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Aussie Bowling Star Attracts Fans of All Ages

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jason Belmonte’s army of fans worldwide is vast and growing quickly. His collaboration with the Dude Perfect team to produce two block-buster ‘Trick Shots’ YouTube sensations has logged more than 100 million hits and continues to attract hundreds more viewers daily.

With almost 130,000 followers on Facebook, 83,000 on Instagram, and more than 35,000 fans avidly interacting via Twitter and other social media platforms, the Aussie bowling star is undoubtedly one of the most influential forces in the sport of tenpin bowling today.

As a professional bowler on the PBA Tour, Belmonte’s travel commitments between his home city of Orange, (4 hours’ drive from Sydney) to the United States, Asia and Europe is not for the faint-hearted, clocking up hundreds of thousands of miles annually.  Spending time with his wife and family is a top priority for the 35-year-old but, with seemingly boundless energy, Belmonte still finds time to interact with his appreciative fans. 
 
Belmonte recently hurried back from a family engagement party in Sydney to greet a group of excited young players competing in the Orange Junior Cup in his hometown following an impromptu video link to bowlers attending a gala Awards Presentation in Cairns, North Queensland.  The Cairns crowd warmly welcomed a special shout out to possibly Belmonte’s youngest fan, two-and-a-half year-old Mason Sheehan.

At two-and-a-half, Mason Sheehan from Cairns is possibly Belmo’s youngest fan.

Bowling is a family affair for the Sheehan’s.  Mason’s uncle and father have represented Queensland and Cairns respectively in many tournaments, his mother and grandmother are keen league players and Mason joined his cousin, six year-old Taylor Moss, in a weekend league when he was just 18 months old.  

“Jamie Miller gave Mason his first coaching lesson and he was hooked from then on,” his mother, Jenny explained.  “We put some of Jason’s tournaments on the TV for him to watch and he loved it.  “He learned a lot of the players’ names and he definitely has his favourites - Jason Belmonte is the lead runner followed by E.J. Tackett, Tom Smallwood, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, Dom Barrett, Anthony Simonsen, Jesper Svensson and Pete Weber,” she added with a broad smile.

Just like fans of other sports, when it comes to identifying their favourite player, one of the most common ways is to wear their favorite’s jersey and Belmonte leads the Pro Tour in replica jersey sales by the PBA’s partner, H5G Brands.  A collection of official Jason Belmonte jerseys, replicating those he has worn in PBA Tour competition between 2013 and 2018, are available on the H5G Brands’ website while fans also snap up a variety of unique ‘Belmo’ merchandise marketed by Opens external link in new windowAthlete Originals.

Belmonte has now returned to the USA to compete in the first three tournaments of the 2019 Go Bowling PBA TOUR.  Over the course of the season, the PBA will conduct events in 24 different cities and five countries.  Last weekend he notched third place in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic which was televised live from Arlington, Texas on FOX and FS1 to an estimated 200+ million homes across the United States and live-streamed via the FOX Sports Go app.  Coverage was expanded even further internationally via FloBowling (Opens external link in new windowwww.flobowling.com) which is billed as the next evolution in live streaming of the greatest bowlers and bowling events in the world.

Belmonte’s next challenges will be the PBA Oklahoma Open and the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles at Fire Lake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma qualifying for which will run concurrently, beginning Tuesday 9 January. 

Belmonte and the winner of the Hall of Fame Classic, Bill O’Neill, won last year’s Roth-Holman Doubles title in convincing style and are highly favoured for back-to-back titles this year.

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