PETALING JAYA: Youngster Sharon Koh has won the final spot in the girls’ team for next month’s World Youth Bowling Championships in Germany.
The 19-year-old Sharon and Zatil Iman had to go through a three-day selection trial at three different bowling centres and, after a total of 36 games, Sharon accumulated a total of 7,334 pins to come out tops.
Zatil managed only 6,994 pins.
Sharon will now join three others – World Championships singles gold medallist Esther Cheah, Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman – for the Germany outing.
Sharon is elated to compete in her first world event.
“This is a great break for my bowling career. It was not an easy trial but I am glad I was able to maintain my pace. We bowled at centres in Indah Parade, The Summit and Bangsar. We had two blocks of six games every day. The first block was on the long oil surface and the second block was on the short oil patter,” said Sharon.
“The trial really tested both us on our abilities to adapt to the different lane conditions.”
Sharon hopes that the world youth outing would propel her to bigger things in bowling.
“I am in the MTBC (Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress) Gemilang programme. I will probably focus more on the senior tournaments after the world youth meet. I hope to do well in Germany,” said Sharon, who is currently training under the guidance of Holloway Cheah.
Besides winning the national title this year, Sharon also won a gold in the doubles (with Noor Hanisah) for Selangor at the recent Malaysian Games (Sukma) in Kedah. She also bagged two silver medals (All-Events and Masters) and a bronze (team).
If Sharon continues to show good progress, she may even be considered for this year’s Asian Games in Doha from Dec 1-15.
Currently, those on course to be selected for Asiad are Wendy Chai, Shalin Zulkifli, Zandra, Esther, Choy Poh Lai and Siti Safiyah. Only six women and six men will be named for the Asiad.
Meanwhile, the four boys named for the world youth meet are Zulmazran Zulkifli, Aaron Kong, Adrian Ang and Zaid Izlan Ibrahim Hakimi.
Yesterday, the MTBC also named a four-member team for the third Commonwealth Games in Melbourne from July 2-9. They are Mohd Noer Said and Isaac Russell Paul (men) and Wendy and Poh Lai.