If you believe it, you will achieve it. That’s how to describe the mindset of Wellington’s Jonathan Brown, who just recently bowled his first-ever perfect game — a 300 — on Sept. 14. During that same session, he also bowled his first-ever 800 series when he achieved an 813 at Greenacres Bowl.
Brown, 20, has been diagnosed with autism. The son of Maria and John Brown of Wellington, he started bowling when he was 14 years old. His passion for bowling and determination to improve are extraordinary.
According to his parents, Brown taught himself how to bowl by watching YouTube videos.
“I started watching Kyle Troup videos on YouTube, and that motivated me to learn more about bowling,” Brown said.
At the age of 14, he joined a youth league at Greenacres Bowl, and now he plays in an adult league, where his average per game score is 221. Brown is the only bowler in the league with autism.
Back on Sept. 14, one of his dreams came true when he scored his exciting 300 game. His bowling style has been described as unorthodox with unique approach, as is Troup’s bowling style.
Moving forward, Brown has many more dreams that he wants to accomplish, including the chance to go bowling with Troup, who he has already had a chance to meet.