Bowlers Basil, Bernice Set World Youth Championship Records
SSP's 2012 World Youth Championships Team Of the eight bowlers who represented Singapore at the 12th World Youth Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23 June to 3 July 2012, seven were Singapore Sports School alumni. The Boys Team of Basil Low Eng Howe, Keith Saw Hui-Xin, Mark Wong Jee Mun and Ng Chiew Pang, and the Girls Team of Bernice Lim Hui Ying, Ilma Nur Jannah and New Hui Fen, along with Darshini Krishna, achieved Singapore's best performance at the Championships since it started in 1990, winning 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Basil, Bernice and Hui Fen also rewrote three Championships Records.
In the Boys Singles event, Basil knocked down 1,449 pins to better the one-event six-game Championship Record by 2 pins. Then in the Girls Doubles event, Bernice and Hui Fen set a second Championship Record - a combined score of 507 pins in one game. Bernice then scored a Perfect Game in Game 2 in the Masters Final Round 1 challenge to put herself on the one-game high score list, and a third Championship Record.
In the Boys Singles event, Basil finished top of the pile with a 241-pinfall average but settled for bronze after losing 188 to 196 in the semi-finals to American Marshall Kent, the eventual gold medallist. The Bernice-Hui Fen pairing also took home the bronze medal in the Girls Doubles event.
Both the girls' and boys' teams won the Team silver Hui Fen's consistent performance throughout the Girls' Singles, Doubles and Team events also gave her the All-Events silver medal.
In the Masters Finals, Bernice's 300 pinfalls in Game 2 shot her from 14th position (last 24) to 4th position (last 8) before she tied with Hui Fen with a score of 6,421 pins and they had to face off with a one-ball roll for the semi-finals. Hui Fen, who started first, shot 7 pins Bernice, went 1 pin better to advance.
Bernice lost her semi-final match to Malaysia's Jacqueline Sijore to share the bronze medal with another Malaysian, Dayang Khairuniza, who was defeated by South Korean Hwang Yeon-Ju in the other semi-final. Eventually, it was the Korean who won the gold medal, and the Malaysian, silver.
While Singapore missed out on gold this time, the bowlers can take comfort that they are the most successful Singapore team in the history of the Championships and every member of the team returned with at least one medal.
Boys Team - Basil Low Eng Howe, Keith Saw Hui-Xin, Mark Wong Jee Mun and Ng Chiew Pang
Girls Team - Bernice Lim Hui Ying, Ilma Nur Jannah, New Hui Fen and Darshini Krishna
Girls All-Events - New Hui Fen
Boys Singles - Basil Low Eng Howe
Girls Doubles - Bernice Lim Hui Ying and New Hui Fen
Girls Masters Final - Bernice Lim Hui Ying