The Wimmera's Josh Barry is ready for two busy months of competitive lawn bowls.
Barry flew out to Mackay in Queensland for the multi-disability National Championships on Friday, where he hoped to come home a winner as he did last year.
The event is swiftly followed by the Australian Open three days later on the Gold Coast, an event Barry called "the biggest bowls event in the southern hemisphere".
Lastly, Barry will take his bowling talent overseas when he travels to England with the Australian national team. The national side will undertake a competitive three-week tour of the United Kingdom in July.
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"It is a busy time," Barry said. "Normally all the Nationals are on around this time and then the Aus Open starts as well."
Barry won the triples title at the National Championships last year and hoped to reap similar success this time around.
"Hopefully I can win it," Barry said.
"We're the defending triples champions, runners-up in the pairs last year and I missed out on the singles."
A seasoned veteran, Barry said the level of competition no longer brought about many nerves.
"It's my 19th year in a row at nationals," Barry said. "I don't get nervous any more."
Barry was one of just three athletes to be selected for Australia's para-sport squad for the tour of the United Kingdom.
The trip will provide important experience for the Australian side ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The trip will be Barry's first to Europe for bowls in several years. He said the different conditions provided a new challenge.
"I've only played indoors over there, this will be the first time I'm playing outdoors," he said.
"The greens are a lot slower over there. You have to get a different set of bowls for it."