A long-awaited dream came true for Melton sureshot Katie Tagg after winning a national ten pin bowling title.
Bowling in the Junior Nationals in Nuneaton, held over four weeks, Katie was on top form, setting a singles score of 644 over three games.
Following the doubles and team competitions, she racked up a daunting aggregate of 1,822 over nine games.
The scores propelled her to the top of the national rankings for her graduate (17-18) age group, but she then faced an agonising two-week wait to see if any girl could overhaul her score.
But she was not to be caught and after eight years of trying, finally had her national title.
Last year, Katie won six medals bowling for England Under 18s at the Junior Triple Crown against Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
One below average tournament saw her narrowly miss out on selection for the European Championships, but this only inspired her to practice harder and her average went up 10 pins to 195.
After bowling six Youth European Tour events in England, France, Belgium, Ireland, Holland and Denmark, she topped the YET rankings by a distance while retaining the Junior Irish Open and bowling her first perfect 300 game.
She is lying third in the rankings for this year’s Triple Crown and competes in the trials later this month.