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    DREAM COME TRUE: Horsham tenpin bowler Logan Young will travel to Queensland this month to represent Victoria at the Tenpin  Bowling  Australia National Junior Championship.

Logan Young ready for tenpin nationals

By Colin MacGillivray

Horsham bowling sensation Logan Young is preparing for the ‘most memorable trip’ of his life as he gets ready to represent Victoria at the Tenpin Bowling Australia National Junior Championship in Queensland.

Young and his family will travel to the Sunshine Coast for the competition from April 14 to 17.

The 16-year-old, who bowls at Horsham Lanes and Games, said he was excited to represent his state.

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“We’ve had training sessions every month in Melbourne,” he said.

“We’ve done about eight training sessions since I was selected into the team and we will have a presentation tea where I’ll be presented with my uniform.”

Young said qualifying for the under-18 Victorian team was a nerve-racking process.

“I had to qualify across two games of bowling with 15 games total. After that it was out of total pinfall to determine who was selected,” he said.

“I placed sixth, which was the last spot on the team. I just made it. I was nervous, because I was the last person to get selected. 

“They read out the names of first, second, third, fourth and fifth, and when they got down to the last spot there were still another 20-odd people left from the qualifiers. I had no idea of the results, so I was sitting there nervously with my fingers crossed.

“When they called Logan Young my heart skipped a beat. My family was up and about. It was great.”

Young said he would aim to replicate his form from the first day of qualifying at the national championship.

“I felt like I bowled well in the qualifiers, for sure. On the first day we had eight games and I was coming third overall,” he said.

“On the second day things weren’t going as well, but I was still able to hold up and place sixth, so I reckon I did a fairly good job overall.

“I feel very prepared. I have everything I need and I think my mindset is in the right spot.

“Now I’m looking forward to actually getting there and competing and seeing what I can do.”

Young thanked the Horsham community for its support, which included donations and sponsorships to help him travel to Queensland.

“I have a fair few people on my side, which is great,” he said.

“It’s great to have everyone who has come together and put money towards sponsoring me and helping our family get there to try and make it the most memorable trip we could have together.”

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