Jar­rod’s hav­ing ball in fast lane

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

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.

TOP MALE: Cham­pion Burdekin bowler Jar­rod Lang­ford is off to com­pete in the US and Mex­ico. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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