Thomas hunts ideal 300 after returning to tenpin bowling
THE same movement repeated hundreds, if not thousands, of times allowed Jason Thomas to pick up tenpin bowling where he left it almost 15 years ago.
As a relative latecomer to the sport, Thomas got into bowling when he was 20 years old in Brisbane.
"My brother, Kevin, used to work at a bowling alley in Brisbane," Thomas said.
It did not take long for Thomas to rise through the ranks but he decided to take a break from the sport when he moved to Nanango.
Now 35, Thomas said he took a 14-year break.
But the draw of bowling a perfect 300 drew him back into tenpin bowling last September.
"This year I'm hoping to shoot 300, I haven't shot 300 yet," Thomas said.
"My highest score is 279, but 249 since I got back into it."
Despite his time away from the sport Thomas said it was not too dissimilar to learning to ride a bike - once you get it, it stays with you.
"A lot of it is in muscle memory," he said.
To bring him up to speed Thomas entered the Elite League at the Kingaroy alley, where he plays every Thursday.
Thomas said he was surprised how little it took to get back onto the top rungs of the ladder.
"We're five weeks into the season now and at the moment I'm in fourth (out of 12)," he said.
With the Kingaroy alley's timber lanes Thomas has to adjust to the reaction quickly to pick up his game.
As the timber lanes contract and expand in the different temperatures the ball can travel differently.
"The first couple I see what reaction I get," Thomas said.
"If I get too much reaction I move my feet to the left."
Thomas bowled a 249 last week.