White wants grand slam after Scot success

Hayley White won her third Home Nations crown of 2012 in Scotland
Hayley White won her third Home Nations crown of 2012 in Scotland
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HAYLEY WHITE claimed her third British Open title of 2012 and declared: Now I want the grand slam.

The 23-year-old, from Cosham remains on course for a clean sweep of Home Nations wins after adding the Scottish Open crown to earlier successes in the Irish and Welsh Open.

White said: ‘The aim now is definitely to try to win the English Open next month and complete the grand slam.

‘I am in the form of my life and to achieve that would be extra special.’

The Team England international’s imperious run of form continued last weekend in Livingston, when she won the Scottish Open in emphatic fashion.

Competing against both men and women, White claimed the overall honours with a whole game to spare.

‘It was strange because I went into the last game knowing I had already won the title so it meant I was able to relax and not worry about the result.’

But even with the pressure off, White proved that winning is becoming a force of habit.

She added: ‘I struck-out at the end of the last game and looked up at the scores and saw that I had won by one pin.’

White’s achievements are made all the more remarkable when considering she was studying for a degree in primary Education at Winchester University at the time of both her Irish and Welsh Open victories.

Perhaps more impressive, however, is that her recent Scottish Open success was achieved whilst adjusting to life as a full-time primary school teacher.

And White admits that, despite her recent success, juggling a burgeoning bowling career with studying and teaching has not been an easy process.

She said: ‘I finished my degree in June and since then I have just been concentrating on my teaching.

‘I am now a full-time primary school teacher and responsible for 31 children so, as you can imagine, I don’t have as much time to bowl as I used to.’

Such is White’s ambition and passion for bowling, it is not just the grand slam that she has set her sights on.

‘We have the Commonwealth Championships coming up in February in New Zealand,’ added White.

‘Last year I was privileged to compete in the tournament in Malaysia as part of a victorious Team England and I would love to be involved again and defend the title in New Zealand.

‘I will have to continue my form and keep bowling as well as I have been and then, hopefully, that will mean I am selected again this time.

‘It would be a huge honour if that could happen.’

White will be back in action next month when she competes in the UK Open in Nuneaton on Sunday, November 25.