Hayley White proved she is the cream of the crop after celebrating her Commonwealth masters title by going crazy – with a Starbucks coffee!
Cosham’s tenpin bowling star turned in another medal-winning display out in Malaysia to add to her growing list of honours in the sport.
After a slow start to the tournament, White found her form alongside Yorkshire’s Nicky Ainge to grab a silver medal in the women’s doubles, as Singapore struck gold.
But the 21-year-old then stepped it up even further in the individual event to carry off a gold and edge past Singapore’s Shayna Ng to win a tense live televised final and spark the celebrations as she was engulfed by jubilant team-mates.
After an emotional medal ceremony, White knew she needed a mug of something extra frothy to toast her success.
White smiled: ‘When I won, I was crying. It was an incredible feeling to be Commonwealth champion.
‘Everybody ran on the lane, I got my medal and had the national anthem played. Then we all went off to Starbucks!
‘We were all in uniform and still on duty so we weren’t allowed to drink but at least I didn’t have to pay!’
While England failed to hit the heights in the team event, White upped her game when some much-needed adjustment to her equipment paid dividends.
She said: ‘I had to get my finger grips changed because of the heat out there and that seemed to work.
‘After that I had no fear and got into the final.
‘I was up against Shayna and knew we had lost out on quite a few medals to her and Singapore in the past.
‘And it was live on Singapore TV. I remember thinking: “deep breaths, don’t shake on live TV”.
‘I knew if I bowled a horrible shot, I had to keep my mouth shut as well.’
But with the venue packed with spectators, White managed to get the better of her nerves and was in control from the first frame.
A steady game saw her move ahead and she eventually claimed the title, posting a score of 218 to Ng’s 192.
And after Commonwealth success, White now has her sights set on world domination in Hong Kong in September.
She said: ‘I’m hoping to get picked for the Women’s World Championships in Hong Kong in September.
‘I would hope I’ve got a good chance. If I don’t get picked I would be very disappointed.
‘But the Commonwealth was my first-ever masters win.
‘My previous best was third and it really gives me confidence for the future.’