COMMONWEALTH Games dual gold medallist, Natasha Scott, visited the students of Salt Ash Public School recently.
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Scott, who came to the nation’s attention after winning two gold medals at the recent Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast, is a Raymond Terrace local who found her future path through an unlikely source.
“I actually started playing lawn bowls because I thought it would be a nice easy bludge for school sport.” Natasha told News Of The Area with a laugh.
However, Natasha soon realised that she had some real talent when it came to her “school sport bludge”.
Before long, Natasha was at the Raymond Terrace Bowling Club day after day trying to refine her newly found talent.
And as we all now know, this talent led her to Commonwealth gold.
The act of trying something new, and trying hard, was a major part of Natasha’s speech to the students of Salt Ash Public School.
After all, if Natasha hadn’t decided to give lawn bowls a try, despite the initial reasons for doing it, she wouldn’t have her two new sparkling gold medals.
Natasha’s recent success has been the result of many years of training, competing and refining her craft.
Yet, even through the tough times, Natasha had the will to continue to chase her dreams on the lawn bowling green.
After Natasha’s speech, she stayed on at the school to take a whole school photo, chat with individual students, and present ribbons to all students who had placed in an event at the recent athletics carnival.
It was a nice way to tie the day up considering Natasha had spoken about how and why she had won her gold medals, and then presented ribbons to those who had also achieved in the sporting arena.
And who knows, perhaps we may see one or two of those students from Salt Ash Public School on an Olympic dais after being spurred on by what Natasha had to say.
By Rachael VAUGHAN