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PRO­FES­SIONAL ten­pin bowler Joshua Mardel is pre­par­ing for the 2015 Dar­rell Holt ten­pin bowl­ing car­ni­val in Dar­win next month.

The Wha­lan res­i­dent qual­i­fied fifth in the roll-off qual­i­fy­ing rounds ear­lier in the year, which earnt him a chance at the Holt.

His team com­peted in the Holt in Tas­ma­nia last year, and won the clas­sic men’s but, this year, Mardel is go­ing for the trio.

“I’m hop­ing to win the clas­sic, open and re­stricted mas­ters,” Mardel said.

“I’ve come very close some years, but I’ve never done all three, so that’s my goal this year – to win all three.”

In his six years of com­pet­i­tive bowl­ing, Mardel has de­feated al­most 40 bowlers to win the 2013 East Coast Cup, as well as fin­ished in the top 10 of 60 at the 2014 New­cas­tle Cup and in the top 15 of 85 for the 2014 NSW Open.

The son of two cham­pion bowlers, Mardel said he felt he had to keep the fam­ily tra­di­tion alive.

“I used to go with my dad on a Thurs­day to Liver­pool bowl­ing al­ley,” he said.

“I used to prac­tise while he was do­ing his bowl­ing league.

“I com­peted in the Ju­nior Pres­i­dent Shield since I was seven years old for about six years, then I gave it up and came back in 2008.”

While the Olympic Com­mit­tee con­sid­ers adding ten­pin bowl­ing to the list of sports for the 2020 Tokyo Games, Mardel said the sport was un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated.

“If they clas­sify ice skat­ing as a sport, then any sort of ac­tiv­ity that uses a skill should be clas­si­fied as a sport,” he said.

“If it gets se­lected as an Olympic sport for the 2018 Games, I’ll be aim­ing to qual­i­fy­ing for the Aus­tralia side.”

The Dar­rell Holt Car­ni­val will be held at Planet Bowl in Dar­win on Satur­day, Au­gust 15.


Joshua Mardel, at Rooty Hill's AMF bowl­ing cen­tre, is go­ing for a hat-trick of ti­tles in Dar­win later this month.

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