ONES TO WATCH – Jenny Wegner, Sweden
World Bowling has searched the globe to bring you the best up and coming young bowlers! In this five week series we will present our finest picks and those athletes that we predict will take the bowling world by storm!
Our pick for this week’s “One to Watch” is the number one ranked athlete in the European Women’s Ranking (as of August 2015), 21yr old Jenny Wegner. With a list of home and international successes that seriously impress, Jenny’s stack of awards include gold medals from last year’s European Women’s Championship and the 2015 Swedish Youth Championship and a silver and two bronze medals at last year’s World Bowling Youth Championship. Inspired by her European and youth category victories, in 2015 Jenny decided to focus her training towards the international circuits and has already achieved success at the 2015 Brunswick Madrid Challenge and last week competed in her first ever Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) tournament, the Bowlmor AMF US Women’s Open. There will be no stopping her and we are certain to see much more from Jenny in the near future!
Jenny, you have done really well for yourself in 2015, you have just returned back home from the Bowlmor AMF US Women’s Open, can you tell us how it went?
I was happy to make the first cut in my first ever PWBA event but it was definitely one of the most challenging lane patterns I’ve ever played on! I am looking forward to getting back on the lanes and starting my preparation for next year.
So aside from next year’s PWBA events, what are your long-term goals within the sport?
At this particular moment one of my goals is to represent Sweden at as many international championships as I possibly can. My main goal however is what every single athlete in any sport dreams of and that is being able to take part in the Olympic Games.
There is no better feeling on the planet than putting on the national colours of my country and getting the opportunity to represent Sweden at an international level with other people that share the same passion as me.
What advice would you give to young people that are interesting pursuing a career with bowling?
There are plenty of highs and lows at all different levels of this sport but to anyone who is trying to compete at a high level of any sport, they need to train hard and stay dedicated to it because I feel preparation is very important in any sport. My favourite sport’s quote is “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
So if hard work prevails, then I am guessing you have a grueling training schedule?
I train four times a week for two hours a day during the week, weekends are mostly dedicated towards tournaments. When I don’t have a competitive tournament on the weekend I will train anywhere from four to six days a week. I always make sure to get at least three to five hours of cardio exercise a week and at least an hour of mental exercise a day.
Well the hard work seems to be paying off! Thank you Jenny and congratulations on your recent performance at Bowl AMF US Women’s Open.
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