Goddard back in Black

29 Jan 2016

Sourced Times Live

Howick's own bowls star Selina Goddard is starting 2016 on a bright note after being named in the New Zealand Black Jack squad for the Trans-Tasman and Six Nations events in Christchurch in March.  Goddard has been eager to make this team since competing as the lead bowler for the Black Jacks women's triples and fours at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"My last capped event for New Zealand was the 2014 Commonwealth Games and since then I've consistently had that hunger to wear that cap again" she says.

The 21 year old says, however, that being named in the squad is just the first step.

"When you're named in the NZ squad it is never a ticket or pass into the teams selected for events so you always need to aim for good performances and results especially in the major events."

Goddard was ecstatic when she heard the good news which came after a disappointing result at the Lawn Bowls Nationals in Christchurch at the end of 2015.

"In previous years I've made the final stages but this year was not the year for that," she says.  These two upcoming events, Goddard says, are also crucial for the World Championships later in the year.  "The World Championships is the pinnacle and it is also my goal to be selected into that team"

"The Trans-Tasman and Six Nations is a great opportunity to play the best I can within the team.

"It's also a great indicator to see how our NZ teams are performing against some of the world's best countries in the sport." she says.

The Times has covered Goddard's success through lawn bowls since she started winning secondary school titles at Howick College.  At 19 she was the country's youngest ever national bowls representative and went on to win a triples bronze medal alongside Mandy Boyd and Amy McIlroy.

In November 2014, Goddard competed in the under-25 World Junior Bowls Championships on Australia's Gold Coast where she lived for the last three years.

Goddard has since moved back permanently to New Zealand and is currently a member of Carlton Cornwall Bowls.

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