Youth bowlers, including four from Belait (L to 4th L), were nominated to represent Brunei at this year’s SUKMA in Sarawak. Picture: BT/Aaron Wong
BY AARON WONG
BELAIT - FOUR youth from Belait have been nominated to represent Brunei’s 10-pin bowling team at the upcoming 18th Malaysian Games (SUKMA) in Sarawak.
Sisters Nur Afiqah, Nur Asyiqin and Nur Aqilah Noor Zain have been nominated alongside Safwan Anwar, said Brunei’s Sports School 10-pin bowling coach Ahmad Athery Hj Abd Samad last weekend. Ahmad Athery said that the group will be competing with other nominees from the other districts for a place in the SUKMA team in July.
Brunei are likely to send one men’s and women’s team for the tournament.
Each team comprises of five members and they will compete in the singles, doubles and team categories.
“They have proven themselves worthy of nomination, and it will be up to the department (Department of Youth and Sports) to decide which athletes will go to compete in July,” said Ahmad Athery.
All four from Belait are being nominated for the first time.
Safwan Anwar – only 15 – hopes to make the final cut with his game averaging close to 200 points.
“I have been working hard on my technique and have been doing well at the Sports School’s Bowling Circuit, so hopefully I will make it,” said Safwan.
The circuit, which completed its third edition for 2016 last weekend at the Grand Seria Bowling Centre, offers those from the Sports School and other youth looking to play competitively a chance to test and rank themselves as Brunei’s best Under-21 bowlers.
“The circuit is a good indicator for nomination and selection for regional tournaments because we are bringing the best youth together to play.
“For SUKMA, the age limit also happens to be 21,” said Ahmad Athery.
Meanwhile, Afiqah and her sisters - who are being coached by their father, a regular competitor in Belait’s bowling scene - recorded scores of between 694 and 713 points across four games last weekend at the circuit.
“This is our (sisters) first time being nominated to represent the national team so we are very happy, but we know we need to improve our average (and consistency) to make the final cut,” said 16-year-old Afiqah, the youngest of the three.
This year’s SUKMA is to be held in Kuching, Miri and Sibu.
Brunei sent a 25-member contingent to compete in athletics, karate, pencak silat, sepak takraw and taekwondo at the last edition of the tournament in Perlis in 2014.
The sultanate finished at the bottom of the 15-team table with one gold medal in Perlis two years ago.
Karateka Md Izzuddin Irfan Md Faizal won the medal after victory in the 84kg and above category kumite final.
-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times