Carla Krizanic nominated for Victorian Athlete of the Year Award

by Team BV

Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Jackaroo Carla Krizanic has been announced as a finalist for the 2018 Victorian Sport Awards.

Photo: Kelsey Cottrell (NSW), Carla Krizanic (VIC), Rebecca Van Asch (TAS) and Natasha Scott (NSW) celebrate their 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal win. Courtesy Bowls Australia.

Hosted by VicSport and in partnership with the State Government of Victoria, the Victorian Sport Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of Victorian athletes, clubs and administrators over the past 12-months.

Nominated by Bowls Victoria, Krizanic is in the running for the Female Athlete of the Year alongside Bowls Victoria’s Bowling with Babies program, which is nominated for the Sport Development Initiative, and Werribee Bowls Club, who has been nominated for the Community Sporting Club of the Year.

Bowls Victoria’s Chief Executive Graeme Bridge is delighted to see bowls strongly represented in this year’s awards.

“It’s been a great year for Carla on both the international and domestic stage; her nomination is well deserved, and we’re thrilled she’s been selected as a finalist,” said Bridge.

“Bowls has well and truly been put in the spotlight this year, and it’s great to have the Victorian sports community talking about our sport. Nominations like these are important for our sport and highlight the dedication and commitment of both our staff and those of our member Clubs who help in delivering this success.”

It’s been a year of success for Krizanic who kicked off the year with a win at State Champions Week taking home the Women’s State Singles Championship. Two gold medals followed at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in both the triples and fours events alongside Rebecca Van Asch (TAS), Natasha Scott (NSW) and Kelsey Cottrell (NSW). While earlier this month Krizanic claimed the Women’s Singles title at the Australian Championships in Merimbula.

Bowling with Babies has also grown rapidly, with over 800 parents undertaking the program at their local bowls Club. The program, which brings Babies brings mums, dads and their bubs together for a social game of bowls over a coffee and conversation, is supported by VicHealth and aims to assist less active parents to become more active in a fun, relaxing and comfortable environment – with their baby.

The Werribee Bowls Club has been steadfast in supporting the Bowling with Babies program in the western suburbs, together with being an excellent example to other clubs in how to successfully transform a bowls club into a community club to meet the needs of a changing society and demographic.

Each year the Victorian Sport Awards honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in Victoria from both metropolitan and regional areas in Victoria.

This year’s award ceremony will be held at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday 20th February. Tickets are available for purchase online until COB Monday 4 February 2019. To secure your ticket, please visit the VicSport website.