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Singham3You always remember your first 300 game, according to Dr Dinesh Singham of Absolutely Dental @ Kirwan Plaza, Townsville, QLD

It feels pretty cool when you bowl a perfect game of 300 in a ten-pin bowling competition. As you approach the final frames, the pressure is on and the heartbeat increases. People in the alley soon get onto the fact that you are going for a 300 game. It gets quiet and you can sense everyone watching you bowl.
“The first one I threw was in a competition at the Surfers Paradise Tenpin Bowling Centre, which was also the first 300 game thrown there. The owner took a couple of photos of me with some meter-maids and put it on the wall. It could still be there. I haven’t been back since.

“When I was at university, I worked part-time in a bowling alley on Fridays and Saturdays. I thought I would give it a go, had a bit of coaching and really enjoyed it. There’s a definite art and sporting element to the game but there’s also the recreational side where you go for a laugh and a few beers with friends.

“If you just want to muck about with your mates, bowling doesn’t require any fitness at all. However, during a competition, you can be bowling up to 30 games in a weekend and that takes quite a bit of upper-body strength.

“Every year there’s a national competition and I represented Queensland in 2006, 2007 and 2008. It’s a pretty tough competition against the best in Australia and our team came fourth.

“I don’t bowl in serious competitions anymore. I’m just part of a league that meets every Wednesday. Our team is called The One and even though we haven’t been doing so well this season, it’s still a lot of fun.

“It’s a great sport for all ages and all levels of skill. Anyone can bowl in a league and be competitive. I throw about a 200 average and if I play someone with a 130 average, they’ll get a 60-70 pin handicap. If we both throw our averages, we are going to end up having a real battle.

“Dentists make good bowlers as it involves a fair bit of hand-eye coordination and that’s something we tend to have. It also gets you out of the surgery and away from golf. There’s just something very satisfying about sending the ball down and knocking over all the pins.

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