Featured Bowler – October

Mark Thompson

What are you studying at university?

PhD using X-Ray CT to study the roots of crops at the The University of Nottingham. In addition to my studies, I also work for Cancer Research UK as an Assistant Events Manager.

High Game: 196

High Series: 494

How long have you been bowling? 1 year

How did you start bowling?

I have always enjoyed bowling, and was often victorious on infrequent trips to the alley with friends through my childhood, however it took me until halfway through my time at Nottingham to realise that I wanted to learn more about it. 1 week later, I was at my first session with the university club.

You are president of The University of Nottingham Tenpin Bowling Club this year. What made you want to take up the role and what are you hoping to achieve this year?

I wanted to give something back to the club and the university that has been such an integral part of my life for the last few years. Our goals are to expand our membership base and to get more people interested in representing and competing in BUTBA tournaments, whether they average 30 or 300.

Is there anyone who has been influential on you as a bowler?

Every past and present member of The University of Nottingham Tenpin Club, for continued advice, support and good times.

What has been your most memorable moment on the lanes?

The look on the faces of the league bowlers at our local alley when a new member of the club, who after showing no lane etiquette at all, managed to bowl on the lane adjacent to the one they were on.

What are your targets/ambitions for this season?

I have an ambitious target of achieving a 150 average, although I would happily settle for learning how to hook.

What kit is in your bag at the moment?

Bag? Maybe one day. At the moment, my ball travels in a buff.

What piece of advice would you give to our new tour members?

Don’t be afraid to get stuck in at tournaments as they are really friendly and inclusive. Just try and bowl on the right lane…