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Australian Bowlers Set to Compete in Chinese Taipei

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Australia are set to join athletes from across Asia at the 19th Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championships in Taichung, Chinese Taipei.

The six-day tournament which officially begins on Tuesday, will see the best junior bowlers from the Asian zone compete for medals across singles, doubles, teams, all events and masters competitions.

The tournament is set to start with the girl’s singles on Tuesday morning at 11am (AEST) and Australia’s coach, Shane Bernhardt said the team has prepared well for the pressure cooker environment of the Da Chung Bowling Centre.

“The junior development camp held at the AIS in July was a great opportunity to get the athletes together and with four days in Singapore prior to the commencement of the Asian School Championships, I am confident that the athletes will be well prepared” Bernhardt said.  

“Additionally, I have spoken with most of the athletes’ personal coaches and have been delighted with the level of preparation that the athletes have done from an individual perspective.”

Having overseen Australia’s 2017 Asian Schools campaign which boasted a medal haul of one gold, two silvers, Bernhardt believes this year’s team has talent and a team culture.

“We certainly have some individual talent on this team and some athletes that have successfully competed at this level previously.”

“However in my opinion, our greatest strength is that we are one team of 16 athletes.  At our camp at the AIS, the athletes developed a set of values that we have adopted and I am confident that the athletes will work together and support each other over the next two weeks” Bernhardt said before the team departed today" Bernhardt added. 

When the tournament gets underway the Australian’s will be up against the power house nations of world bowling which include Malaysia, Singapore and Korea and with only 6 games to make the cut in the singles, doubles and teams event, Australia will need to adapt to the local conditions in order to stay in contention and Bernhardt knows this is the key to winning medals at this level.

“We know the pattern and type of lanes and most of our athletes have practiced on the pattern locally.  But as we know, the pattern generally plays very differently here so I am looking forward to our practice sessions in Singapore and Taichung leading up to the event.”

“All I will be asking our athletes is to be in contention come game six and to see what eventuates.”

To follow all the action during the tournament visit www.abf-online.org and keep an eye on TBA’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

2018 Australian Asian Schools Team

Girls
Ivy Dickinson
Grace Fahy
Emily Johnston - 2017 Asian Schools representative - Silver medal singles & teams
Sophie Martin
Ashlyn Mohr
Sarah Pennicott
Jamie Phelan – 2017 Asian Schools representative – Silver medal teams
Amy Shoesmith

Boys
Kyle Annetts
Callum Borck -2017 Asian Schools representative- Gold medal doubles
Jackson Botham – 2017 Asian Schools representative
Nixon Chan
Will Clark
Jake Mitchell
Josh Morris - 2017 Asian Schools representative
Daniel Perrella – 2017 Asian Schools representative

Head Coach: Shane Bernhardt - 2017 Asian Schools Coach
Assistant Coaches: Bianca Flanagan & Simon Pearce
Team Managers: Jamie Taafe & Dee Taafe – 2017 Asian Schools team managers