SingaporeBowling wins two Sports Awards

17th April, Singapore: They may be young but they are full of confidence and drive and demonstrated great sportsmanship on the lanes. Participating bowlers were cheering, clapping and exchanging high-fives during the tournament and the prize presentation at the Primary Schools League 2011 Masters Finals held at HomeTeam NS Starbowl.

The Brunswick Primary School Bowling League 2011 attracted a pool of young confident bowlers, who came with a common goal in mind - that is to win. Iliya Syamin, 11 from Haig Girls School was very positive about winning the Masters.

Iliya, who started bowling when she was 8 years old, won five individual awards over the four weeks of qualifying to emerge as champion in the Girl's Masters.

Though she had to compete against fellow team-mates from Sports Lab Team 1, Iliya felt the competition on the lanes did not affect their friendship.

In fact it made them closer. Third-place finisher Charlene Lim, who is currently a Primary 6 student with Sembawang Primary strongly agreed with Iliya.

“I do not feel the rivalry among all of us during the competition. Iliya has always been a better performer (than me) and it is her strong performance that motivated me to bowl better on the lanes,” said Charlene. “I'm happy that as team-mates, we were able to qualify for the Masters together.”

“Iliya has performed well in this tournament. Her win has proven her preparation and training on the various lane conditions were in the right direction,” said Iliya's coach, Aloysius.

Both the Boy's champion, Royce Lim, 10 from ACS Primary and second runner-up Aloysius Ng, 11 from Maris Stella High (Primary) were hoping to be future world champions.

Both young bowlers have a common idol - National bowler, Remy Ong and looks to train harder and be able to join the national team and represent Singapore in the future.

“I've been watching videos of Remy bowling on the lanes on Youtube and he has shown strong perseverance in his games,” said Aloysius. “I hope I can continue to persevere hard and balance my studies and training well and eventually qualify for the national team.”

Aloysius's father, who was with him during the tournament, has been his pillar of support and encouraging him with words of support whenever he faces challenges on the lanes.

Boy's Masters champion, Royce Lim, who is a quiet boy, found it challenging to balance studies and training. Royce also agreed that they will need to continue to persevere and keep on practicing and continue to learn from their bowling idol - Remy.

Royce, who uses the Brunswick bowling ball in the Masters, also won the Brunswick High Performer Award of a Brunswick High Performance bowling ball in addition to the product voucher and trophy.

For the year's event, Aloysius Ng and Charlene Lim won the Level 1 and 2 of the Brunswick Special Incentive Awards for being the first bowler to hit a game score between 170-179 and 180-189 respectively.

Royce Lim won both the Level 3 and 4 of the Brunswick Special Incentive Awards for bowling 192 and 206 during games 2 and 3 in the Masters.

Photos by SingaporeBowling.