Jarrod’s having ball in fast lane
BURDEKIN tenpin bowling star Jarrod Langford is preparing for the biggest month of his sporting life when he travels to North America for two separate world championship events.
Langford’s first stop is the 2017 AMF World Cup in Mexico from November 2- 15, an individual event with only one male and one female representative from each country.
Less than a week later, he will travel to Las Vegas with a team of six to represent Australia in the 2017 World Championships which features teams from more than 70 countries.
The 20- year- old was “in shock for a week” after securing his spot as Austra- lia’s top male bowler for the World Cup, but Langford said his self- confidence was growing every time he competed.
“I was expecting a good placing, but I wasn’t really expecting to win it,” he said. “I’ve always had belief in myself that I can do things, but it really took until two years ago before I started really believing that I could do it at adult level when I won my first sanctioned adult event.
“I won the NSW Open and Ballina Open last year.
“I was bowling against the world No. 1 in Ballina and I beat him so it really instilled confidence in me that if I want it bad enough then I can do it.”
Langford said spending time on the lanes was important, but he stressed that there was much more to his preparation than just seeing how many pins he could knock down.
The left- hander bowls league twice a week, but his biggest focus is on the technical aspects of his game and ensuring he’s mentally prepared to compete on the world stage.
“Physical and mental preparation is just as important as lane preparation and just believing in yourself a lot helps as well,” Langford said.
“It’s a lot of work on the lanes mentally preparing yourself because it might not seem like the most mentally aggravating sport, but when you get confused with what the lane’s doing, it can wear you out really quickly.”
Langford’s goal is to make the cut at the World Cup, but he said just having the chance to compete against and learn from the world’s best bowlers would be an incredible experience.
“A top- eight finish would be unbelievable, but just going over there to experience and see all the different bowlers from all the other countries will be an eye- opening to say the least,” Langford said.