Donna strikes precious medals as world championships approach

DONNA Holland has wrapped up preparations for the 2015 World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, with a medal-laden performance at the seventh Australian Blind Championships at Rooty Hill.

Holland, a 14-time medallist at the nationals, performed brilliantly in the B2 classification, taking home silver in the singles scratch, the doubles and the all events B2 categories.

She then helped her NSW team take gold in the handicap teams event.

Competing in Sydney’s west over four days from March 17, Holland said her aim as the nationals was to claim medals and lots of them.

Put simply, it was it.

“I always aim for medals, every time,” Holland said, only missing out on a place in the championship’s trios event.

“It seemed harder this year. I was playing in a different team. Last year it was mainly Victoria and NSW and this year there were three people from Western Australia”

Holland, however, shone.

Nudging the 120 mark on three games throughout the tournament, the Orange representative said she felt pretty good on some foreign lanes.

“They were different,” she said of the Rooty Hill lane conditions.

“But after a few games I was able to get used to it. It was fine.”

Holland will now look forward to her trip to South Korea in May, 2015, as part of the six-strong Australia side set to touchdown in Seoul.

With Holland joined by B3 (some sight), B2 (limited sight) and B1 (no sight) classification bowlers from Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia for the world championships in 12 months time, the decorated nationals bowler believes her Australian side has a shot at world gold.

Especially if her feats on the national stage are anything to go by.

“Fourteen medals in three years ... it’s pretty good going,” she smiled.

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