3rd March, Singapore: Clapping and cheering filled the entire NSRCC Bowling Centre during this year’s first BOWLinks bi-monthly bowling challenge held on 3 March 2011.
SingaporeBowling received full registration with a total of 54 participants forming 18 teams coming from 9 different organizations. This bi-monthly bowling challenge includes new participants comprising of 9 bowlers from the Special Olympics bowling team who will be competing in Athens in June 2011 and participants from The Society of Transplantation (Singapore).
To inject a stronger fun element and excitement to encourage these participants to enjoy the fun bowling, Mrs Florence Khemlani, Chairman of BOWLinks, introduced 8-pin tap to the bowling game. This is also the first time the bowlers experience bowling in this new format where they work hard towards bowling a ‘strike’.
In our BOWLinks bi-monthly challenge, our youth bowlers are roped in to assist in the programme where it is part of the life-skills training planned by SingaporeBowling to imbue and infuse in our bowlers a sense of public service and compassion for fellow Singaporeans.
Bowlers New Hui Fen, Basil Low, Oriana Tay and Felicia Teo helped out in the BOWLinks programme where they assisted the handicap bowlers at the venue and also took photographs with them and provided them bowling tips during the games. Our bowlers also help to serve these participants with refreshments after the game.
Apart from the prizes given to the top 3 teams, SingaporeBowling also gave out 2 Perfect Game Awards to 2 winners – Ismail and Low Soon Kia of the Bowling Association for the Disabled (Singapore) in the March BOWLinks Bi-Monthly Challenge.
Ismail was the bowler who won the doubles gold during the Asian Para Games in November 2010 and is also an employee in NSRCC Bowling Centre. The top 3 teams are As the Bowling Association for the Disabled (Singapore) is the champion team, they also received a ‘miniature’ challenge trophy to bring back to their association.
Since the start of SingaporeBowling’s community project – BOWLinks in 2005, this initiative has been receiving overwhelming responses all the while from the special needs children and adults from the various schools and associations.
With the support from Canon Singapore this year, we are confident we can continue to run this project with success and bring tenpin bowling as a sport for all to these less fortunate in promoting wellness and encourage a balance of life.
The next BOWLinks bi-monthly challenge will be held end April 2011. Interested organisations can contact SingaporeBowling at Tel: 6440 7388 for more details.
Photos by SingaporeBowling.