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Striking Performances At National Bowling Championships
51st Singapore Nationals & 6th National Youth Championships
Shannen Ong Yuan Lin
Secondary 3, Bowling Academy
Our Singapore Sports School bowlers took part in the 51st Singapore Nationals & 6th National Youth Championships 2021 over two gruelling weeks held from the 27 November to the 11 December 2021 at Temasek Club @RifleRangeRoad. This year with the COVID-19 rules in place, the atmosphere of the bowling centre was definitely different from all the other years where many parents and supporters would be allowed in the competition venue. It was indeed odd but also a new experience for all of us.
Diploma in Business student-athlete Xavier Teo Jun Hao and alumna Charmaine Chang Yu Qian topped the Men’s and Women’s Open categories. Both of them are first-time champions in these categories.
Sports School bowlers made a clean sweep of the Under 15 Girl's event. Lim Shi En came in 1st, Ashley Victoria Lok took the 2nd place and Eng Yi Hui finished 3rd in the stepladder final. Past student-athletes had a 1-2-3 finish in the Women’s Open. Colleen Pee and Charlene Lim Ji Yi took the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively in the Women’s Open category which alumna Charmaine Chang won.
For the Under 18 Boys and Under 18 Girls, John Yong-Ming Faragalla and Taneisha Kaur Teo Eelin both finished 4th in the stepladder final. Lastly, for the Youth boys, Darius Huang Weixiang finished 2nd in the stepladder final. Even though I did not win anything for this competition, I still stayed behind for the Under 15 Girls stepladder final as I wanted to support my teammates and congratulate them on their win.
I learnt many things from this competition and I also hope to come back stronger in the future. In closing, I would like to end with a quote from Jovan Chua who achieved a 300 game in the Masters qualifying, Oiling B, and how he felt during and after the game. “I guess I was quite nervous during that day, especially during the last few frames. Before each shot, I took my time and calmed myself down before I got on the approach. I knew that as long as I bowled a good shot, my ball would do the rest so I tried not to overthink. After the game, I felt happy as there was a prize but I also had to focus on my next game.” Indeed, we should strive to never give up even when things are not going well.
1st - Lim Shi En
2nd - Ashley Victoria Lok
3rd - Eng Yi Hui
2nd - Dylan Teoh Zi Jun (Alumni)
4th - John Yong-Ming Faragalla
4th - Taneisha Kaur Teo Eelin
Youth Open Boys
1st - Leong Weng Hong (Alumni)
2nd - Darius Huang Weixiang
Youth Open Girls
2nd - Colleen Pee (Alumni)
4th - Ashley Victoria Lok
1st - Xavier Teo Jun Hao
4th - Muhd Danial Zheng Yi Bin Abdul Nasir (Alumni)
1st – Charmaine Chang Yu Qian (Alumni)
2nd - Colleen Pee (Alumni)
3rd - Charlene Lim Jia Yi (Alumni)