Pan Am bowler Dan MacLelland: 5 things you didn't know about pro bowling

Dan MacLelland is a professional bowler from Kitchener competing at the Pan Am Games. He explained a few things you need to know about professional bowling.

Dan MacLelland is one of the top professional bowlers in the world, currently ranked 15th by the Professional Bowlers Association. The Kitchener, Ont.-based bowler will be competing at the 2015 Pan Am Games starting on July 21. We asked MacLelland to tell us a few things we might not know about life as a professional bowler. Here's what he said:

'When we started to use the blue oil on tour, it really showed how much we can destroy a lane with all our talent.' 

A bowling lane covered in blue oil. (Submitted by Dan MacLelland)

MacLelland said he and some fellow bowlers put blue oil on a lane to show how much wear and tear happens during a professional bowling game. This photo was taken after 10 people had bowled on the lane for about half an hour. In the lead-up to this year's Pan Am Games, MacLelland said he is bowling 6-8 games a day, which takes between an hour and a half to two hours, five days a week. 

'We like to dress fun sometimes too! But most of the time it is serious.'

(Submitted by Dan MacLelland)

Tyrel Rose, the head coach of Team Canada bowling on the left, and MacLelland, on the right, wore these Canada pants in Cali, Colombia for the 2013 World Games. 

'No matter how much we want to win, we always cheer on our closest friends.' 

Dan MacLelland supports his friend and roommate on tour. (Submitted by Dan MacLelland)

MacLelland is wearing a jersey supporting Josh Blanchard, his roommate on the Profession Bowling Associate tour. This photo was taken in Maine in March this year.

'We love taking pictures of balls!' 

(Submitted by Dan MacLelland)

All of the balls in this picture belong to MacLelland. For the Pan Am Games, he can bring up to ten balls with him, but only six can be on the lane during a game. He can switch balls in the middle of a game, but he can't change the texture of the balls. Bowlers will often use an abrasive substance like sand paper to change the grit of the ball so it will hook sooner or hook more or in a different spot on the bowling lane, MacLelland said. 

'Lastly, we always have time and love spending as much of it with our loved ones at home!'

Kristy James, Dan MacLelland, and their newborn baby girl, Harper MacLelland, born on June 6 this year. (Submitted by Dan MacLelland)

MacLelland and his wife Kristy James with their newborn daughter Harper, who was born on June 6, 2015. 

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