HARTLEPOOL schoolgirl Amy-Louise Teal bowled over the opposition on her international debut - picking up a gold and a silver medal.
The 14-year-old ten pin bowler pulled on the England colours for the very first time in a competition against fellow talented youngsters representing Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
And the English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College pupil left Dunfermline, in Scotland, on top of the world after she bowled her way to a gold medal in the team category and a silver in doubles.
But rather than rest on her laurels, motivated Amy-Louise is already back in competition as she looks to qualify for the same competition again next year and enhance her international credentials.
Her proud mum, Joanne Tumilty, 32, said: “She did so well.
“She has been playing since she was nine and she’s always wanted to represent her country, so to get to do that, to play so well and to win a gold and a silver was fantastic.
“She’s been on a high ever since.”
Despite Amy-Louise’s international success, Joanne explained the difficulty the teenager has had in finding vital sponsorship she may need to continue playing the game she loves.
Other than a £300 grant from organisation Grant Givers, Amy-Louise hasn’t received any financial support, meaning her international coaching, travelling and accommodation all has to be funded by her supportive family.
But after Joanne had her hours cut as a teaching assistant and admin assistant at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, in the town, she admitted the need for support is greater than ever.
“We are desperately looking for sponsorship and support,” said Joanne, who lives in the Rift House area of Hartlepool with partner Wayne Teal, 39.
“The £300 from Grant Givers is the only support Amy-Louise has had.
“I have written numerous letters but we haven’t had anything back at all.
“I don’t know how long we will be able to continue to fund Amy-Louise, as much as we will obviously continue to try to do our very best.”
Any individuals or businesses who want to sponsor or support Amy-Louise can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07969964745.