Nepomuceno receives WBW Mort Luby Jr. Distinguished Service Award


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    2007PaengNepomuceno2x300.jpg Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno of the Philippines is the recipient of the 2009 World Bowling Writers Mort Luby Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

    Although Paeng's bowling career isn't over yet and he is still a force to be reckoned with in international tournaments worldwide, the USBC silver level coach is now dedicating most of his time to returning great services to the sport, including coaching conferences, exhibitions and as an ambassador for the United States Bowling Congress.

    Paeng's training is part of the USBC's effort to create an international coach training program and bolster the strength of federations within bowling's world governing body, the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ). This is in line with USBC's goal to have bowling included in the Olympics.

    World Tenpin Bowling Asssociation (WTBA) President, Kevin Dornberger wrote in a message: "I offer my sincerest congratulations to Paeng Nepomuceno on being recognized for this prestigious award. Not only has he proven over the years to be a top-notch competitor, but he is also a world-class coach. I personally thank him for his contributions to the sport of bowling."

    Paeng is a 3-time WBW World Bowler of the Year (1998, '85 and '92) and was the first player elected to the WBW Hall of Fame in 1993. He was honored for the third time by the Guinness World Records for his 118 international titles, the most career titles worldwide.

    Paeng has won the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup record four times (1976, '80, '82 and '96) and also has won medals in World Championships, World Games and in Asian Zone Championships.