An amazing year for BSSC Year 11 student and tenpin bowler, Grace Fahy, is about to get even bigger and more exciting.
Fahy is set to represent Australia next month at the Asian Schools Championships in Taiwan.
She earned selection by impressing some of Australia’s best coaches during national squad training at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Fahy, who was a member of Victoria’s winning President’s Shield team in April, is one of eight female bowlers in the 16-strong team set to compete at the 19th running of the tournament in Taichung, Chinese Taipei’s second biggest city.
Fahy capped a brilliant President’s Shield tournament by winning the award for highest average and being named in the All-Star team.
It remains one of the highlights of a year that has brought much success for the long-time representative bowler.
Her string of achievements includes a recent first place finish against top-class opposition in the Queensland Junior Cup and a swag of gold medals won at the Victorian Country Championships in July.
Fahy started the year confidently with a third place finish with Victoria at the under-21 National Youth Teams Challenge in New South Wales I January.
She followed up with a third in singles competition at the National Youth Cup at Wyncity Bowl, Point Cook, in February, and a second placing with the Bendigo women’s team at the Adult Country Cup in Ballarat in March.
Fahy later finished second in the under-21 Sydney Youth Cup in Campbelltown in May and a month later was third at the South Australian Junior Cup in Salisbury.
Before she leaves for Taiwan, Fahy will trial for the Victorian youth team for next year’s Youth Cup and Youth Teams Challenge events.
In September, she will represent Bendigo at the Victorian Junior Country Cup against nine other teams from across the state.
A three-day coaching clinic in Singapore will precede her trip to Taiwan.
Words: Kieran Iles Picture: Darren Howe