Cosham ace out to be a Hong Kong hit

Hayley White
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Hayley White is hoping for a striking performance when she competes in the Women’s World Championships in Hong Kong.

The current Commonwealth champion has travellled to Asia to represent England in the biggest tenpin bowling event of the year.

The competition, which begins tomorrow and finishes eight days later, will see the sport’s best female bowlers go head-to-head in both doubles and singles.

Around 33 countries will be taking part in total, ranging from Singapore to Venezuela, while all the national sides in action will see a total number of 169 competitors battling it out for glory.

And White admits the fight for a medal will be extremely tough, citing the Americans as the biggest threat to England’s shot at success.

‘It’s a really tough competition,’ said the Cosham star.

‘There are a lot of good teams, especially the Americans.

‘For some reason, this year pros are allowed to take part and the entire USA team are pros!

‘But we’ve beaten them before and we know we can do it again.’

The 22 year-old White is looking forward to the tournament’s start tomorrow, and although she revealed she may have time to enjoy the sights that Hong Kong has to offer, there is only one real reason why she’s there.

‘I’m very excited,’ said White.

‘The bowling starts straight away but we start very early in the morning because of the heat and humidity.

‘So that means we finish early, which means we have more time to go out in the evening and do some sightseeing.

‘I’ve been to loads of places so far and this is the second time I’ve been to Asia.

‘We’re all excited but we know there is a job to do.

‘We want to be the best and we all think we can be.’

With White away with the England squad for nearly two weeks in Hong Kong, she will be spending a lot of time with her five other team-mates.

But that’s no problem for the talented youngster, who says the morale in the camp is always sky-high.

‘We know each other really well,’ said White.

‘You have to be able to put up with others when you’re away for that long!

‘I’ve played with them all. Three of us were the team who won the European Championships and another was part of the squad too, but sadly she didn’t win.

‘We all get on really well.’

White has been on the rise in ten-pin bowling for many years now.

She announced herself on the world stage in 2010 when she bagged individual bronze and team gold on her senior debut at the European Championships.

That helped White scoop the runners-up award in the sportswoman of the year category at the 2010 News Sports Awards, as she continues to justify her status as one of the sport’s hottest talents.