CHAMPS: Kelsey Cottrell, Ellen Ryan, Bolivia Millerick and Lynsey Clarke after winning the Gold Coast Multi-Nations women's fours gold.
CHAMPS: Kelsey Cottrell, Ellen Ryan, Bolivia Millerick and Lynsey Clarke after winning the Gold Coast Multi-Nations women's fours gold. Paul Broben

Kelsey in pursuit of third Games appearance

NATIONAL coach Steve Glasson says Sunshine Coast product Kelsey Cottrell is "certainly in the mix" for Commonwealth Games selection, after some strong international campaigns recently.

The 27-year-old impressed during the Trans-Tasman and the Multi Nations tournaments, to press her claim for a spot in the squad for Gold Coast 2018.

"She's a quality player and she turned up and brought her A-game during the last two weeks, which was pleasing to see," Glasson said.

Australia dominated the Trans-Tasman and then Cottrell skipped the Australia Gold women's fours team to victory against Australia Green in the Multi-Nations.

She is expecting her first child in August but has signalled her desire to compete at her second Commonwealth Games, after claiming bronze in singles in 2010 and silver in triples in 2014.

Cottrell is a two-time world champion, winning the pars in 2012 and the fours last year.

"She has proven in the past she's up for big events so hopefully that continues and she finds herself there (in the Games team)," Glasson said.

Cottrell is part of a 10-woman Australian squad, which will be cut to five for the Gold Coast.

The team will be finalised in November after some more camps and another crucial Trans-Tasman series, which has been brought forward from next year so officials can use the event to help with their selections.

Cottrell's at the Australian Open on the Gold Coast, where there is a $250,000 prize pool.

She is competing in the women's singles and pairs, as well as working on the event from a communications perspective.



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