Profile - Claire Duke - High Achiever

Pamela Bryant, Tuesday, 9 August 2005

Claire Duke was born and bred in Tongala and, apart from a few years in Noosa,
has remained close to "Tongy" by settling in Echuca.


A keen sportswomen having made forrays into volleyball,tennis,netball,squash and golf, Claire charged into bowls in 1999,following an article that took her fancy in the local paper.


Her friends gave her "a bit of stick" about choosing this particular sport but soon realised that she was definitely "on to something".


Geoff Cameron, her coach and mentor, has moulded and guided Claire to success after success, and the hunger generated for this game has snowballed into a very impressive resume.


On the work front, Claire feels quite blessed that, having achieved a "Certificate 3 in Sport and Recreation", Moama Bowls Club (her only club thus far), has chosen to take her on as Bowls Administrator. This has allowed Claire to be available for Australian and Victorian representation whenever the call arises.


So for Claire at the moment life is pretty much FULL-ON BOWLS, workwise, play and training. When she does have the odd moment to relax, she chooses to "hang out "with her mates, go to the pictures or enjoy any of many "things to do" in Echuca.

Claire's other hopes for the future are to remain happy, healthy and a long time at the top of the sport she loves. Her chosen bowl at the moment is a 2H Drakes Pride Excel.


Claire's growing list of achievements include:-


2000 – 01        Moama Bowling Club, Club Champion

                      Campaspe Valley District Champion of Champions


2001 – 02        Moama Bowling Club, Club Champion

                      Victorian Squad Member


2002 – 03        Victorian State Representative

                      Victorian Under 25 Singles Winner

                      Victorian Development Sides Championship Rep – Lead


2003 – 04        Australian Squad Member

                      Victorian Super League Side rep – Lead

                      Victorian National Round Robin Side rep – Lead (Winners)

                      Victorian State Representative

                      Victorian State Pennant Sides Championship Winner – Skip

                      Victorian Under 25 Singles Winner


2004 – 05        Australian Squad Member

                      Australian Indoor Singles Winner

                      Australian Team Representative – Trans Tasman Series

                      World Indoor Singles (3rd) – Hong Kong

                      Victorian Champion of Champions Winner

                      Victorian State Representative vs ACT, TAS, SA

                      Victorian National Round Robin Representative – Runners Up

                      Victorian Under 25 Singles Winner

                      Moama Bowling Club, Club Champion

                      Association Champion

                      Group Champion


 2005-06          Australian Squad Member

                        Australia A Representative- Trans Tasman & Tri Nations Series

                        Asia Pacific Singles (3rd)- Malaysia

                        Asia Pacific Mixed pairs Runners Up- Malaysia

                        Currently ranked Number 1 for Singles in Australia

                        Victorian State Singles Winner

                        Victorian State Representative

                        Victorian National Round Robin representative

                        Victorian Under 25 Singles Winner

                        Australian Indoor Singles (3rd)

                        Helensvale Grand Prix Singles (3rd)


2006-07          Australian Representative Trans Tasman Series

                        Australia Squad Member

                        Australian Super League Singles- Runner Up

                        Victorian State Team

                        Victorian Under 25 State Singles Winner

                        Barham Grand Prix- Runners Up Triples & Fours



                        Full Scholarship to Victorian Institute of Sport

                        Golden Nugget Prestige Invitation Singles – Runners Up

                        Bendigo Bank - Athlete of the year 

Other Links
 Radio interview with Patrick McErlearn in August 2005