Knocking down Records

A Darwin tenpin bowler in her first Alice Springs Masters Games bowled a near perfect score at yesterday’s women’s teams open event.

Rebecca Voukolos scored 299 out of a possible 300. That was after she scored 269 and 258 to help her team amass 1800 points and smash the record of 1678 set in 2004.

Voukolos, 36, was eligible for the open category because she has a 222 average. The entry point is an average of 177.

She said she was delighted with the win and with the effort that sees her and her teammates knock over the 12-year-old record and enter the history books.

The win is all the more sweeter because Voukolos has had her sights on attending an Alice Springs Masters Games for some time.

“This was one I definitely wanted to tick off the bucket list,” she said.

“I’ve been wanting to come to for a while.

“I used to enjoy going to the Arafura Games in Darwin, and the Alice Springs Masters Games is similar.

“As soon as I got old enough I wanted to set some records and show others what I can do.”

Voukolos only just scraped through on the eligibility age of 35.

She is the youngest competitor taking part in tenpin bowling at these Games but she has an impressive list of past accomplishments.

In 2015 she was a NT Sports Award recipient and she has competed at several World Championships.

Last week Voukolos placed 8th at the Asian Zone Championships in Hong Kong and in December she will represent Australia at the World Singles Championships in Qatar.

Voukolos only flew in to Alice Springs from the NT capital yesterday morning but was already feeling the spirit of the Friendly Games.

“The best thing is that everybody is really relaxed,” she said.

“People are laughing and having a good time. Nobody gets upset if they bowl badly.

“It is definitely the Friendly Games.”