As we continue to highlight women in tenpin bowling, we’re delighted to introduce Holly Levers, a bowler with ambition and success in equal measure. Holly was diagnosed with H-G syndrome when she was around 6 years old.
Her parents investigated many activities for Holly, eventually leading them to Special Olympics Macarthur, a suggestion of one of Holly’s school mates. She started to play tenpin bowling and loved the friendship of fellow bowlers and the excitement of being able to participate in this inclusive sport. Holly has since represented New South Wales at three National Games, travelled to New Zealand to play in Trans-Tasman competition with Special Olympics and achieved many other successes along the way.
The family moved to the Shoalhaven area four years ago and Holly commenced training with an exercise physiologist in Culburra. Teaming up with Karina Peters (Tenpin Bowling Association of NSW’s State Disabilities Sub-Committee member) who now compete together in their local Tenpin Bowling league ‘Spin Pins’. Located in the South Coast region of Sydney, they both love the interaction and opportunity to participate in tournaments across the state and country.
Unfortunately, due to lock down restrictions, a number of state and national tournaments have had to be re-scheduled.
“I am incredibly anxious and eager to get back to my great sport of tenpin bowling as soon as it can resume, I love the sport of tenpin bowling so much and the friendships I have created along the way since commencing my bowling journey through the local grassroots pathway and now onto elite level competition”.
Holly has been a member of TBA for a number of years and encourages other bowlers to join as well. This year she attended her first TBANSW State Disabilities Championships at Tenpin City, Lidcombe where she did extremely well winning the following medals:
- 1st – C Grade Singles
- 3rd – B Grade Doubles
- 1st – B Grade Teams
- 1st – C Grade All Events
In her spare time, when she is not bowling, Holly also enjoys helping out with coaching and assisting her local centre with a host of development programs and engagement initiatives. She’s a fan of Bowl Abilities, the TBA national disability and inclusion program. The same program Special Olympics Australia recognise as an ideal pathway for people looking to learn how to bowl, or coach tenpin bowling, with the potential to join their local SOA club.
2022 Tenpin Bowling Australia Membership opening soon: https://www.tenpin.org.au/bowl/sports-registration/
For your local Special Olympics organisation search: https://www.specialolympics.com.au/