National honour for Pearson pair

The dreams of local Mount Gambier indoor bowlers Fiona Pearson and Keisha Pearson have come true after being selected in the Australian Indoor Bias Bowls team.

The Pearson pair were selected from three days of intense trials in Ballarat where they had to play in front of Australian selectors.

Fiona and Keisha’s main challenge was to convert their play from a standard 30ft carpet to the international 24ft carpet.

But this suited both of them at the trials with their favoured game to play being short end.

It was a tremendous achievement from the Limestone Coast pair after only seven men and seven women were selected to form the Australian test team.

Australia competes in a Trans-Tasman test against New Zealand every two years and both countries hold the test on a rotating basis.

This year the test will be held in Ballarat, on September 1, 2 and 3.

Fiona was excited when she was selected for the third time to represent Australia but her daughter Keisha was jubilant when told she was successful in receiving a maiden Australian call-up.

Both walked away delighted knowing they were to play at the highest level and everyone at the local association is really proud.

Fiona will play lead in the eight bowls mixed pair’s team with Ian Ogilvie from New South Wales, who has won many gold medals for Australia in his past test appearances.

Fiona then doubles up and represents Australia playing ladies singles.

Keisha will play as a lead in the ladies triples team with Tasmania pair Rhonda Aaram and Lynda Charles.

Keisha will then double up leading in the mixed fours team with Julie Zaporozec, Simon Zaporozec and Kyle French.

Being the only two South Australians in the team Fiona and Keisha will try their best to hopefully win the gold medals in the test series.

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