Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) announced today that it will establish the sport’s first National High Performance and Community Centre (NHPCC) to help foster the development of the next generation of Tenpin Bowling talent.
The establishment of an NHPCC is a key initiative in TBA’s current Strategic Plan and will deliver vital capacity for the sport and its participants.
The facility will be based at Suncity Bowl in Alexandra Headland on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
TBA Chair Jerome Joseph said Australia’s tenpin bowling peak body is acting to ensure emerging athletes have the best opportunity to fulfil their aspirations and reach the sport’s top level.
“At the elite level, we continue to produce world-class bowlers who are successfully competing in events across the globe including World Number One Jason Belmonte and reigning World Cup champion Rebecca Whiting.
“We are investing in a National High Performance and Community Centre to support the coaching and training taking place every week at venues across Australia,” Joseph said.
The NHPCC will provide a dedicated home for all TBA’s High Performance programs as well as assisting athletes and coaches in their preparations for national and international competitions.
At a community level, over 400 regular local bowlers will continue to access the facility to participate in leagues and events. The Centre will also see the addition of junior programs such as Bowl Patrol to complement the strong school and inclusion activity currently delivered at the venue.
The NHPCC will create a home for innovation, research and development programs in partnership with other organisations and universities to enhance TBA’s capacity to lead the world in training and event delivery.
“With 2022 marking a decade to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is vital that we capitalise on this important period to grow the sport and give our athletes every chance of success.
“We want to see tenpin bowling not only included as an Olympic and Paralympic sport but Australian tenpin bowlers with medals around their neck at these and other major international events,” said Joseph.
The creation of a new national high performance model will enable TBA to build upon the sport’s strong growth at competition level within Australia.