When the injury toll from racing BMX bikes started to mount for Taneisha Griffiths, she decided it was time to try a new sport. The sport she chose was ten pin bowling.
As it happened, her parents were once competitive ten pin bowlers and she was also blessed with the bowling gene.
Griffiths is preparing to head to Malaysia for the Milo International for the second straight year after blitzing her Australian rivals at the recent Sydney Cup.
Competing over three days on the October long weekend, Griffiths topped the leaderboard in the qualification rounds before blitzing her opponents in one on one match play.
The victory marked the second straight year the 15-year-old has won the tournament and father Wayne said it was a testament to how hard she works at improving her game.
“She won last year’s tournament and became the youngest Australian female to score a perfect game.” Griffiths said. “Then this year she topped the qualifying with a 225 average, and she was above the boys as well. Then on the Monday she was leading after the first round of 15 head to head games and in the final she won with another 225 game.”
“It’s a grueling competition structure and she’s worked really hard for this both at the bowling centre and in the gym.”
Griffiths is looking forward to testing her skills against Asia’s best bowlers and reconnecting with competitors she met at the event last year.
She finished the under 15s event in ninth place at last year’s Milo International and will contest both the under 15s and under 21s events this year.
“I hope to improve on my position from last year and I can’t wait to see all my friends in Malaysia that I made last year.” Taneisha said.
According to Wayne, catching up with friends isn’t the only thing Taneisha is looking forward to in Malaysia.
“She’s eyeing off the $10,000 prize money already.” Wayne said.
The 15-year-old currently works at McDonald’s, but she hopes to one day make a full-time living from the sport.