LTU Focus on Tenpin Bowling

Bowling at LTU

LTU Focus on Sports

For this week’s Focus on Sport at LTU post, we’ve spoken to Nathan, an 18 year old Bachelor of Business student who plays on the Tenpin Bowling team for La Trobe.

Nathan with his Tenpin Bowling teammates at the Southern Uni Games

Nathan with his Tenpin Bowling teammates at the Southern Uni Games


When did you first start to play tenpin bowling? 

Can’t remember when I first started bowling but it would have been for a 5th birthday party or something like that, it’s always been something that I’ve enjoyed doing but rarely would go out and actually do. The first time I’d bowled without the help of the bumpers was about 4 weeks out from SUG’s and I’ve only bowled 1 gutter ball since.

Why did you decide to join the La Trobe team?

I had heard so many good things about Uni Games from friends and people that I work with that I decided that I just had to go regardless of what sport I actually played during the games, I just wanted to be a part of it all and when the opportunity to do ten pin bowling came up it was just too good to ignore.

What are you most looking forward to about the Australian Uni Games/what was your favourite part of the Southern Uni Games? (Feel free to answer both or just one) 

Really looking forward to getting away from the cold Melbourne weather for a week more than anything but to also see catch up with all the bowlers from the other uni’s from SUG’s again will be great, been able to get away from uni and work for a week is good way to chill out and have fun before exams get underway as well.

Can’t pick one specific moment as my favourite part of SUG’s, the whole experience was incredible and like nothing else I’d done before, would highly recommend going to uni games to anyone!

What is the best part about bowling with La Trobe?

The friends we made amongst our own bowling team but also with the bowling teams, everyone got along really well and made the whole week so much fun! One of the best things about bowling was whilst the other sports were outside in the rain and mud we were inside the warm bowling alley with tunes going the whole day, it was such a relax vibe and there’s no better feeling that getting a strike or watching a teammate bowl a gutter ball.

What would you say to other first year students who are thinking of joining a sports team at La Trobe? (You can make this specific about your sport)

You’ll regret it if you don’t do it! It’s by far been one of the best experiences of my life and it has helped me make so many new friends not only at La Trobe but at the other uni’s as well.

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