A YOUNG bowler from Pontnewynydd is following the path of her twin sister and is heading off to take part in the British Champi-onships.

Kerry Packwood will represent Wales against the finest junior bowlers from England, Scotland, Ireland and the Channel Islands in the under-25s singles in South Shields in April.

Her selection follows her triumph in the Welsh Women's Under-25s Championships, keeping it in the family after her sister, Kelly, lifted the title the last year.

The 19-year-old is already a junior and senior international and the Torfaen club player is looking forward to pulling on the red jersey once more.

She said: "I feel really proud that I will be representing Wales, 100 per cent. I think it will be good to play different people and it will be a high standard so hopefully it will make me a better player and push me on.

"I'm confident I will do well but it's also down to who performs best on the day.

"My ultimate aim in bowls is to try and win as much as I can. I want to keep on progressing and playing well then hopefully I will be on TV one day!"

Packwood had to defeat her sister on her way to becoming Wales' number one, triumphing 21-11 in the semi-finals to maintain her 100 per cent record against her sibling.

The duo both started bowling at the age of 13, both juggle work at the same company with their bowling commitments and both prefer to join forces and play club pairs together than face each other.

Kerry said: "It's really awkward when we play each other and in some ways it doesn't feel like a real competition. I'd definitely rather play her in a final so that one of us doesn't have to get knocked out early.

"You also know each other's strengths and weaknesses so it's quite tough. We want to play together in the pairs because we'd rather play with each other than against each other."

Not only has Kerry's Welsh Championships success secured a spot in the British Championships but it also means she will be heading off to the World Championships in November.