Asbaty to host bowling clinic, exhibition in Singapore

    04/25/08

    Singapore

    2008USBCSilverCoachDiandraAsbaty.jpg Diandra Asbaty, one of the world's best female bowlers, will share her knowledge of the sport with bowlers in Southeast Asia when she hosts a bowling clinic and exhibition in June in Singapore.

    Team USA member and USBC Silver coach Diandra Asbaty will hold an instructional clinic aimed primarily at young bowlers in Singapore June 1-2.

    Asbaty, a 10-time United States Bowling Congress Team USA member and a USBC Silver coach, will lead the event titled "Kaizen by diandra: The World Academy" scheduled for June 1-2 at Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Tampines. Asbaty's clinic, sponsored by Brunswick, will coincide with the 41st Singapore International Open May 22-31.

    Both days of the clinic will consist of morning classroom seminars with topics ranging from establishing strong bowling fundamentals to Asbaty's Team USA experiences. The afternoon sessions will include on-lanes coaching from Asbaty and her assistants, stressing fundamental physical game skills such as proper timing, arm swing and release followed by an autograph session.

    Asbaty said she plans to use the USBC Coaching Athlete Development Drills kit - a guidebook and DVD set featuring Asbaty herself - which details and demonstrates 29 drills that help coaches teach bowling fundamentals. The Athlete Development Drills kit is available for purchase on bowl.com.

    The clinic's primary focus will be on young bowlers. Organizers are targeting between 100 and 250 intermediate level bowlers between the ages of 12 and 25 as well as students from the Singapore Sports School and the Singapore national youth team.

    "I am a big believer in solid fundamentals," said Asbaty, USBC Youth Spokesperson. "I will be able to teach these fundamentals properly because I have had some of the best coaching in the world throughout my bowling career. This is a chance for me to spread my knowledge to others."

    The event was created through Alfinity Bowling, a Singapore company with a global network that provides access to bowling-related services and products, including coaching. The company has been working to develop a coaching curriculum with Agape Bowling Academy, a program which reaches bowlers from junior high through college age.

    USBC Bronze coaches Simon Yio, David Wong and Aloysius Pek from Alfinity Bowling will be assistant instructors at the clinic.

    "This program was created to provide students, league bowlers and other bowling enthusiasts an opportunity to learn from the world's top female bowler," said Pek, Alfinity business development manager.

    Alfinity was instrumental in organizing the first USBC Bronze coaching certification program in Southeast Asia in Singapore last year. Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno of the Philippines, a USBC Silver coach and Silver Instructor, international Ambassador and four-time World Cup champion, conducted the conference and, with a group of international coaches, trained and certified 23 USBC Level I and Bronze coaches, including Pek.

    "I hope to share knowledge that I have been so fortunate to gain from the coaches I have had the opportunity to work with," said Asbaty, a Chicago resident and member of the USBC Board of Directors. "I hope to inspire bowlers from Singapore to gain even more of an appreciation of our great sport and to touch lives through bowling. The talent in Singapore is already great. I'm looking forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the Singapore bowling world."

    2007PBA07DiandraAsbaty2.jpg Asbaty has won nearly 50 medals in international competition. In 2007, Asbaty won titles in four countries and was named the World Bowling Writers Female Bowler of the Year for the second straight year, the first ever to accomplish that feat.

    She won the Masters gold medal at the Women's World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, finished first at the World Ranking Masters in Lake Wales, Fla., earned a gold medal in doubles at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and took home the title at the Panama Invitational Tournament in Panama City, Panama.