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Adam Michaels, OH 1994-2004, has won national competitions for Ten Pin Bowling
Adam after winning the English Open in 2018
Adam after winning the English Open in 2018

Students of Hymers College are more known for playing rugby or hockey but for Adam Michaels, he was competing, outside of school, in the sport of Tenpin Bowling.

Adam studied at Hymers College from 1994 until 2004, starting in the Junior School.  From the age of 10 years old, he took up the sport in the Junior League in Hull.  At about 13 years old, he started playing in local Adult Leagues with his mum and at the age of 15 years old, he had his first perfect game, a perfect score of 300.

2008 Young Adults Club Triple Crown (under 24s)

Adam first received representative honours at U16 level for Yorkshire and went on to represent Yorkshire at U16, U18, and Young Adult Club (YAC) for U24 and as an adult, won the National County Championships with Yorkshire at all levels.  In fact, when Adam was 21 years old, he was playing in both the YAC and Adult for Yorkshire at the same time.

2016 Adult Triple Crown Medals 2017 Adult Triple Crown Medals


He first played for England at U24 YAC level and later on for team England, twice at Triple Crown events and once in the World Championships in Hong Kong, finishing 46th in the world. Individually, he has been multiple-time National Champion and has won many tournaments. The biggest of which, domestically, was the English Open.

In 2013, Adam competed in The Maccabiah Games, which are open to Jewish athletes from around the world, and to all Israeli citizens regardless of their religion.  The 19th Maccabiah Games were held from July 18 to 30, 2013.

The Games brought together 7,500 competing athletes, making it the third-largest international sporting event in the world after the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.  The Maccabiah held competitions in 42 disciplines, including Tenpin Bowling.

Team England and Maccabiah Games Shirts

He has also won the inaugural “English Sports Tour”. This was a series of events throughout the year in which players earned points toward a final-year ranking. The top bowlers of the year then competed to win the “Masters” at the year's end with the prize being an all-expenses paid trip to the USA to bowl against the pros in an event called the USBC Masters.

Adam has since retired from the sport due to injury in 2020.  However, during his time competing, he received a perfect score of 300 an impressive fourteen times.

Away from the sport, Adam is a part shareholder and Director of Endyke tyres.  After leaving Hymers College, he originally went to Nottingham University to study Civil Engineering due to his love of maths and physics.  Unfortunately, after his first two months, he realised that he wasn't enjoying the course and so applied to transfer to an economics course which Nottingham accepted but only for the following September. He came home for 9 months and learned to cook in a commercial kitchen before heading back the following year to study industrial economics. Once again, after a couple of months, he realised that studying was no longer for him.  He went home to try and pick up his chef job again and possibly go to culinary school but unfortunately, they had replaced him already.

However, his father, who had started Endyke Tyres in 1976, asked him to come and show him something on the computers that he knew Adam had studied, and in the first month that he was there, he had engineered £5k of savings.  As a result, his father told him he had better stay in the business.

I was happy to do so and have worked there ever since. In 2012, my father retired (but is my landlord) and we took investment from another tyre firm (Bush Tyres). So now I am a part share holder and director of Endyke tyres and also work in the headquarters of Bush Tyres helping run their business.

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