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Tenpin success

I have been tenpin bowling for around 5 years now, practising on many days of the week. It all started off when I went down to Lincoln Bowl at Washingborough on a Saturday morning for a few hours of training, and I was taught the basics on how to bowl. I made many new friends in the Lincoln YBC (Youth Bowling Centre), and I found it was so much fun that I made it more of a regular hobby.

Over the first few years, I improved a lot with help from the amazing instructors, allowing me to start competing in a few tournaments around the UK including Coventry and Sheffield. These tournaments then gave me the confidence to carry on improving my bowling skills to a higher standard, therefore allowing me to start qualifying for the County team. In 2012, I qualified for the Under 15s County team, where we took part in the County Championships, held at the Coventry bowling centre, against other counties. Even though we did not claim a prize in the first year, I qualified again for the Under 15s in 2013, and for the Under 18s as well.  This year our Under 15s team had great success – after a nail-biting knockout round, we came 3rd in the Under 15s over the whole tournament, meaning that we were the 3rd best County team in the UK.

A whole year has gone by since then, and I now bowl three games on a Saturday with the Lincoln YBC, and three games on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the adult leagues, holding an average of about 188 over three games, and a personal best high score of 257.

To my total surprise, on the evening of 4th October 2014, I received a phone call from an England coach, inviting me to join the Junior Team England (JTE) Bowling Academy. This invitation is usually extended to a bowler after they have a completed a season of JTE tournaments … I attend my first tournament of the season at Scunthorpe this coming Sunday!

Being part of the JTE Academy means that I will attend regular training sessions at Sheffield and will be taught by some of the best coaches in England, and a few recent gold medallists.  I have a season of JTE tournaments ahead of me and I hope to qualify in the top 20 so that I will be chosen to represent England at tournaments, including out of the international championships, eg Vienna in 2015.

I am extremely proud of being picked to join the Academy. I hope that I can improve my bowling even further, hopefully to be picked for the England team in the near future and one day to achieve the perfect 300 game.     

    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln