Emily Hart Secures Bronze in Girls’ Masters Event at the 23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship

By Matt Stevens
June 22, 2024

Team Australia has ended on a high note with Emily Hart winning the bronze medal in the Girls Masters event this afternoon at the 23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Malaysia.

After an already successful campaign, having won bronze with Emily Hinspeter in the girls’ doubles event, Hart finished 8th in the girls’ All-Events race to secure her spot in the top 16 Masters final.

With 16 games ahead of her in the Masters event, Hart concluded the first block of eight games in 6th position, just 58 pins from the bronze medal line. On the final day, Emily began her last Asian Junior Championship with a bang, winning her first three matches with scores of 226, 204, and 224. This propelled her up the leaderboard to 4th position after the fourth game of the day.

In a tight battle with Malaysia for a spot in the stepladder semi-final, Emily won three of her last four games to cement her place in the stepladder final.

Competing against Hazel Tan Wei Ning from Singapore in the semi-final, the match came down to one game. Despite a strong effort, Emily was narrowly defeated by Hazel with a score of 245-214.

Emily concludes her last Asian Junior Championship with two bronze medals, adding to the silver she won in the girls’ singles event in 2023.

This marks the first medal in the girls’ Masters event since 2018, when fellow South Australian and mentor to Emily, Jamie Phelan, won bronze in the same event in Chinese Taipei.

This achievement brings Australia’s total to 39 medals in the 23-year history of the Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship. Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes to congratulate Emily on her outstanding achievement, winning two bronze medals at the championships.

Fellow bronze medallist Emily Hinspeter moved up in the standings on day two, finishing in 12th position. On the boys’ side, Nicholas Rajkovic top scored for a 10th place finish, followed by William Zaccaria in 11th, Justin Dinham in 13th, Sean Lam in 14th, and Julian Dinham in 16th place.

This is an outstanding end to the championship for Team Australia and the best result of an Australian team at the event since 2018’s edition in Chinese Taipei when we also won four medals. The most medals ever won at an Asian Junior Championship was 7 in 2002 when Melbourne hosted the event.

The team will now attend the victory banquet hosted by the Malaysian Bowling Congress tonight before resting and heading home tomorrow.

Looking ahead, Emily Hart is one of several bowlers at this year’s championships that will begin preparations for the World Youth Championships in South Korea from July 7-18.

Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes to congratulate all bowlers, coaches, managers, and supporters who attended this year’s championship. You made everyone back home proud!