Bowling Celebrates 30 Year Milestone of Distinguished Service by Queensland’s Gail Torrens

 

TBAQ Proudly Supported by Queensland State Government

22 January, is a significant date, and two-fold celebration for Tenpin Bowling Association of Queensland CEO, Gail Torrens.

It marks her birthday, and also coincides with the date in 1993 that she was welcomed as a part-time volunteer for the sport of tenpin bowling as State Coaching Director of Queensland.

Since then, Gail’s life and career have completely melded with the sport she loves.

Her talents and dedication were quickly recognised and she was employed as TBAQ’s State Coaching Director in 1994 – a job she has maintained till this day.  Awarded tenpin bowling’s first Grad. Dip. (Elite Sport Coaching) by the University of Queensland, Gail went on to qualify at every level as a High-Performance Coach, Educator, Trainer and Mentor, including coaching Athletes with a Disability.  At the same time, she remained a competitive athlete, bringing a wide range of skills and experience to her growing administrative and coaching responsibilities, and providing strong leadership to the Tenpin Bowling Association of Queensland (TBAQ) as its CEO since 2011.

National and international highlights of her career include roles as Manager of the Australian team at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo in 2004 and Manager/consulting Coach for the 2008 Men’s World Championships team in Thailand.

Gail travelled to the United States in 2004 at the invitation of American coaching icon Dick Ritger to conduct four 5-day camps alongside 11 international level coaches for almost 250 bowlers from all over the world.   She maintained links with international branches of the sport in many roles over the years as convenor and Tournament Director for Bowling at the biennial Pan Pacific Games and coordinator of TBAQ’s Talent ID international pathway for junior and youth bowlers.

In 2019 Gail was honoured with induction into the TBAQ Hall of Fame and in 2020 she was invited to join the Board of QSport, as Chairperson of QSport’s Indoor Sport Group.    Her distinguished career of service to the sport was confirmed in 2022 by selection as a finalist for the prestigious Queensland Sport Administrator of the Year Award.

Gail’s achievements and outstanding contribution to tenpin bowling and the wider sports community are acknowledged with admiration and gratitude by her colleagues throughout Queensland, and nationally.

“Gail is extremely well respected in our sport – she has an innate ability to engage at all levels and to grow our sport through her strong connections with athletes, proprietors, coaches, volunteers, QSport and other important stakeholders including the Queensland government,” stated TBAQ Chairman, Nathan Stein.  “On behalf of everyone involved in our sport and the TBAQ Board, I would like to congratulate Gail on this milestone and thank her for her continued passion to grow our great sport,” he added.

For further information or to arrange an interview with Gail, please contact
Lynne Clay on 0419 444 280 or
lynne.clay@outlook.com

  TBAQ Proudly Supported by Queensland State Government 22 January, is a significant date, and two-fold celebration for Tenpin Bowling Association of Queensland CEO, Gail Torrens. It marks her birthday, and also coincides with the date in 1993 that she was welcomed as a part-time volunteer for the sport of tenpin bowling as State Coaching […]

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TBAQ North Queensland Adult Committee 2023 Walter Rachuig Roll-offs

The Roll offs for the 2023 NQAC Crocs Walter Rachuig team are to be held on 7th and 8th of January at Townsville Tenpin and Fun Centre. To see the Roll- off forms including Format, Nomination process, as well as the pattern head to the link below. Anyone not paid by dec 30 will be ineligible to compete.

2023 NQAC Walter Rachuig Roll Offs (with pattern)

The Roll offs for the 2023 NQAC Crocs Walter Rachuig team are to be held on 7th and 8th of January at Townsville Tenpin and Fun Centre. To see the Roll- off forms including Format, Nomination process, as well as the pattern head to the link below. Anyone not paid by dec 30 will be […]

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Entry forms for Junior and Youth Sprint and 2023 Presidents Shield Team Nomination

If you are interested in signing up for either the Junior and Youth Sprint or would like to Nominate or find more information regarding the South Queensland 2023 President’s Shield team, please see the forms below.

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Jason Belmonte earns 7th PBA PLAYER OF THE YEAR award

5 November 2022:  Jason Belmonte’s seventh PBA Player of the Year award announced today caps a remarkable year for the 39 year-old bowler.  His trademark exclamation BOOM! features in the deluge of tributes pouring in for the Aussie superstar from Orange, New South Wales.

Legendary performances on the lanes that delivered five PBA titles, including a historic 14th Major saw Belmonte lead the 2022 PBA Tour in both earnings and points, garnering 62.9% of the votes by PBA members and the media for his seventh PoY accolade, well ahead of Americans Anthony Simonsen and Kyle Troupe.

This record-breaking success, together with recognition of his talents and contributions to the sport and the community at large with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) are amongst numerous highlights for Belmonte this year.

“Winning my seventh Player of the Year has as much meaning to me as did my first,” Belmonte said today.  “Every time I leave my home I want to make sure I do everything I can to make it worth leaving.  “My 2022 season was one of my finest from start to finish and I’m excited to get back to the PBA Tour in 2023,” he added.

Belmonte is credited by sports writers as one of the greatest athletes in recent memory, with a dominance rivalling that of Tiger Woods and Serena Williams. Of the pre-eminent professional sports in the United States, only Wayne Gretzky, Barry Bonds, Novak Djokovic, Woods, Williams and Walter Ray Williams Jr. have won at least seven equivalent honours in their respective sports.

Further details of Belmonte’s 2022 PBA Player of the Year award are contained in the official announcement attached.

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For further information or to arrange an interview with Jason, please contact
Lynne Clay – E:  lynne.clay@outlook.com or M:  0419 444 280

5 November 2022:  Jason Belmonte’s seventh PBA Player of the Year award announced today caps a remarkable year for the 39 year-old bowler.  His trademark exclamation BOOM! features in the deluge of tributes pouring in for the Aussie superstar from Orange, New South Wales. Legendary performances on the lanes that delivered five PBA titles, including […]

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QUEENSLAND BOWLERS SCOOP TITLES IN ALL THREE TENPIN PREMIER LEAGUE EVENTS

QUEENSLAND BOWLERS SCOOP TITLES IN ALL THREE TENPIN PREMIER LEAGUE EVENTS

Maroon flags are flying high as the Queensland bowling community celebrates the stunning success of its competitors in the inaugural Tenpin Premier League series.

In the third and last TPL event for 2022, 20-year-old CAMERON STEIN from Toowoomba clinched the TPL Melbourne Decider title with a thrilling perfect score in the innovative five-frame final against fellow Queenslander JAMIE ROBINSON from Brisbane’s Mount Ommaney.

“I am over the moon, I was just taking it shot by shot and trying to really enjoy being out there even in such a high pressure situation. “Bowling against Jamie in the finals really did help as we could have that friendly banter which really did ease any nerves,” said Stein following his win.

A points system introduced for the TPL series had opened the door for Robinson to overtake the winner of the two previous TPL events, 25-year-old JARROD LANGFORD from Ayr in North Queensland.  However, when Stein stormed home for the decisive win against Robinson, Langford emerged victorious as the inaugural TPL series champion with a commanding series points tally.

“That last game was two of the best youth bowlers in the country smashing it out, and I just got lucky,” Langford admitted with a grin.

Queenslanders’ clean sweep of TPL titles followed recent success for senior Queensland bowlers at the TBA50 event held recently at Wyncity Keon Park in Melbourne.   This included Tony Hamilton’s 300 game and Gold medal with Brian Olsen in the Men’s Doubles, Karen Smith’s Gold medal in the Classic Cup and a Gold medal performance by Team Queensland (Karen Smith, Suz Wenzel, Brian Olsen and Tony Hamilton) in the inaugural TBA50 Teams Matchplay event.

“It’s certainly been an exciting display of the talent of Queensland bowlers of all ages,” TBAQ CEO Gail Torrens said proudly.  Torrens, too, has recently been selected as a finalist in the Administrator of the Year category of the upcoming 2022 Queensland Sport Awards.

For further details and full scores from both the TPL series and TBA50 events, go to www.tenpinresults.com.au.

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For further information, please contact
Lynne Clay on 0419 444 280 or
lynne.clay@outlook.com

TPL Melbourne Decider Champion – Cameron Stein – on the lanes

Cameron Stein

TPL Melbourne Decider runner-up Jamie Robinson

2022 Tenpin Premier League overall Champion – Jarrod Langford

QUEENSLAND BOWLERS SCOOP TITLES IN ALL THREE TENPIN PREMIER LEAGUE EVENTS Maroon flags are flying high as the Queensland bowling community celebrates the stunning success of its competitors in the inaugural Tenpin Premier League series. In the third and last TPL event for 2022, 20-year-old CAMERON STEIN from Toowoomba clinched the TPL Melbourne Decider title […]

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