10th November, Singapore: Singapore national bowlers are aiming for a good outing at the 16th Asian Games as they prepared to leave for Guangzhou, China on Wednesday morning.
Team Singapore, accompanied by high performance manager, Melvin Lim together head coaches, Henry Tan, William Woo, Francis Teo and Mervyn Foo, were sent off by staff of SingaporeBowling, parents and friends at Changi Airport terminal 3.
The team were in high spirits as they gear up for a good outing when the competition begins on November 13 with the official practice sessions. Melvin Lim will attend the team managers' meeting on November 11 to finalise the team.
Despite having five first-timers in the women's team and four in the men's, the team members do not feel intimidated by their debut.
Jasmine Yeong-Nathan triumphed in the biggest tenpin bowling stage when she won the AMF World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico two years ago. The 22-year-old will certainly feel at home when she gets to the lanes.
Jazreel Tan competes with the men at the US Collegiate League and she will also relish the chance to face her own gender at the games. Geraldine Ng and Shayna Ng have competed in the Asian Championships so the duo will face familiar oppenents.
The youngest member at 17, New Hui Fen will rise to the ocassion just as she demonstarted at the inaugural Asian Youth Games last year with 2 gold and 2 silver medals as well as 2 gold at the Asian Youth Championship in January this year.
Cherie Tan will provide the leadership and inspiration to the team and intends to mark her second Asiad appearance by proving to everyone that she packs a lethal punch on the lanes.
In Guangzhou, Remy Ong will be seeking to repeat the 3 gold medals the 31-year-old won at the Busan Asian Games in 2002. After winning the 2009 Qatar Open and 2010 Saudi Open titles, Ong is hoping to return to the winning podium.
Jason Yeong-Nathan, who is making his second appearance will provide the needed inspirations to his younger team-mates and debutants, Basil Low, Benjamin Lim, Mark Wong and Ng Tiac Pin in the men's team.