Quadriplegic Bowler Aaron Parker Enters 200-Club with a 202
26th, 2013, my friend and fellow Central Florida Quad Squad Bowler Aaron
Parker bowled a 202 and became the 6th IKAN Bowler user to bowl 200 or
better (to our knowledge; if you know another IKAN user who has broken
contact me here).
The 200-Club now consists of these
wheelchair & IKAN users (the bolded names are links):
Alex McDonald, Anthony (a Veteran who called us about breaking 200,
but he passed away before we got his last name or scoresheet),
Lilian Strandlund, and
me (Bill Miller).
Aaron's big bowling breakthrough came about
partially due to him discovering that if he keeps his head in the same
place on his headrest, he can get used to the same view and more
consistently release shots where he wants to. The results were quite
good: 153, 202, and 171 for a 526 series.
Here is Aaron's
Aaron achieved this at our Central Florida
Quad Squad Bowling outing. Most often, we have between three and six
wheelchair users bowling with IKAN Bowlers, and we have had eight of us
bowling before, but it just so happened that Aaron and I were the only
two who could attend that day. We all have a friendly competition
to see who can bowl the highest score on the afternoon.
Aaron beat me pretty
thoroughly that day, and though we do compete, I was quite happy to see
him enter the 200-Club. Plus I did have two moments that could be
considered the shots of the day. I had quite a few splits, including
nasty 4-10 splits at least twice. I put "at least twice" because I
picked it up once and came extremely close to doing it a second time.
To see why that's a
difficult shot, see the 6-7-10 picture
HERE, and note that the 4-10 would essentially be the reverse of the
6-7 split, which would be picked up the same way the picture shows the
6-7-10 is (when you graze the 6-pin at the proper angle, your ball
should automatically pick up the 10-pin).
I've been bowling
roughly twice a month for about 9 years with our Quad Squad, and I've
converted the 6-7-10 split about once a year. But I've never converted a
4-7-10 split, but the 4-10 is almost the same (requires the same
execution to convert it) and I almost did it twice within 15 minutes.
The second time, I hit the 4-pin at the right angle to slide it across
the lane into the 10-pin, and it bumped the 10-pin, which wobbled, but
didn't fall over. My co-inventor of the IKAN Bowler, Claude put a dollar
on my lap as incentive to convert the 4-10, and he said I should keep
the dollar because the 10-pin should've fallen.
But my vote for the
shots of the day were in Aaron's 202 game. He had four consecutive
strikes in his 2nd through 5th frames, which put him on track for
breaking 200. But after the worst split possible, the 7-10 split (which
is impossible for us IKAN users to convert because of our limited ball
speed) in Aaron's 7th frame, he was sitting on 145 with three frames
remaining. So unless he could string consecutive strikes together, he
would need either a strike or spare in each of the next three frames to
Aaron finished strike, spare, spare, and his
spare in the 10th was the real "pressure" shot (it automatically becomes
more difficult when you have the "pressure" of knowing you have a really
good game going and wanting to finish as high as possible. And I was
quite happy to see him convert his spare in the 10th, and follow it with
9 pins for a 202. Those were the real shots of the day.
From a bowling
standpoint, January 26th belonged to Aaron, but Aaron would tell you
that every day belongs to the Lord, as does the glory from Aaron's
excellent bowling (and my two shots). I second that statement.
For Aaron's original IKAN User Profile, click
WELCOME to the 200-Club Aaron! :-)
Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 255 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT