Do-or-die mission for juniors By Ajitpal Singh


    2006 WYC News

    Republished courtesy of New Straits Times (23 May 2006)

    It will be a do-or-die mission for junior bowlers Zaid Izlan Ibrahim Hakimi and Isaac Russell Paul when they compete in their respective tournaments as the one who performs well will be picked for the World Youth Championship in Berlin, Germany on July 21-30.

    Zaid Izlan Ibrahim Hakimi.jpg The 18-year-old Zaid (pictured), who has been having a fantastic year, will be playing in the Singapore Open starting today while Paul will be representing Sarawak in the Malaysia Games in Kedah.

    The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) needs to decide who to pick to join Aaron Kong, Adrian Ang and Zulmazran Zulkifli in the boys' team for the German assignment.

    Zaid, the Malaysia Open finalist, is determined to win a spot in the championships as elder sister, Zandra Aziela, will be going to Germany as well with the girls' team.

    "It will be nice to compete in Germany with my sister there as well," he said.

    "However, unlike her, my place is not secured. I hope to have a good outing in Singapore to win the spot," said the Bukit Jalil Sports School student.

    Isaac Paul.jpg Meanwhile, Paul (pictured), 18, has a strong claim for the German assignment after unexpectedly winning the ABF Tour Malaysian leg in April.

    Like Zaid, the right-handed bowler will have to prove himself by knocking down a few gold medals in his second Malaysia Games.

    In the last Games in Negri Sembilan, Paul won a silver in the trios event.

    "My game has improved after joining the 2010 Gemilang squad in January and I hope to do well in Kedah to impress national coach (Chris Batson) in my bid to win the spot for Germany," said Paul, who works part-time at the Sunway Megalanes pro-shop inSunway.

    The MTBC is expected to finalise the boys' and girls' teams for the World Youth Championships early next month.

    Esther Cheah, Zandra Aziela as well as Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman have guaranteed their spots in the girls' team with Sharon Koh and Zatil Iman fighting for the remaining berth.