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Meet Saudi Arabia’s Golden Boy…BADER AL-SHAIKH

 A Happy New Year to all our readers. May 2009 prove to be an even more successful year than last year!

The 9th Milo World Junior All-Stars Bowling Championship concluded with one of my former youth bowlers successfully defending his title. This makes Adrian Ang the only ‘Boys Open’ youth bowler to have won this Championship a record 3 times! Congratulations Adrian. Also to Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane who captured the ‘Girls Open’ Championship…her first International title.

However, one bowler did stand out among the participants…Saudi Arabia’s Bader Al-Shaikh. It was a joy to watch this very talented bowler bowl an 816 qualifying score. Speaking to him later, Ivy discovered that his highest 3-game series was actually 851 (278-300-273) at a tournament in Saudi Arabia.

When pressed on how he was able to achieve such impressive scores, he gave credit to his former English Coach, Mario Joseph, who was in Saudi on a 3-yr contract.

Bader Al-Shaikh started bowling at the tender age of 10 years. It became a passion that saw him practising between 5-6 hrs daily (seven days a week) during his first 6 yrs into bowling. So when his English Coach appeared on the scene, he was able to scale new heights in his bowling career.

Bader achieved his first perfect game at the age of 14 yrs and has a whopping 24 perfect games (300) to his credit today…aged 21. He also won 2 golds at the Asian Games in Doha in 2006, capturing the All Events gold and the Doubles gold with his 18 yrs’ old brother, Hassan, and a host of other titles.

Although bowling is his passion, Bader has decided that studies must also come first. He has been residing in Brisbane, Australia for the past 3 mths to further his studies on Finance.

Bader has been to Malaysia 3 times and says he’s happy to be back again as Malaysia is one of his favorite countries to visit…’so amazing’…so he says!

You can find more information on him here

A small tip here…most Champion bowlers, or should I say ‘every’ Champion started out by bowling 7 days-a-week! No short cuts here, you must clock in the appropriate number of lane time to be successful. So make your New Year resolution to clock in more training time at the bowling alley this year!

Happy bowling


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 Today we feature Adrian Ang, a member of the Malaysian squad that won the10th World Youth Championships Team Gold in Orlando, USA. As a prelude to the World Youth, Adrian was also part of the Men’s Team that won the Team Gold at the 20th Asian Championships held in Hong Kong. Adrian capped it off by winning the Masters Gold medal as well.

Here are excerpts of Ivy’s interview with Adrian when we caught up with him and Team mate Aaron Kong recently.

Ivy: Congratulations on your recent impressive achievements, Adrian.

Adrian: Thank you.

Ivy: Can you tell me what made you choose Tenpin Bowling instead of some other sport?

Adrian: Like Aaron, my father, Steven Ang, was also a bowler. He used to bring me to the bowling alley. I loved the sport.

Ivy: How old were you when you started bowling?

Adrian: I was 9 years old.

Ivy: What was your most memorable moment as a young bowler?

Adrian: When I first started bowling. I really fell in love with the sport. I became addicted to it…just couldn’t go through one day without bowling!

Ivy: I know it was a long time ago, but can you recall any memorable occasion with Jonathan as your Coach?

Adrian: Yes, of course! It was at one Circuit in Malacca. I was the Top Seed, but had just lost the first match. However, Coach was able to guide me to a second high game of 279 which helped me to eventually clinch the Masters Gold. I will never forget that!

Ivy: What would you say is the most important aspect or stage of bowling that aspiring bowlers should focus on?

Adrian: Definitely their Basics. That is very important.

Ivy: What additional bowling tips would you give to those who wish to emulate your success?

Adrian: You must be willing to make lots of sacrifices. Follow your heart. But most important, you must listen to your Coach…be willing to work with him. To improve, focus on your progress stage by stage.

Ivy: Thank you so much, Adrian, for willing to share your success secrets with the bowling community. Jonathan and I wish you every success in your future endeavours. We know you have a very bright future ahead of you.

Adrian: It has been my pleasure. You are most welcome.

There you have it folks. Golden tips from a young World Youth and Asian Champion. You too can be one if you follow these invaluable tips. You can also have access to the very same Basic Fundamentals at my website: Feel free to check it out.

Till the next post, have fun bowling!



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