Natasha and Qalif are our new youth bowling champions…

After 9 Legs of intense competition to earn a berth at the SPORTEXCEL-NSC-MILO-MTBC JUNIOR CIRCUIT 2010 GP FINALS, the journey ended for 82 aspiring champions over the weekend. There can only be one champion each in the 6 categories. A total of 88 youths from East and West Malaysia qualified for the sort of ‘tournament of tournaments’ for the youth bowling community.

The annual SPORTEXCEL Junior Circuits have unearthed many raw talents over the years. As a coach who was involved with the country’s Youth Development Program since its inception in the late 1980s until about two years ago, I note with regret the lack of committed state associations this time around. The results show that only a few of them are committed to developing the sport of tenpin bowling in their home states. Every state will have a pool of talent. These youths have to be nurtured and given the best training at the grassroot level before they can be groomed for more competitive tournaments.

Let’s just take as an example the young and up-coming GIRLS OPEN Champion, Natasha Roslan from Selangor. Her parents Anita and Roslan believe in her potential. After winning many Junior Circuit Leg titles, she missed out on both the U12 and GIRLS GRADED GP Championship titles the previous two years. With a solid foundation from her former coaches, she was put under my personal coaching this year. Natasha blossomed immediately, walking away with the Peter Yap Championship title and performing well in all the tournaments she participated in. Winning the KL Leg GIRLS OPEN title was the turning point. She proved herself yet again by taking home the GP Finals crown this weekend…in her first year in the OPEN category and at only 14 years of age.

Qalif Adnor Adam is another talent to watch out for. This 15-yr old youth from Kuala Lumpur practically grew up at the bowling alley. Dad Adam was a bowler and Qalif started bowling at the tender age of 5. Winning the BOYS OPEN title should be a confidence booster to achieve more in the future.

I hope the Sports Ministry will keep its promise to promote sports at the grassroot level, starting by ensuring that the school teachers in charge of the various sports are properly trained before anything else. That being said, it is my fervent hope that more will be done to improve the stagnant standard of bowling development in the country.

Full results of the Sportexcel-NSC-Milo-MTBC Malaysian Junior Circuit 2010 GP Finals can be viewed at my ABC To Bowling Facebook Page.

Be on the look out for more bowling tips in the weeks to come.

Happy bowling.


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