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Apprentice Autum bowled over to represent England

Apprentice Autum bowled over to represent England

Local ten pin bowling star and Alan & Thomas Insurance Group employee Autum Chamberlain from Poole has been selected to represent England in the Ten Pin Bowling World Championships to be held in Las Vegas this August.

The eighteen year old former Rossmore Community College student has been bowling since she was just five years old and has represented England from the age of thirteen. During this time, she has won over seventy UK, European and World individual, doubles and team medals at junior and adult level including team gold at the European Championships in Holland last year.

Along with her five teammates, Autum will make up the Team England Ladies adult team and not only is she the youngest team member, she is the only team member born and bred in Dorset. She practices four to five times a week and is supported by her parents who accompany her on the various UK and worldwide trips, all at their own expense.

An apprentice at Alan & Thomas Insurance in Poole, Autum must now raise the money to fund the trip to the World Championships herself as there is no central funding for ten pin bowling in the UK, unlike the USA and Sweden where the event is a recognised sport.

To help her on her way, Alan & Thomas has donated a three figure sum to the appeal and Autum has planned several fundraising events herself, including a 10km sponsored run in July. Generous colleagues at Alan & Thomas are also chipping in with funds by holding dress down days and a special breakfast between now and the August departure but Autum still has a huge sum to raise so is appealing to local people and businesses for their help.

“To represent England at the sport which I love is truly an honour but I have to raise quite a large sum of money for this dream to happen. I am grateful for the support I have already received from friends, family and colleagues at Alan & Thomas but I still have a long way to go!”

If you would like to support Autum, please visit her fundraising page online www.gofundme.com/2kyz4o