Amos Salvestro is making quite a name for himself out in the bowling lanes after making an appearance at a national competition recently.
The young bowler competed at the Tenpin Bowling Australian National Championships in Melbourne, which sees bowlers up to the age of 18, from all over Australia, compete over a ten-day period.
The Nationals includes singles, doubles and team events as well as the President’s Junior Interstate Shield, a flagship event where representative State teams compete against each other over 21 rounds.
Amos was selected as a representative of the ACT Junior Boys team (which includes the Southern NSW zone) for the President’s Shield, however also competed as an individual under his home state of New South Wales.
Amos performed really well at the Nationals bringing home three medals which included qualifying as a finalist for the TBA Junior Restricted Cup, placing second in the Boys Doubles B Grade and also placing third in the Boys Doubles B Grade.
Over a total of 37 games during the Nationals Amos finished up above his entering bowling average, which is an excellent result in itself.
Amos’ success at the Nationals is quite an achievement, not only at the young age of 13, but also as the only junior from Griffith currently competing at such events.
Without access to the coaches, equipment or venues that the bigger cities have it has been Amos’ hard work, personal practice, dedication and perseverance which has aided his success.
Despite being a Junior event, the Nationals is fiercely competitive, involves high pressure and is unbelievably noisy, particularly during the President’s Shield. Amos’ parents, Laurence and Amie, are incredibly proud of his achievements and the way Amos conducted himself during the competition.
Amos was calm, focused, pushed through leg cramps and showed genuine sportsmanship to his competitors.
Amos has now gone back to the practice lanes at Star Bowling Griffith to tweak his game in hopes of achieving further success at future competitions, with an ultimate goal of getting to an International event.