Award finally home

WAYNE MARTIN
Last updated 13:00 12/02/2013

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Champion Nelson bowler Jo Edwards picked up her Bowls New Zealand Player of the Year award in Auckland on Saturday - three months after it was announced.

Edwards had been competing for Mainland at the annual Challenge Trophy tournament in Auckland at the weekend when she was advised that she would finally be presented with her award acknowledging her stellar efforts for the 2011-12 season.

She would have received it earlier but after electing to miss this year's national championships, last weekend's event was the first major tournament in which she was involved.

"It's quite weird because it was last November it was announced, so you knew you'd won it, but I just found out on Saturday that [Bowls New Zealand] were going to present it at the Challenge Trophy," Edwards said.

"They wanted to wait until there was an event to present it, otherwise it would have just come through the mail. If I'd gone to the nationals, it might have been done there."

The award covered Edwards' achievements in winning the 2011 world champion of champions singles, gold medals in both the pairs and fours at the Asia-Pacific championships, gold in the fours and bronze in pairs at the 6 Nations and runnerup at the World Cup indoor singles championships.

She was also a member of the Nelson women's team that won the 2011 national intercentre title and will be back in Auckland in two weeks to try to help Nelson reclaim that title.

Edwards and her Nelson and Black Jacks team-mate Val Smith are then off to Australia to renew their links with Club Merrylands Bowling in Sydney ahead of Edwards' contesting the World Cup singles in Warilla and the next trans-Tasman event against Australia.

It is a busy schedule although Edwards is feeling refreshed after taking a brief break from the game after contesting last year's world championships in Adelaide where she picked up a silver medal with Smith in the women's pairs.

"I had a really nice month and a half [off] over Christmas, so that really was a good idea I think.

"I looked at the programme and thought that there was a window of opportunity for a few weeks just to have a bit of a break.

"I think you've got to do that. If you play too much, you certainly do not get burnt out, but you're just not as fresh as you'd like to be."

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- The Nelson Mail

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