Rebekah Lord and Natasha Van Eldik Join Juniors Committee

by Billy Johnson

The State Juniors Committee has been boosted with the inclusion of Natasha Van Eldik (Raymond Terrace) and Rebekah Lord (Engadine). Natasha and Rebekah join the committee with incredible experience behind them, having forged successful bowling careers on the greens after coming through the junior ranks within New South Wales.

Natasha has been at the pinnacle of our sport for over a decade, amassing two Commonwealth Games gold medals, five World Championship gold medals and over 20+ State titles in New South Wales. Since her international debut in 2010, Natasha has represented Australia on no less than 393 occasions, and in that same time has been a stalwart in the NSW Blues Women’s Side, helping them secure the Australian Sides Championship eight times in the last nine attempts.

Rebekah enjoyed a successful junior career representing the New South Wales Junior Blues from 2017-2019. In that time she competed in three successive Australian U18 National Championships, collecting an incredible three gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the process. More recently Rebekah has been a consistent member of the NSW Blues U25 Women’s Side and has shown consistent performances across Club, District, State and National events.

Beyond their success as players, both Rebekah and Tash have been giving back to the sport through coaching roles, particularly for newer and younger bowlers. Rebekah is currently a club junior coach at Engadine Bowling Club and has more recently begun encouraging other clubs in her area to be more involved in the participation of junior lawn bowls.

Rebekah and Natasha possess incredible knowledge, experience and wisdom as players and coaches in our sport, and we are thrilled to have them on board our State Juniors Committee to guide and mentor our next generation of bowling superstars.

Welcome Rebekah and Natasha!

Rebekah competing for New South Wales against Queensland in 2022

Natasha at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she won two gold medals – Photo courtesy of Bowls Australia