Magdalena Škreblin, who is 18 years old, plays bowling and clarinet. She has a lot of medals for bowling and still represents Croatia for bowling. She decided to be a bowler at a birthday party in 2013. She started to play the Clarinet in 2012. Let’s discover her sports journey.

  • First, can you introduce yourself?

My name is Magdalena Škreblin. I am 18 years old and studying at the School for arts, design, graphics, and clothes in Zabok. I just finished third grade for industrial design and I’m starting forth in September. I am also in music high school and I finished third grade, playing the clarinet.

  • How did you decide to play bowling as a professional?

I started bowling in 2013 after a birthday party I went to. The birthday was in a bowling alley. I fell in love with it. I was part of a Croatian representation in the last two world nine-pin bowling championships. Medals from those championships are my favourite. I won gold in a team for under 18 last year in Slovenia, Kranj, and a bronze this year in Elva, Estonia, also in a team in the under 23 category.

  • What do you do in your free time?

Besides practising, playing the clarinet and doing homework, I hang out with my family and friends, take walks, watch movies, read books, draw, volunteer and do lots of other things.

  • You said that you volunteer. What kind of volunteering do you do?

It depends, with DND I volunteered in “Zdravo i fino” – cooking and helping kids, with DND we were also painting walls in school, we do certain stuff like going to animal shelters, collecting bottle caps, making board games, making chairs from old tires.

  • How do you prepare yourself for bowling competitions? Can you describe your one day?

I do not have huge preparations for my competitions, I just try to take a good rest the day before and be calm, enjoy the moment and have fun. Every day of my week is different, but I have a routine. If my school starts in the morning, I would go to school then practice and after practice music school.

  • Do you have plans for the future? What would you like to do?

My plans after high school are to go to college and continue bowling.

  • What would you recommend for those who want to play bowling?

For someone who wants to try bowling, I would support and recommend trying it, it is fun and exciting and can also be played no matter the age.

Interview: Evin Arslan

Photos: Magdalena Škreblin

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