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Bowler Bernice Lim Is 2013 NTU Sportswoman Of The Year

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Bernice Lim Hui Ying has much to celebrate in 2013. She won the Women’s Doubles gold medal at the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2013 at Incheon, South Korea; the Women’s Doubles gold medal and the Mixed Team gold medal at the VI Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships at Auckland, New Zealand.

National bowler Bernice Lim Hui Ying was named 2013 NTU Sportswoman of the Year at the NTU Awards Night on 18 October 2013 and became the fourth Singapore Sports School alumnus to win this accolade after sailor Jovina Choo (2010), hurdler Dipna Lim Prasad (2011) and sailor Victoria Chan Jing Hua (2012).
Bernice, from the Sports School’s graduating Class of 2007, is a final year Sports Science and Management student at Nanyang Technological University. 

Although most of the time spent on the bowling lanes has been to represent Singapore, such as the World Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships in July 2012, the Commonwealth Bowling Championships in March 2013, the Asian Indoor Games in June 2013 and the World Championships in August 2013, Bernice has also put in much effort to turn out for her university team, contributing to the NTU Girls’ Team winning the Overall Championship trophy in 2012 and 2013 at the Singapore University Games. In 2012, Bernice won gold medals in the Doubles, Team and Masters events and followed it up with another three gold medals in 2013 in the Singles, Doubles and Team events at the Singapore University Games series.

Bernice missed the NTU Awards as she is in Bangkok, Thailand, competing in the World Bowling Tour from 16 to 22 October.
 
Bernice was introduced to bowling when she was 11 years old. Her family used to bowl recreationally at a club and her interest in the sport grew after a while. She joined the Cathay Bowling Academy for a year and proceeded to try out for the Sports School Bowling Academy. She started bowling competitively after she was accepted into the Sports School. 
 
“I chose to study at the Sports School because I want to make bowling as my career in the future. The Sports School programme is ideal for balancing sports and studies and it provided me with another pathway to excel in something other than academics,” said Bernice.
Bernice said it is an honour to be selected as one of the pioneer batch student-athletes of the Sports School.

“My four years at Sports School taught me values that I still hold and practise. The Sports School programme has definitely shaped me into the student-athlete that I am today. Balancing sports and studies is not an easy task, but Sports School has a very structured programme which manages our time well so that we have a good balance in our life. Being introduced to such an organised routine at a young age was useful and the biggest thing I have taken away from Sports School is time management. 

“Staying at the Sports School’s Boarding School taught me discipline and independence. I was accountable for my actions and responsibilities such as laundry, cleaning up my room, revising on my own, and most importantly, recovery. The lights-out timing was set so that we would have adequate sleep. Therefore, it was up to us to be disciplined enough to adhere to the rules.” 

Bernice recounted that she has not always been successful. 
 
“Like any athlete, I had my fair share of ups and downs in my career. I started off as an up-and- coming youth bowler, where success came fairly easy and things just fell into place most of the time. 
 
“A couple of years later, when I faced my first of many setbacks, I didn’t know how to handle the difficulty. I was then faced with more and more obstacles which I failed to overcome. I lost all confidence and belief in myself, and everything went downhill. Progressive deterioration is the worst because you don’t know how bad it really is due to its subtlety. So for almost two years I went through training session after training session aimlessly and never found a way to turn things around.”
 
Bernice said she summoned all the courage and strength she had to take control, and change her mindset, which resulted in a change in her behavior.

“It didn’t happen overnight, but all I took was the first step to get it going. I stopped feeling sorry for myself, stopped thinking that things were out of my control; started to have more initiative and pushed myself when no one else would.”
 
Bernice said the management and coaching staff at Singapore Bowling Federation recognised the effort she was putting in and gave her many opportunities. Coupled with the emotional support of her family and close friends, Bernice managed to cross the threshold of poor performance and disappointment.

“I thank the SBF management and team of coaches for believing in me. I also want to thank the team at Singapore Sports Institute that provided us with psychology sessions, biomechanics testing and strength training to ensure that we enhance every aspect of our game.”
 
Bernice said it has been a tough lesson but through all that, she has learned that hard work prepares one for opportunities, and when opportunities come by, one excels – because one’s ready for it.

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Bernice Lim Hui Ying wins the Women’s Team bronze medal at the World Women Championship at Las Vegas, USA. Picture courtesy of Singapore Bowling Federation.