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An Exclusive Interview with Australian Lawn Bowler Sharyn Renshaw

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sharyn_renshaw.gifForty nine year old former figure skater Sharyn Renshaw is grateful to Lawn Bowls for giving her an opportunity as an older athlete to compete in sport at a high level and is set to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi this October. In an exclusive interview with TheSportsCampus, Sharyn said, "I competed as a figure skater for many years and loved competitive sport... this was a perfect opportunity. I enjoy the variety of people I get to meet and the vast age group from young teenagers through to the veterans who participate in my sport."

Renshaw, who currently coaches Australia's best in men's figure skating, took up lawn bowls at the age of 32 and it is her success in the sport that got her a job at St. John's Park where she works part-time as a junior development officer. She spends around 15-20 hours a week training mostly through competition or performing drills.

Renshaw has won a number of grand prix events in Australia and New Zealand. She has also been selected in two Trans Tasman events. Capped 22 times at the International level, Renshaw has won the NZ Open three times, twice in singles competition. She is the reigning Australian Open pairs champions and enjoys working in the team both as a development squad member and a professional bowler.

Sharyn Renshaw has got great support from her family, friends as well as her home club. Her expectations are high and she hopes to come home with a medal, ideally gold in colour.

Renshaw has visited Delhi before for the Eight Nation Commonwealth Test Event earlier this year and says, "a large part of achieving results in our sport is due to the mental side, so I focus on this during training and lead up events. Mental toughness and focus is extremely important and most definitely affects our performance.

It's back to figure skating for Sharyn after the Commonwealth Games, "I have the National Figure Skating Championships to work towards with my student, Mark, in late November." Though a visit to her mother in New South Wales, with a medal around her neck would be in order on her return home.

Date of Birth: July 22, 1961
Home Town, Country: St Johns Park, Australia
Event: Lawn bowls (Women's triples)

SOME FUN STUFF

1. Someone you wish you could have brought along with you for the games?
My partner Paul and my father (now deceased) who was my greatest support!

2. Favourite film?
Love all the ‘soppy' ones like Notebook and Pretty Woman. Also liked the Green Mile and to throw a different one in there...Mamma Mia!

3. Favourite other sport?
Ice Skating

4. Favourite book?
Not really one favorite but I like all the Sidney Sheldon and Dan Brown books. Also like books about people who have overcome things in their lives like ‘A Boy called It'

5. You would never leave home without?
I would have to say my toothbrush! Hate ‘fury' teeth!

6. Favourite pastime?
Relaxing with friends over a nice dinner

7. If you were not a sportsperson you would have liked to be a...
Performer/entertainer in stage show productions.