Leading up to the Queensland Junior Cup this weekend, let’s get to know the defending champion, Blake Walsh.
Squad: NTS 18
Home State/Territory: NSW
Home Centre: Ballina Tenpin Bowl
Personal coach: Cameron Walsh
Bowling style: Right-hand, 2-hand
High Game: 300 x 2
Blake Walsh started bowling at the age of four at his ‘second home’ Ballina Tenpin Bowl that his parents own in regional New South Wales.
His first memories of bowling are at the age of five, competing in the Bumper challenge at the Junior Nationals in 2011 and then going on to becoming the youngest bowler to win the Junior Restricted Masters at the age of nine years old in 2015.
Boasting a similar story to his bowling idol Jason Belmonte, the 16-year-old bowls with two hands and has quickly established himself as one of the most talented bowlers in the country.
In 2021, Walsh would win his first ranked event at the Queensland Junior Cup and finish third at the Sydney Youth Cup.
Enjoying the challenge of bowling with adults and the ability to bowl with his uncle, Walsh would announce himself to the bowling community after finishing runner-up at the open division event – the 2021 Kegel QLD Open. Receiving rave reviews from fellow bowlers, four-time winner Jarrod Langford dubbed Walsh as “the best bowler for his age I have ever seen”.
Growing up in a bowling family where his mum, dad, and uncle have all successfully represented Australia, Blake also dreams of representing the country in the sport he loves to play.
Blake loves to enjoy life away from bowling by watching sports, hanging out with friends, playing cricket, and touch football.
Check out Blake’s Instagram account here – That1Bowler806