National bowler Timmy Tan hopes to improve his results in tournaments after being selected to the elite squad this year. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: New recruit Timmy Tan is hoping for a change of fortune in the National Championships at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid which culminates with the step-ladder Finals on Saturday.
While bowling with the back-up squad last year, the 19-year-old missed out on the step-ladder finals by just six pins to finish the Masters in fourth place. Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek went on to win the title.
“Honestly, I think I’m playing much better now especially after I started training with the elite squad under coach Holloway Cheah.
“I can see improvements but obviously I could be better. I just hope I can turn my progress in training into success,” said Timmy.
He is one of the new faces in the eight-man squad for the elite men’s squad. Three other additions are Syimir Abdul Razak, Jonathan Ding Sagan and Mohd Rafiq Ismail.
The seasoned bowlers in the squad are Zulmazran Zulkifli, Adrian Ang, Alex Liew and Syafiq.
But before stepping onto the lanes for the National Championships, Timmy will have to conquer the Inter-state Championships which begin on Tuesday with the singles event.
Last year, Timmy bagged the gold medal in the doubles for Federal Territory, along with Syimir.
“I have a bigger ambition this year to win more in the Inter-state. I’m not sure yet if I can defend the gold medal with Syimir as the pairs will only be named after the singles, but I would like to win more medals,” he said.