SINGAPORE: Singapore's young bowlers are aiming to strike it big at the upcoming Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championship.
They won seven gold medals at the last championship in Indonesia two years ago, placing Singapore top among the seven competing nations.
Now the team hope to match or surpass their 2012 performance.
The young bowlers have been working the lanes for the past month at the Singapore Sports School bowling centre.
The squad is relatively new, with only a few of the bowlers from the 2012 edition participating this year.
18-year-old Darren Ong, who clinched the doubles gold two years ago, remains optimistic.
He said: "For the past one month, I feel that the team has come together very well. We have quite a good chemistry between the players, so I am sure team bonding over there would not be a problem."
The lanes at the Sports School have been oiled to simulate the conditions at the Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre in Jakarta.
The venue may be the same as in 2012, but kegler Charmaine Lim said other challenges await.
She said: "It's definitely going to be different because the team managers and the coaches who are going are very different and there are going to be different competitors, different countries participating although the venue is the same."
The team will also have the added pressure of defending their top placing.
They took 12 medals then - seven golds, three silvers and two bronzes.
Singapore outclassed host Indonesia, who ended in second spot with five medals, two of which were gold.
Thomas Fox, Team Singapore’s coach, said: "I think the competition is going to be much tougher this time -- we understand the Indonesians are well prepared and the Koreans have always been good in bowling, so we are looking for a tough fight from them."
Korea A had taken the fifth spot two years ago, with two medals -- a silver and a bronze.
The Singapore team, together with three officials, leave for the Indonesian capital on Sunday.
They will have at least two days to get used to the lane conditions in Jakarta before the official competition kicks off next Wednesday. - CNA/xq