July 17, 2012 11.48 am This story is over 117 months old

Lincoln tenpin bowler wins bronze at World Championships

Bronze bowler: A young Lincolnite was recently placed in a bowling world championship .

Danni Hopcroft pictured bottom row, second from lef

Ahead of this week’s Olympic Games, local tenpin bowler Danni Hopcroft scored a bronze medal with the England team at the World Youth Championships in Bangkok.

The 21-year-old was part of the national team which was made up of four girls.

They played a series of six games to qualify for the semi-finals, and fended off stiff competition from the USA, Japan and Germany.

A tough semi against Singapore saw them narrowly miss out on the final by just 24 pins.

However, they were up against countries who are the best in the world and spend entire days training.

Danni spent most of her time practicing at Lincoln Bowl and, along with the rest of the England Team, had to raise the £2,000 entry costs herself.

Some other nations are able to afford to give their representatives backing.

Her hard work was rewarded when she stood on the podium and achieved the rank of 29th best female bowler on the planet.

After the competition, Danni thanked everyone who gave her help and support, including Lincoln Bowl and fundraiser Jem Cook.

Sleaford’s Digital Printing Services sponsored her efforts and the company’s Matt Savage said: “We’re really impressed and proud to have sponsored Danni. She won bronze and that says a lot.”