Team Australia arrives in Malaysia for 23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship

By Matt Stevens
June 17, 2024

Team Australia has arrived safely in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, in readiness for the 23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships with the official events set to kick off tomorrow.

This will be the 5th time the prestigious event will be run in Malaysia, but the first held in Petaling Jaya throughout the 23-year history of the event.

The 16-person team involving 8 girls (2 teams) and 8 boys (2 teams) arrived in Malaysia on Friday afternoon and welcomed at the official opening ceremony today at the Sunway Mega Lanes where the competition will be held for the duration of the five days of competition.

The team have completed two unofficial practice sessions in the previous days and completing their official practice session this afternoon before finalising their ball arsenal for the tournament.

A total of 14 federations are competing in the 23rd installment of this major event with just over 160 athletes registered to bowl with each federation allowed a maximum of two teams for each gender division.

23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship Teams

  • Australia
  • China
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Indonesia
  • Kuwait
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam  

Leading the squad for the second consecutive year is head coach Robert Alexander. Alexander will once again be joined by assistants Hayden George, Cameron Walsh and Peter Finitsis. The management group has new faces with Morgan James joining Lyn Alexander following the stepping down of long-time guardians Jamie and Dee Taafe this year.

“The team is looking really good at the minute and we’re feeling optimistic about bringing home some medals,” said Robert Alexander.

Emily Hart and Shanae Key discuss tactics at a recent training camp at the AGL National High Performance Centre on the Sunshine Coast

The official events and race for medals begin tomorrow with the singles event.

Team Australia enjoyed one of their most successful campaigns last year after claiming three medals in three separate events. One of those medal winners is another year older and back for more – Emily Hart.

Winning a silver medal in the girl’s singles event last year, Emily Hart returns for her final Asian Junior Championship event before officially ageing out of the division this year. Sitting on top of both the Australian junior and youth rankings, the South Australian superstar is in good form and ready to fire.

Equipment discussion with Brandon Qualischefski at the AGL National High Performance Centre

The squad boasts a healthy balance of experience and new faces with eight members from 2023’s campaign returning this year.

One of the fresh faces on the squad is Justin Dinham. The bowler from iPlay Tenpin City makes his debut in Australian colours after showcasing red-hot form in 2024 national events. Winning not only a junior nationally ranked event but providing strong and consistent performances whilst also winning an open division event has seen the young Australian placed on top of both the national junior and open rankings for 2024.

Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes all bowlers the best of luck and high scoring at the Championship! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

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