Team Singapore at the Singapore Para Bowling International 2023
(Photo Credit: Singapore Disability Sports Council / Wee Teck Hian)
After a thrilling three-day competition at the Temasek Club from 5 to 7 October 2023, Team Singapore finished third on the medal table for the Singapore Para Bowling International 2023, with a haul of 2 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze. Mohamed Ismail Bin Hussain, who competes in the TPB3 visual impairment category, emerged as the star of the Singapore team, contributing to both golds and 2 silvers of the team’s medal haul.
Czech Republic ended Singapore’s hold on the second place on the medal table, with an additional 3 golds on the third and final day. Vera Machakova, who competed in the TPB3 visual impairment category, left everyone in awe with an average game score of 188, and a high score of 263 in her first game of the day. The team finished with a total of 4 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze.
Meanwhile, Team Korea demonstrated their unwavering dominance, maintaining their grasp on the first place on the medal table throughout the tournament. Their remarkable achievement included a staggering 15 gold medals, 8 silver and 4 bronze. One standout moment came from Son Dae Ho who competed in the TPB10 physical impairment category and delivered an extraordinary score of 279 in one of his Trios games.
About 60 para bowlers from Australia, Czech Republic, China, Philippines, India, Hong Kong China, Republic of Korea and Singapore competed at the Singapore Para Bowling International 2023. Organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) and the Bowling Association for the Disabled (Singapore) (BADS), the competition marked the third time that Singapore played host to international para bowlers with visual, physical and intellectual impairment. The move came as para tenpin bowling was removed from the list of sports for ASEAN Para Games 2022 and 2023, as well as Asian Para Games 2022, although the sport had been a strong contributor to Team Singapore’s medal tally in the past major games.
Nearly 100 students, including preschoolers as young as four years old, took part in learning journeys to the event, where they experienced bowling blindfolded and seated, to simulate the challenges faced by visually and physically impaired bowlers. About 30 children and youth with disabilities also participated in a fun bowling session with their families, alongside the international athletes, this morning.
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