Nachimi Itakura

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Nachimi Itakura
Native name Kanji: 板倉奈智美
Spaced hiragana: いたくら なちみ
Born (1975-06-17) June 17, 1975 (age 42)
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Bowling Information
Affiliation JPBA
License no. 372, Class 36
Rookie year 2003
Dominant hand Right
Wins 7
300-games 3
Personal blog Official blog

Nachimi Itakura (板倉奈智美, Itakura Nachimi; born June 17, 1975) is a Japanese female professional ten-pin bowler. She is a member of the Japan Professional Bowling Association, license no. 372.

Biography[edit]

As a 13-year-old, Itakura was into swimming. She was good enough to participate in the Junior Olympics. After retiring from swimming, she took up bowling upon the recommendation of her mother. She was coached by Yoshikazu Nishida. While in school, she captured three high school tournaments, including the 1993 17th All-Japan High School Championship.

After graduating from high school, Itakura planned on working in the bowling business, starting off as an office lady at a bowling center. In 1997, at the age of 22 years, she gave up her job when she was selected as a member of the Japan national team. Between 1999 and 2000, Itakura competed in various professional and amateur tournaments. She competed in the NHK Cup Japan All-Star Championships. And, she became the first and only Japanese to win the AMF World Cup (2001).

Itakura became a professional in 2003, becoming the first bowler to enter the JPBA under a waiver, based on her success as an amateur, thereby bypassing the qualifying stages (usually, a bowler has to qualify via a series of difficult tests, which for many bowlers takes multiple years before they are successful.)

In 2011, Itakura-pro finished the JPBA season 24th in points (980), 19th in scoring average (206.21), and 24th in money with 784,000 yen.

Major accomplishments[edit]

Amateur

  • 1993 - 17th All-Japan High School Championship (winner)
  • 1999 - 33rd Japan Invitational Bowling Championships (winner)
  • 1999 - 12th All-Japan Ladies Tournament, Youth Division (winner)
  • 2000 - 34th Japan Invitational Bowling Championships (winner)
  • 2001 - 37th AMF World Cup (winner)

Professional

  • 2003 - 35th All Japan Women's Pro Bowling Championship (winner)
  • 2004 - 36th All Japan Women's Pro Bowling Championship (winner)
  • 2005 - 27th Kansai Women's Open (winner)
  • 2005 - Pro Bowling Ladies 新人戦 (winner)
  • 2007 - BIGBOX Higashi Yamato Cup (winner)
  • 2010 - 26th Rokko Queens (winner)

DHC

P★League

  • Tournament 4 - 2nd place

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