Carla Krizanic says the Australian Jackaroos will leave no stone unturned in their quest to perform strongly on home soil at next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The 27-year-old is the equal-youngest member of the womens squad along with Natasha Scott, who just replaced Krizanic as Australia’s number one female player in the latest December rankings.
In what will be her second Commonwealth Games after representing Australia at Glasgow 2014, Krizanic was relieved to earn selection and have the chance to play in front of friends and family on home soil.
“It’s kind of a bit of a surreal feeling. Obviously I’ve been working really hard to get here and now that I’ve made it into the team it’s a bit of a relief,” Krizanic said.
“It’ll be great to compete in front of family and friends. Hopefully we’ll have the crowd on our side too.
“It has been a big year. Obviously I was trying really hard to do well in every event I was playing in. It’s paid off to get here but there is even more hard work ahead as we start preparing for the Commonwealth Games.”
On the advantage of having the Games on home soil, Krizanic stressed the importance of the squad going above and beyond in preparation.
“We don’t want to leave any stone unturned so we’ll be preparing everything we can and hopefully it goes well,” she said.
“There’s a lot of talk about it [2018 Games] being a ‘home-ground advantage’ but every country has been out here already practicing on the Broadbeach greens so they’re going to know them almost as well as us. Hopefully we know them a little bit better.”
The Australian Bowls Team will take to the Broadbeach greens from April 5 for their GC2018 campaign, where 10 gold medals will be up for grabs.