Double victory for Sports School youths

28th May, Singapore: Singapore Sports School's youth and debutant, Nu'aim Syukri Bin Yusri clinched his maiden victory in the Boy's Under-15 Masters finals of the 44th Singapore International Open while Kimberly Ooi Jingyi bagged the Girl's crown on Saturday.  Both the champions attributed their success to their coach, Thomas Fox for his advice during the finals. Nu'Aim, who never expected to win against other much stronger opponents, were just aiming for a top 5 finish.

The champion picked up the sport at the age of 9 after joining his cousins in the game as part of their family gathering. He joined Singapore Sports School in order to continue to learn the sport alongside his studies pursuit.

"I'm happy to have the support of my coaches, friends and family with me during the competition," said the delighted Nu'Aim, who finished with 1587, just 13 pins ahead of Alex Chong in second with 1574.

Jeppry Aw shared third spot with Marcus Leong on 1555 while Ryan Wong Tian Hong completed the top 5 with 1495.

Meanwhile, Kimberly Ooi, who only made the finals in the final qualifying squad at 6.00pm last night, surprised the strong field to romp home a comfortable victory with 1528 and 84 pins margin.

"If she couldn't win this year, she can't qualify for the Under-15 division Masters next year. I'm happy to see that her strong fighting spirit put her through and helped in her victory," said Mrs Ooi, mother of Kimberly, who was overjoyed with tears.

"Im thankful for the coaching she receives from the Sports School coaches which helped Kimberly in her performance today and I hope she can eventually fulfill her dream to be selected into the national squad."

Rachael Tan Mei Chan and Isabele Lee Xin Yu finished second and third with 1444 and 1410 respectively. The Youth Under-18 Masters finals will be held tomorrow, May 29.

Photos by SingaporeBowling.