Tenpin bowling: Joshua Clarke helps Wales to second in Junior Triple Crown

A TENPIN bowler from Holywell is becoming a formidable force in the sport and even has one eye on becoming an Olympian.

Mold Alun pupil Joshua Clarke, 14, recently competed for Wales in the National Association of Youth Bowling Clubs’ Junior Triple Crown doubles in Cwmbran.

Alongside Dominic Hall, Clarke finished an impressive second with a team score of 1,223 for Wales, beaten only by England with 1,292.

Josh is hoping his latest triumph for Wales is just one step towards representing Team GB at the Olympics some day.

“There is talk that tenpin bowling could become an Olympic sport,” he said. “It is currently a very low profile sport here but if it became part of the Olympics it would give it a great boost.

“I would like to be able to aim for that. I have played since I was five and it’s a great sport. Now I have begun to get involved in international competition I’d like to go as far as I can, maybe look at playing abroad some day where bowling is professional.

“But whatever happens I need to keep improving if I want to be in the mix.”

For Clarke, who bowls for Bromborough Youth Bowling Club, the Triple Crown was the latest in a raft of strong performances this year.

At the Welsh Nationals he also secured second place in the doubles event with Natasha English, the pair scoring 1,364 in an open age competition while at his club, alongside team-mates English, Rhian Jones and Tom Wellings he has won a domestic league title and the Trios league, with English and King.

He is also a member of the Derbyshire County Team and despite playing for the Welsh national team he is part of the Junior Team England Academy.