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12-year-old Becomes Youngest in Australia to Bowl 300

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Tarkyn Percy has become the youngest ever bowler in Australia to roll a recognised perfect game when he created history at the South Australian State Championships on Sunday 19th February at Bowland Salisbury.

At just 12 years and 5 months, Percy smashed the previous record of 13 years and 4 months set by Adam Svensson at AMF Cannington back in 2009.
After attending the State Championships for the first time, Percy didn’t get off to the best start with games of 162 and 179, well below his average of 190 and in his own words was having “a bad day”.
With only one game to go, the Whyalla bowler was “just hoping to bowl better” before making the 400km journey from Adelaide to his home town.

After a few “lucky” shots things started to change for the two handed bowler who began bowling league at the age of two, but the nerves were starting to kick in.

With mum Briony and partner Martin Roughsedge, who also bowl, watching on, the pressure was mounting and she was feeling every shot.  “There was a lot of nerves and running to the toilet.  It was something we wanted to happen but if it didn’t it wasn’t a huge thing.  He’s still only young,” his mum said.

With only one shot to go the 12 year old didn’t take a moment to consult with his Mum but instead got back on the approach and said to himself “don’t throw it wide”

As he released the ball, the crowd rode the shot and the pins fell.  With celebrations underway Percy said that “it felt like the perfect shot and there was plenty of relief.”

But for Briony - who knew how rare an achievement like this can be - the emotions flowed.  “It was instant tears.  I am just so proud of him.  It is such a huge achievement.  A big thanks goes to his coach, Michael Tran who has helped Tarkyn tremendously,” Briony added. 

With the crowd buzzing, the family stayed for the presentation and then got in the family car to start the 4 hour journey back to Whyalla that would be like no other they had taken before.

With one weekend left in the State Championships the family headed back to Bowland Salisbury the following Sunday to see Percy finish second in the Masters event and book his place in the South Australian team to compete at the Australian Junior Championships at AMF Frankston in April. 

With dreams of representing Australia in the future the youngest ever bowler in Australia to bowl a recognised perfect game, Tarkyn Percy will be one to watch in the years to come.

To watch the historic moment click here.