Photograph GLENN ELLARD
TENPIN bowling can be a frustrating sport for many people, hence the invention of bumper bowling, but for Daniel Crump bowling is in his genes.
His grandfather was once a gun bowler and has now coached his grandson to produce the perfect game.
Recently the 16-year-old scored the ultimate 300-point game at Shoalhaven City Lanes, a result that even surprised him.
“I didn’t think it was going to happen, I usually bowl around 190 to 200 in a game,” he said.
“I was trying not to think about it because I knew if I did I would have stuffed it up.”
But the skill to bowl the perfect game doesn’t come lightly, Crump says he spends four days a week at the lanes and plays an average of 17 during that time.
Practice, along with coaching has resulted in a dramatic improvement in his game.
“I started bowling two years ago and I think I would still be scoring pretty low if it wasn’t for the help of my grandfather.”
Crump’s impressive form has now helped build his confidence heading into Nationals at Warners Bay in Newcastle tomorrow.
The teen has bowled at State level before but never at a National level.
“I’m pretty excited,” he said.
“I have been going to Campbelltown a bit to practise on synthetic lanes, because we only have wooden lanes here.
“I have been bowling pretty well and I will just have to try my best and see what happens.”