Australia’s number one ranked female bowler Natasha Scott says a refreshment in the mental side of her game is to thank for her outstanding recent form and selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The 27-year-old has heralded a new approach to the sport over the past 12-18 months, a period in which she has dominated the sport, including recent title successes in the months of November and December which culminated in her topping the rankings at year’s end.
With a massive body of work ahead of her and the rest of her teammates ahead of the Games, Scott hopes to be in peak physical and mental condition come April.
“I suppose it’s a bit of a mixture of everything falling into place,” she said.
“I’m really enjoying my bowls at the moment. There’s a been a few changes in my mindset over the past 18 months which I believe has really made me rise to the best I possibly can be.
“I’m taking the game in a different approach to what I was a few years back… Pretty much living by the saying, ‘whatever will be, will be’.
“It’s just a matter of now putting in the hard work on the green and also physical preparation which will put me at my peak for the games.”
Scott also paid special tribute to the culture of the Australian squad, with many squad members echoing similar sentiments about the tight-knit nature of the group which will only be further strengthened by a home Games.
“Knowing that we have that facility (Broadbeach) in our backyard where we are able to travel to the venue and get familiar with everything, but also knowing the camaraderie of a fantastic team,” she said.
“Australia could probably put together three or four teams and have that [camaraderie].
“It’s fantastic to know you have the support of your family and friends who aren’t too far away either.”
Having already participated in the last two Games at the age of just 27, Scott will be chasing that elusive medal come Gold Coast on April 5.