JOSHUA’S ON A ROLL
TALENT EYES HAT-TRICK AT HOLT CARNIVAL
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.