Aus­tralian se­lec­tion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Hor­sham ten­pin bowler So­phie Martin will fly to Paris in March to rep­re­sent her coun­try at the in­au­gu­ral World Bowl­ing Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships.

A huge 12 months for Martin cul­mi­nated with her se­lec­tion for the Aus­tralian team, which com­prises only two boys and two girls.

Martin, 16, has rep­re­sented Vic­to­ria at na­tional youth tour­na­ments dur­ing the past year, and rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at the Asian School Ten­pin Bowl­ing Cham­pi­onships in Septem­ber last year.

She said she was ex­cited to don the colours of Aus­tralia once again.

She said her se­lec­tion was the prod­uct of years in a na­tional train­ing squad.

“When I started rep­re­sent­ing Vic­to­ria I thought that was the top level, but then I found out there was a chance I could rep­re­sent Aus­tralia,” she said.

“To make the Aus­tralian team you have to be part of the na­tional train­ing squad, and there are 12 ju­niors in that.

“This year will be my third year in the train­ing squad.

“There is a camp in Can­berra that we go to, and then af­ter all the tour­na­ments there is a train­ing day where you get a bit of coach­ing.”

Martin said she was ex­cited to be part of the first ever World Bowl­ing Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships. The trip will also be her first time in Europe.

Martin said she did not know what to ex­pect when she ar­rived.

“I was ex­cited, but also ner­vous to go over when I found out I had made the team,” she said.

“I’m ner­vous about the com­pe­ti­tion and the fact there are only four of us go­ing there.

“There are a lot of coun­tries com­pet­ing, so I think it’s go­ing to be big.”

Aus­tralia will be one of 27 na­tions at the cham­pi­onships.

Martin said she took up bowl­ing five years ago and quickly grew to love the sport.

“The fact that mum’s part­ner owns Hor­sham Lanes and Games helped me get into bowl­ing,” she said.

“When I started I was do­ing it for fun, and then I started com­pet­ing.

“I like go­ing away and the en­vi­ron­ment of meet­ing up with ev­ery­one.

“Peo­ple think it’s just rolling a ball down the lane, but it’s such a big men­tal game. I en­joy the men­tal chal­lenge.”

BOUND FOR PARIS: Hor­sham’s So­phie Martin will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the in­au­gu­ral World Bowl­ing Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in France in March.Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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