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BOWLS: Hundreds of lawn bowlers from across the Sunshine State will converge on the manicured greens of Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Cooloola Coast Bowls Clubs today for the Queensland Railway Institute's State Carnival.

In its 69th year of competition, the QRI titles include some of the best veteran as well as up-and-coming bowlers in Queensland.

The triples format will have 60 teams take to the greens, with a state team selected on Friday afternoon.

Tournament organiser Ann Hudson said putting together an event of this magnitude was challenging.

"We will have two full greens here at Tin Can Bay, a full green down at Cooloola Coast Bowls Club and a full green over at Rainbow Beach,” Hudson said.

"We put our hands up for it this year.

"It is great for our little community. We all think it will be wonderful for our little town.”

Players from as far away as Cairns, Serena and Ipswich are ready to roll.

Several teams from Gympie will also put

their best foot forward

for state title glory.

Planning for the event started 12 months ago.

It has been a labour of love for Hudson and her committee, and she predicted the tournament would put Tin Can Bay on the sporting map.

"Accommodation here (Tin Can Bay) was booked out in January,” she said.

"The caravan parks are chock-a-block, and a lot of the players arrived last Sunday.

"They are making a real holiday out of it.”

Play begins at 9am today and runs through to Friday.

The bowls action starts from 9am to 4pm daily.

Spectators are welcome across the three sites.

If you are visiting the region and want to find out more about the best dining and cafe experiences in Tin Can Bay, check out Page 2 of today's The Gympie Times.

BOWLS: Club Kawana's Rebecca Rixon has continued her dominant reign on the state's bowls greens as she journeys to a possible Commonwealth Games berth.

The Sienna Catholic College student claimed gold medal success in the girls singles, open triples, and open fours disciplines during the Junior State Championships at Bundaberg last week.

While a remarkable feat, it was a bitter-sweet moment according to Rixon.

"It was the first year that I've come away with three (gold) out of state titles and I felt pretty amazing,” she said.

"But, it also felt a bit sad because it was my last year in the U18s.”

Despite the dominant display, Rixon said it had been a hard-fought battle throughout the six-day competition with more than just her opponents to worry about.

"It was very hot,” she said.

"We had one day where it got to about 40 degrees and I got a bit of heat stroke.

"I played all Queensland representatives (too) and it was very tough but I just played very well and I was happy with how I did.”

It's not Rixon's first success on the state stage, with the 17-year-old proving a dominant force over the past few years both for Thunder and Queensland.

It was success Rixon said she had worked tirelessly to achieve.

"My success (comes down to) basically just believing in myself, being confident in what my abilities are, always training a lot and just having a bit of fun as well while playing,” she said.

The teenage talent is on the cusp of a massive year on the bowls greens as she remains in contention for a spot on Malta's Commonwealth Games team. She is also in the midst of a strong premier As campaign for Club Kawana in the Premier League Queensland competition.

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