2017 Illawarra Academy of Sport ten-pin bowler Zowie Dreghorn

Tenpin champ: IAS Tenpin Bowling Athlete of the Year Zowie Dreghorn got the taste for bowling as a six-year-old. Photo: Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio

Tenpin champ: IAS Tenpin Bowling Athlete of the Year Zowie Dreghorn got the taste for bowling as a six-year-old. Photo: Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio

Zowie Dreghorn

2017 Tenpin Bowling Athlete of the Year

As a member of the pilot Illawarra Academy of Sport Tenpin Bowling Program, Zowie is a fine example of how an Academy Program can assist in elevating athletes to higher representative honours.

The 13-year-old bowler applied for an Academy Scholarship as she thought it was a great opportunity to improve her game, which it clearly has.

In 2017 Zowie has increased her average by 20 pins, seeing her finish third at the NSW State Titles and qualifying for the 2018 National Championships to be held in Melbourne in April.

She bowls out of Shellharbour Bowl under the tutelage of national coach Andrew Frawley as well as Jen Jones, Zowie’s first coach who has been with her ever since.

The two coaches have been major influences on her career so far and  Zowie attributes her love for bowling to both of them.

In 2017 Zowie has increased her average by 20 pins, seeing her finish third at the NSW State Titles and qualifying for the 2018 National Championships.

Zowie started bowling when she was six years old at a friend’s birthday party.

She kept asking to go bowling and soon after joined her first Junior League, where she finished third.

Enjoying her bowling and developing an understanding that hard work pays off, Zowie now is looking at what possibilities Tenpin Bowling can now provide including a College education in the United States.

The Illawarra Academy of Sport provides athletes with the programs to develop, excel and achieve through sport.

The IAS is at the forefront of pre-elite athlete development in NSW and prides itself on the ability to engage the region’s leading coaches and industry experts to deliver life-changing programs.

Talented young athletes and coaches within the Illawarra region not only achieve excellence through sport but become respected young ambassadors for the community, the Illawarra Academy of Sport and their valued partners.

The Illawarra has a rich history in developing and elevating athletes to higher representative honours, with the Academy a significant vehicle in the process.

Over three decades, the IAS has supported more than 5500 young people from across the region in their pursuit of sporting excellence.

The IAS has produced, (including Rio 2016), 15 Olympians (17 medals), 17 Commonwealth Games representatives (25 medals), 11 world champions and 71 senior national team representatives.