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Youth Bowls Training Lays Foundation For Bright Future

Lawn Bowls—Youth Development

By Claudius Lam
Epoch Times Contributor
Created: February 27, 2013 Last Updated: February 27, 2013
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Our hopes ... The future of Hong Kong lawn bowls looks brighter when the first batch of youth team players were sent to Malaysia for an intensive training camp. (HKLBA)

Our hopes … The future of Hong Kong lawn bowls looks brighter when the first batch of youth team players were sent to Malaysia for an intensive training camp. (HKLBA)

In an effort to create a foundation for the next generation elite bowlers, the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association worked with its biggest competitor in Asia to organise a training camp for a number of local elite junior bowlers during the Chinese New Year period.

The training camp, which took place in Malaysia earlier this month, was organised by HKLBA with assistance from the Malaysian Lawn Bowls Federation. A total of six boys and six girls were selected from the Hong Kong Youth team to participate in the 6-day trip, which included four days of intensive training camp.

“We would like to see how the youth training methodology deployed by Malaysia can fit into our training system,” said Warren Kwok, the HKLBA vice president in charge of development. “Putting our kids into the training and getting their feedback is a crucial element in our study.”

Hong Kong Football Club piped Kowloon Cricket Club on shot difference for the Division 1 title at the last game of the Triples League season. HKFC skipper Camilla Leung (right) beat Danna Chiu of Kowloon Bowling Green Club 19:12 in their match. (Mike Worth)

Hong Kong Football Club piped Kowloon Cricket Club on shot difference for the Division 1 title at the last game of the Triples League season. HKFC skipper Camilla Leung (right) beat Danna Chiu of Kowloon Bowling Green Club 19:12 in their match. (Mike Worth)

The Malaysian training system has enabled the country to raise their game from virtually unknowns in the bowls arena to one of the strongest forces in the world within 10 years. HKLBA hopes to emulate that success.

“I understand that all the kids thoroughly enjoyed the training and said that they have learned a lot from it,” said Kwok.

Over the four days, the Youth Team members engaged in all aspects of exercises, including basic drills such as draw, trail and drive, as well as tactical exercises such as head reading, defend the head and decision making.

Special sessions are also arranged to improve the physical fitness and mental strength of the participants.

According to Andrea Chan (24), one of the most senior girls within the squad who has represented Hong Kong three times at international level, the training camp is very beneficial to her, allowing her to know her weakness and areas of improvement.

“The training is very intensive with lots of drills and evaluations,” Andrea said.

“It helps me identifying my strength and enables me to make better decision during games. For example, I used to prefer driving rather than trailing as I believe my driving is more accurate. However, the evaluation shows otherwise, so I will now look at my game from in a different perspective and hopefully it will bring me up to another level,” she said.

The youngest member of the team, Jason Tsang (13) also admitted that he learned a lot from the training camp.

“Despite that most of the drills and trainings are pretty much the same as Hong Kong, the intensity did push you to improve,” said Jason. “I think if we can continue the same training in Hong Kong it will be more effective for us.”

While the program element will be incorporated in the local Youth Team training, Kwok believes there is a high probability that this overseas training will become an annual program.

“It is important that they have a chance to experience the outside world and discover their shortage, or strength. As far as we have the financial support, this program will continue in the years to come,” Kwok concluded.Triples League.

Triples League

Hong Kong Football Club created two upsets in the last game of the Women’s Division 1 of the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association Triples League season last weekend Feb 23. Its team A skipped past leader Kowloon Cricket Club by winning their last game 8-0 against Kowloon Bowling Green Club to clinch the title. KCC, who occupied the top spot for a large part of the campaign, could only defeat Filipino Club 6-2 to finish level on points with HKFC, but lost the crown with an inferior shot difference.

Meanwhile, HKFC-B, in Division 2, also performed heroically in their last game, beating second-placed Craigengower Cricket Club 6-2 to replace them as the runners-up of the division. The title of the Division 2 was won by Indian Recreation Club.

Claudius Lam is an Officer with the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.

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