from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm at the TAFE Queensland Campus in F Block, no need to register, just bring your best elevator pitch and resume.

“The Roadshow is unique in the way that it allows students and jobseekers an almost one-on-one connection with leading industry employers and a behind-the-scenes insight into the sector.”

A number of local tourism organisations will be in attendance as part of the roadshow including Macadamias Australia, Visitor Information Centres, Mon Repos Turtle Centre, BUSY At Work, TAFE Queensland, Bundaberg Barrell, and others.

Olivia said the aim of the career events was to ensure that job seekers had an understanding of the different options available within the tourism industry.

“The aim of the career market is to promote a career within the tourism and hospitality industry,” she said.

“It is often perceived to be ‘a job you do until you get a real job’ and when asked to give an example of a tourism career, students will only recall flight attendant or tour guide as there is a general lack of understanding about the breadth of the industry and possibilities available.”

The interactive activities available to students will assist in showcasing exactly what the different roles within the industry may entail.

“QTIC’s Roadshow is a fun and interactive day that showcases various aspects of the tourism and hospitality industry, allowing all participants to receive genuine advice and take part in hands on activities,” she said.

“We also aim to support the industry through the current workforce shortage by connecting them with a focused and qualified talent pool.”

In addition to the careers market, there is a virtual career expo that will allow the opportunity for job seekers to register to chat with employers and hear from QTIC.

“The Virtual Career Expo is quite simply, a traditional Career Expo converted into an online platform. You can register to chat live with employers, peruse the jobs board, watch a live webinar or speak directly with QTIC about the industry,” she said.

“It is a great opportunity to search for and find your next job without leaving the house.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Council's Career Roadshow is designed to showcase, promote, and bring a sense of excitement back to the tourism and hospitality industry in the eyes of Queensland's next generation of workers.

You can find out more about the opportunities here.

Bastien uncovers face of hacker at Hinkler series

Ashley Schipper

While technology advancements continue to shape the world, hackers are finding even more ways to infiltrate cyber space and steal from businesses, corporations and everyday people.

Just ask Bastien Treptel who at just 14 years old was a self-proclaimed “hacker” using his skillset to take information from people's credit cards so he could buy himself pizza.

While he admitted it wasn't malicious work, it still got him into strife with law enforcement.

It was also a period of his life that has shaped his career today.

“At 14 years old I got in trouble with the police for hacking,” he said.

“Now, things are quite the opposite and I am using my skillset to help protect businesses from hackers.”

Bastien is the co-founder of CTRL Group, Australia’s progressive information security firm, protecting businesses from cyber risk.

On 23 June he will present at the ninth Hinkler Innovation Series breakfast and will delve into topics including cybersecurity, connectivity and his own involvement in the hacking sphere.

With operations in Singapore, Thailand and Australia, CTRL Group is on a mission to safeguard organisations from brand and reputational damage, as well as increasing public awareness about the importance of cybersecurity to their financial and personal wellbeing.

Bastien said he wanted to inspire everyone to appreciate security as it continued to become a much-needed accessory in a hyper-digital world.

Bastien talks cybersecurity methodology at Hinkler Innovation Series

As part of his work, Bastien has developed a progressive security methodology to enable CTRL Group clients to achieve a respectable level of cyber maturity, effectively helping them mitigate critical risks posed to their stakeholders and shareholders.

“I work with many big organisations where I hack into their systems to find out just how secure they really are,” he said.

“Essentially we get paid to break in and steal from large corporations so they can better understand their own cyber security and the risks involved.”

Bastien is also the host of the CyberHacker podcast series which has achieved over 100,000 subscribers and is currently in production for Season 2.

He said he was looking forward to discussing cyber security and the hacking phenomenon to participants of the Hinkler Innovation Series breakfast.

“You will find out the real face of the hacker,” he said.

“You might be surprised who hackers are, how nice they can be but also how extortionately evil they can be.”

Bastien will speak at this year's 2022 Hinkler Innovation Series breakfast at the Bundaberg Multiplex, 1 Civic Avenue, on Thursday 23 June from 6.45 am to 9 am.

Buy tickets here.

Flourish event promotes child and family health

Ashley Schipper

The upcoming Flourish Family Fun Day will not only be an opportunity to enjoy a social day out at Boreham Park, it will also provide the community with plenty of information about child and family health.

Child health nurse Lucia Wadsworth said there would be stalls available on the day to inform new and not-so-new parents about the support available from the Margaret Rose Centre and beyond.

“I am a child health nurse at the Margaret Rose Centre which sits under Community Family Health as part of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service,” she said.

“We provide families support with parenting and child development.

“Within our service we have child health nurses, early intervention parenting specialists and school-based positions including prep nurses and high school nurses.”

Luci said those services and more would be highlighted at the Flourish Family Fun Day so parents could find out all they needed to know about what was available to them.

She said the event would also be a great opportunity to mingle in a time where social distancing had become the norm.

“One of the things highlighted with Covid is a lot of people felt quite isolated,” Luci said.

“It was a really tough time, especially for new parents.

“Getting out for Flourish is an excellent opportunity to meet people because those connections that you make when your children are young are such an important part of life.”

Flourish Family Fun Day is an annual Bundaberg Regional Council event that is aimed at getting families together while promoting local services.

This year's theme is Trash to Treasure and will focus on recycling, upcycling and everything pre-loved.

Features of the 2022 Flourish Family Fun Day will also include the Welcome Baby ceremony and Teddy Bear Picnic.

The event will take place at Boreham Park on Thursday 30 June from 9 am to midday.

Find out more here or register for Welcome Baby here.

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Pene uses skills to sew turbans for cancer patients

Ashley Schipper

Boolboonda Hall Quilters member Penelope Mahoney has used her sewing skills to create more than 250 turbans for cancer patients in the Bundaberg Region and beyond.

The avid sewer said it was her way of helping others who were going through hardship, which was something she had experienced herself in the past.

“Out of the five of us in my family, all of us got some form of cancer except for my mother,” she said.

“I had bowel cancer and my two brothers and father all had prostate cancer.

“Making these turbans is a way of helping out the community, if you see someone struggling, you help if you can.”

Pene said she had been an avid sewer for many years and started the Boolboonda Hall Quilters organisation in 2007 in the hope to get others involved in sewing.

“Every month we meet at the hall for a weekend of sewing,” she said.

“People come from all over – Monto, Calliope, Maryborough – and they bring their caravans, it is a really great time.”

When she is not quilting with her group, Pene said she was busy making turbans which were donated to the Cancer Council Queensland and various hospitals.

“I started making the turbans a while ago now and it all began after I attended a Cancer Council morning tea,” she said.

“The people attending were talking about how during the summer time, turbans were much better to wear because wigs could get quite hot.

“They had one there that somebody had made so I used that as my pattern and it went from there.

“I think I have made about 250 turbans since then!”

Pene said whipping up a turban was something she had perfected and with the right material, could take a matter of minutes to create.

“I can do four turbans in about 20 minutes but it all comes down to the fabric,” she said.

“It has to be stretch fabric so it can be tied up around the head.”

Pene said she was always looing for more material to keep her turban-making going.

Donations of stretch fabric can be made to the Gin Gin Community Hub on Dear Street or the Cancer Council Queensland Office at 41 Woongarra Street, Bundaberg.

Local Geoff Blackwell releases first novel

Georgia Neville

Bargara resident Geoff Blackwell has always had a passion for writing, and while he is an optometrist by trade, has spent much of his spare time over the past five years creating his new novel.

Geoff recently published The Four Baristas of the Apocalypse which follows his characters on a camping trip that ultimately leads to their fate in becoming the Earth's last defenders after an alien invasion.

He said the novel took him about two years to write and was inspired by his love for similar genres.

“As a long-term fan of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, I'd always wanted to write something in the genre of humorous science fiction, and as I'm also a long-term fan of coffee, an alien invasion story with baristas as the heroes seemed to make sense,” Geoff said.

“After all, if a good cup of coffee can save your day then it stands to reason a barista could save the world.

“It took me about two years to write the story, although it would have been faster if I had not become distracted by writing another book along the way.”

The novel has received such success that Geoff was invited to pitch it to producers for screen adaptation at the Gold Coast Film Festival.

“The pitches took place at the Gold Coast Film Festival in April, however due to work commitments I unfortunately could not make it in person and instead pitched via Zoom,” he said.

“Two of the producers have requested the full manuscript to read and I'm currently waiting on their responses.”

Not only did Geoff pitch the novel for screen adaptation, but he also received a Watty Award on the Wattpad site.

The Watty Awards are held each year to help writers progress their careers.

“The book won a Watty award on the Wattpad writing website in 2018 and I was one of 60 winners out of approximately 360,000 entries, which was a significant moment for me,” Geoff said.

“It bolstered my self-belief and helped me feel I was making progress on this whole writing thing.”

Geoff said he had other books in the pipeline that he was hoping would also be published in the future.

“I have written three other novels so far, and one of them is currently in development with an Australian publisher,” he said.

“It's a fantasy adventure for younger readers called The Blade.”

The Four Baristas of the Apocalypse is targeted to adult readers, although Geoff believes those in their teens would also enjoy the book.

“The novel is targeted towards adult readers, but apart from the whole end of the world, it's quite family friendly,” he said.

“I'd like to think anybody 12 and up should hopefully get most of the jokes.”

The book is available locally at Dymocks bookstore and can also be bought on Amazon in both paperback and eBook formats.

You can find out more about the book here.

Malki Studio Brisbane exhibit highlights regional talent

Georgia Neville

Local business Malki Studio has taken a curated selection of artisan jewellery to the city, opening an exhibition at Artisan gallery in Brisbane’s King Street.

The opportunity to exhibit in Brisbane has been supported by Bundaberg Regional Council and a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Quick Response Grant.

Artisan is Queensland’s foremost gallery for art, craft, and design and is located in the CBD.

Malki Studio is a local family business is made up of Ariella, Adam and Lia Andersen, who are proud to call the Bundaberg Region home and hoped to put the region on the map by exhibiting at the Brisbane-based gallery.

Adam said the opportunity to exhibit in Brisbane not only provided the chance for the brand to showcase its art, but also showcase the talent based in the Bundaberg Region.

“As a collective of regional artists, Malki Studio has used the opportunity to exhibit in Brisbane as a chance to demonstrate to galleries such as Artisan and their network that Bundaberg is a destination for cultural tourism, raising metropolitan awareness of the value of regional art,” Adam said.

“Honoured to be regional artists who have been selected for the first feature of Artisan Collects, we have been tasked with the responsibility to create new work of a high calibre that is specifically tailored for this project and space.”

Malki Studio Brisbane exhibit features unique works

Over 40 different artworks have been created for the exhibition, with the family working on putting the project together for more than a year.

“The Artisan Collects exhibition is comprised of 48 Malki Studio artworks including one-of-a-kind and limited-edition rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and brooches, as well as more sculptural and unusual items such as ceramic armours and even a mouth ornament,” Adam said.

The Artisan gallery has opened its doors to the Artisan Collects project which showcases a range of new makers.

“Artisan Collects is a new venture that aims to introduce artworks by specific makers to new audiences and clientele, with the intention of enticing Artisan’s customers to become art collectors who repetitively invest in brands such as ours,” Adam said.

“It is hoped the opportunity for Malki Studios to exhibit in Brisbane will increase recognition and exposure of the brand, while also creating new networks and potential expansion markets.”

Malki Studio already has strong connections with Bundaberg Regional Galleries with a collaboration on International Women's Day 2022 and an art installation by Adam Andersen planned for The Vault at the end of this year. 

Jewellery by Malki Studio is also available for purchase through the Gallery Shop.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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In Our Garage: Stephen Schreiber's 1997 HS3 Bon Trike

Stephen's three-seater trike, nicknamed "the old girl", is a proud project that he enjoys taking out for a spin.

Tell us about your trike?

The Trike is a 1997 HS3 Bon-Trike.

We purchased it in 1998 and it had 4181 kilometers on the clock.

Since then the speedo has been around the clock twice, and it's clocking up 72,000 kilometers again.

How much work have you put into it?

We've rebuilt the VW motor in it twice and on the last rebuild, the engine block cracked so it was time to source a different engine.

Subaru was the one that we picked.

It's a two litre, it's fuel injected and it doesn't have a distributor.

I don't have to do tappets or anything like that.

Everything is controlled by the computer.

I just jump on, turn the key, she starts and off we go.

What condition is it in?

The fibreglass body is showing its age with the shine that has disappeared off it, but if you get enough sunlight on it the old girl still shines.

When we first bought the trike it was a two seater, which was one seat for the rider and one seat for the passenger.

So I purchased a three seater body, that was back in 2000.

Went through all the paperwork and everything, got the body fitted and it's been on ever since.

What are you towing?

Since the wife and I started travelling, we needed something so we started off with a canvas type camper and that was alright for a few years.

Then everybody started building these little miniature caravans.

I did an apprenticeship as cabinet maker, which helped.

I built one and it's been on the road now for about six years.

It's good, it's fully insulated.

It has a stove and fridge and everything in the back with the food queen size bed inside.

I've got wide angle mirrors and I can see down the side.

Do you get away in it often?

We have an AGM once a year and that's anywhere in Australia because United Trikers Australia is an Australian-wide club.

So six weeks ago we were in Tasmania, racing around down there.

I think we had around 40 trikes, which sort of equates to about 80 people.

It's just a good time to catch up with all the other members that are in the different states and I really look forward to it.

Our next one is in Barmera in South Australia.

To have your vehicle featured in In Our Garage contact email us at news@bundabergnow.com

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Connie bowled over by Commonwealth Games news

Ashley Schipper

Bundaberg woman Connie Rixon will be bowling her way to Birmingham after being selected to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The local lawn bowls star will be part of Team Malta and also includes her mum and sister as they take on the best in the world next month.

It's already been a whirlwind sporting career for the 25-year-old, who said the 2022 games was the second she had been selected for over the years.

“I felt incredibly honoured, proud and excited all at once,” Connie said.

“This will be my second appearance at a Commonwealth Games with my first having been at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where our ladies fours team secured a bronze medal.

“There’s truly no better feeling than being told you will be representing your country, and to make it all the more special, both my mum and sister were selected as part of the team as well.”

Connie said having her family share in the experience was something special and the lawn bowls journey had been one that they had all taken part in together from the beginning.

“It all started with my mum wanting coaching lessons so that she would be able to win against my Dad at our next family Christmas barefoot bowls competition,” she said.

“From the moment we arrived at the bowls club for Mum's training session we were greeted by the club's coaches and offered the opportunity to try the game ourselves.

“This eventually lead to weekly Saturday morning coaching and we haven’t stopped since.”

Connie is a member of Bargara Bowls Club where she trains on afternoons and weekends.

“We are also blessed with a number of friendly bowls clubs around the region like Burnett Bowls Club, Across The Waves and East Bundaberg Bowls Club where I often spend time training,” she said.

“The conditions we expect to play in Birmingham are very different to what we have in Australia and depending on the conditions, all of these clubs have helped aide my training.”

Connie to represent Team Malta at Commonwealth Games

At the 2022 Commonwealth Games Connie said she would proudly represent Team Malta in the ladies lawn bowls disciplines, Pairs and Fours, alongside her mum, sister and fellow bowler Irene Attard.

“Since 2017 I have been very privileged to don the Maltese Lawn Bowls Association uniform,” she said.

“I look forward to being able to step back into this role and represent our country at such a prestigious event.”

Connie said the Commonwealth Games selection reinforced her passion for lawn bowls.

“I love the people, the strategy and the fact that bowls is a great sport that can be enjoyed by the entire family!” she said.

“All generations are able to be involved no matter the age and throughout my bowls career, I have been able to experience many events alongside my family.

“I’ve also been able to meet people from travelling to various bowls competitions, with some now lifelong friends.

“It is a very social sport and one that I recommend everyone tries, no matter their age.”