A TEENAGER from Garstang is hoping to strike out against some of Europe’s top young talents after being picked for the England 10-pin bowling squad.
Garstang Community Academy pupil Alice Pell, 15, has proved a hit on the lanes since starting playing at the age of seven and is the first player ever from Lakeside Megabowl in Preston to be selected to represent the national team.
Alice, who has represented Lancashire in the sport, is in her first year with the England academy and is soon to find out whether she will make the Under 16s team for the championships in Vienna, Austria in May.
Alice said: “It has just been amazing, I got this letter inviting me for a trial with the “Jets” - I didn’t know what it was until my friend from Lakeside told me it’s the England side!
“I’ve met so many great people and learnt so much since training with them and I would love to make it to Vienna. I don’t want to be over confident but I’m training hard to put myself in a good place and have a good chance.”
Alice boasts a top score of 216 and has countless trophies to her name.
She will travel to Sheffield on February 19 to train with the English team and work with her professional tutor.
Alice, who juggles her five times a week training with her GCSE studies, added: “People don’t understand how tough a sport it is.
“I have a lot of drills to work and it’s none stop. But it will be incredible if I make the team and I’m really excited about it.”
Mum Carolyn, who plays for Lancashire’s senior side said: “I am over the moon and so proud of her. It started out as something we could do together.
“It is a fantastic achievement, she is very keen and working hard.”
If chosen Alice will be one of six girls and six boys to make up the Under 16s squad.