Tough being a coach but Alex will roll with the punches

  • Bowling
  • Sunday, 09 Aug 2020

National men's bowler Alex Liew in action during training session before leaving for the World Championships in Hong Kong at Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya. FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.

PETALING JAYA: Being a coach is tougher than being a bowler!

That’s former international Alex Liew’s (pic) early assessment after assuming his role as the national youth coach together with Azidi Ameran at the Sunway Mega Lanes.

The 44-year-old has been working with several bowlers since last month.

“It’s harder because I have to look at ways to make the bowlers better. I’ve to look at their weak points and work on their techniques... it’s challenging, ” said Alex.

“When I was bowling, I could not see the wrong I was doing. A coach can see it. Now, I understand better the role of a coach.”

As tough as it may be, Alex said he was enjoying it.

“I would not have chosen anything else. It’s a joy to work with the youths and see the improvements they make, ” said Alex.

“For example, one of the bowlers did not have the right approach, we adjusted it and he’s bowling it the right way. Some were slower, so we increased the speed. It’s nice to see their progress.”

Without any tournaments lined up until the end of this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alex’s first big test as a coach will be at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Johor next year.

“Most of our national youths will be taking part in Sukma under their respective states. It will be good to see how they fare at the meet, ” said Alex.

“Besides that, I will also be at Sukma to identify new talents for the team, ” he added.

Alex was one of the most successful bowlers in the men’s team having won many medals in major tournaments, including the Asian Games, over the last two decades. His presence as a coach is expected to add depth to the youth department.

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