Tenpin Bowling

The IAS Tenpin Bowling Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented Tenpin Bowlers by providing industry leading high performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October and concluding September.

The Illawarra Academy of Sport (IAS) is an independent sporting organisation that provides the opportunity and encouragement for talented athletes to achieve excellence in sport.

The IAS Tenpin Bowling Program is designed to support the developmental needs of the regions young talented tenpin bowlers by providing industry leading high performance sport development programs. Scholarships are offered for a 12-month period commencing in October  and concluding September .

IAS Tenpin Bowling sessions will be held fortnightly/monthly at one of the IAS's primary training venue in Shellharbour and Mittagong, however some training sessions may still be held at other bowling centres throughout the Illawarra Region including Wollongong, Kiama and Shoalhaven.

IAS Scholarship holders will be exposed to high level competition through their participation in the annual ClubsNSW Academy Games, as well as through the various club, zone and state tournaments which athletes are required to participate.

IAS Scholarship holders are expected to attend ALL scheduled IAS Tenpin Bowling sessions in addition to club, representative and other sport commitments.


The IAS is committed to the development of the holistic athlete by providing elite training in tenpin bowling specific skills development, athletic movement development programs as well as an elite sports education curriculum.



Sports Specific Skill Development- SSSD

IAS Scholarship athletes are provided elite tenpin bowling skill development programs and exposed to high quality instruction from the region’s leading tenpin bowling coaches. Athletes are provided training in tenpin bowling specific skill areas including defence, attack and recovery as well as game management. Through the use of video analysis athletes are also provided both technical and tactical feedback on individuals techniques and decision-making.


Athletic Movement Development - AMD

IAS Scholarship athletes receive a comprehensive Musculoskeletal Screening and individualised pre-hab exercise programs as well as an athletic movement competency screening with specific high performance resistance training programs designed for individual athletes needs in line with the long term athlete development model. Additionally, scholarship holders will receive tenpin bowling specific physical testing in line with the requirements of NSWTPB.


Elite Sports Education Curriculum - ESEC

IAS Scholarship athletes will complete an education curriculum covering sports specific topics including sports nutrition, performance psychology, drugs in sport and athletic movement & injury prevention as well as personal development topics including athlete professionalism, goal-setting & time management and media awareness & public speaking.

Education sessions will be in the form of workshops and will require athletes to complete a home task as well as an online assessments towards the end of the scholarship period.

The IAS along with its sponsors and supporters covers the majority of the costs associated with the sports scholarship program. Scholarship athletes may however be required to contribute to some additional components of the program such as camps and tours.

New athletes are required to purchase the basic IAS Uniform which while partly subsidized by the IAS, is a cost to the athlete.

First Name Surname Council
Zowie Dreghorn Wollongong
Samuel Sutton Wingecarribee
First Name Surname Position Council
Luke Hannon Coach Wingecarribee

To be eligible for a Tenpin Bowling Scholarship, athletes must:

  • Reside within the Illawarra Region, Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee, and
  • Be a playing member of a NSW Intercentre Shield Team affiliated with NSWTBA through one of the centres in the Illawarra area, and
  • Demonstrated talent in either NSW Junior Intercentre Shield or the Junior Regional Bowling Circuit, and
  • Hold a minimum average of 155 over 24 games at the time of trials, and
  • Between the ages of 13 to 18 at the beginning of the 2017 scholarship year i.e. be between 13 - 18 in October 2017.

Satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following qualities;

  • Demonstrate through past performance and/or the potential capacity to perform at a high level, and
  • Display attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance, and
  • Display an ability to apply coaching & technical instruction, and
  • Physical abilities and physical skills considered to be essential for eventual success in tenpin bowls, and;
  • The ability or potential to work as part of a team to achieve excellence.

The selection process for the 2018 IAS Scholarship include the following:

  • All athletes MUST submit an Athlete Nomination Form - Now Open
  • All athletes need to attend the Trial to be held between 11th and 22 September 2017

New Athletes Only

  • New Athletes will be required to attend a short interview with the IAS staff and coaches between Monday 9th October – Friday 13th October 2017
  • Program Overview
  • Program Specifics
  • Athlete Fees
  • 2017 IAS Tenpin Bowling Squad
  • 2017 IAS Tenpin Bowling Management
  • 2018 Athlete Eligiblity
  • 2018 Selection Criteria
  • 2018 IAS Tenpin Bowling Selection Process