Bowlers Up the Ante


Singapore Sports School bowlers train for accuracy at Kegel Training Center

Ten days of intense training at one of the world’s most renowned bowling centres, Kegel Training Center in Orlando, Florida in the USA, paid off for eight top student-athletes from the Singapore Sports School Bowling Academy. The trip was funded by the EW Barker Endowment, administered by the Temasek Education Foundation, which aims to nurture young talent in the area of sports. In November 2015, accompanied by their coach, the bowlers took part in a gruelling training programme that got them in top competitive form for the Singapore National Championships, which was held soon after, in mid-December 2015. The Kegel Training Center boasts the most up-to-date interactive coaching tools and video analysis software for competing in the sport of bowling and the flattest lanes in the world.

As a result of this training stint, the Sports School student-athletes performed extremely well at the Singapore National Championships with Jermaine Seah, 15, winning the Girls’ Youth Open title. Jermaine followed this up by winning the Girls’ U15 title at the 16th MILO International Junior All Stars in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. At the same competition in Malaysia, Jarred Lim Jia Le, 15, who had also trained at Kegel, won the Boys’ U15 title.

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About Kegel’s training programme
Students-athletes from the Singapore Sports School Bowling Academy were first given a thorough analysis of their technical game and individual corrective methods. They attended lectures on the tactical aspect of the game, learnt different ways of distinguishing the wide variety of lane patterns and how to best approach them by adjusting bowling ball layouts and surface preparation. Time was also spent on applying better equipment preparation technics for competitions, implementing different aiming systems and studying lane topography.

About the history of bowling
The earliest known forms of bowling dates to Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Roman Empire. Remnants of balls used at the time were found among artefacts in ancient Egypt going back to 3200 B.C. The sport continued to gained popularity all over the world and finally came to Singapore for the very first time when ‘Jackie’s Bowl Orchard’ opened its doors on Christmas Eve in 1965. That signalled the start of a bowling boom of sorts in Singapore, as bowling centres sprouted all over the island. The Singapore Bowling Federation has since achieved success at the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games, World Championships and regional and world FIQ (Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs) tournaments with regularity.

Did you know…
Today the sport of bowling is enjoyed by 100 million people in more than 90 countries worldwide and continues to grow through the entertainment media such as video games for home consoles and handheld devices.