1. How and why did you start playing bocce?
I started playing bocce because it was an Italian game bought out from Italy. Being an Italian, my brother-in-law built a bocce court on his farm at Birkdale where the Italians gathered. Some played bocce, some played cards.
2. Which bocce event (singles/doubles/triples/throwing etc.) is your favourite to play, and why?
Throwing events, as there were not many ladies who could throw. Also, the singles event as you didn’t have to blame your partner when things went wrong – you blamed yourself.
3. How many medals have you won at the Nationals?
4. Which strengths do you believe you have that make you a champion bocce player?
My ability to read the court in bowling and the ability to be able to throw.
5. Why are you so passionate about playing bocce?
I have always loved sport (all sports), and because it was the sport I took up after being married, and because all my Italian friends were there.
6. What are your major highlights and achievements in bocce in the past?
Having to compete at bocce overseas several times and gaining second position in France.
7. What do you believe is the greatest challenge most bocce players are facing today?
The up-and-coming junior players with their throwing skills.
8. Is there a coach or bocce player that you looked up to when you first started playing as a role model, and why?
Not really, maybe Chiumelo.
9. How do you prepare to compete in the Nationals?
Just train, be yourself, don’t let things bother you, and do your best.
10. What one word describes you?