SingaporeBowling appoints former national kegler Remy Ong as national head coach

Former national bowler Remy Ong has been named national head coach by the Singapore Bowling Federation (SBF) and will lead the Republic's keglers in their chase for glory at this year's Asian Games in Incheon. -- FILE PHOTO: SINGAPOREBOWLING&nbs
Former national bowler Remy Ong has been named national head coach by the Singapore Bowling Federation (SBF) and will lead the Republic's keglers in their chase for glory at this year's Asian Games in Incheon. -- FILE PHOTO: SINGAPOREBOWLING 

Former national bowler Remy Ong has been named national head coach by the Singapore Bowling Federation (SBF) and will lead the Republic's keglers in their chase for glory at this year's Asian Games in Incheon.

The 36-year-old became a full-time national coach from last year and was previously the deputy head coach. He will be assisted by Helmi Chew and Clara Lau, also former national bowlers, in the coaching set-up.

The appointments were announced at the association's annual awards night on Wednesday.

Said Ong, a two-time Sportsman of the Year (2003, 2007): "The responsibility is definitely going to be higher. I'm happy that SingaporeBowling recognises that I'm able to handle this job and I will do my best to fulfil my role."

His biggest assignment this year will be the Sept 19-Oct 4 Asiad in South Korea. Singapore won one gold, three silvers and one bronze at the last edition in Guangzhou.

"The Asian Games have always been a priority for us," he added. "I had very high expectations of myself when I was bowling and my determination and desire to win is still there as a coach. I have a very good team of coaches and players and we will work together as a team."

Meanwhile, 2012 world champion Shayna Ng was honoured as Bowler of the Year at the awards ceremony. The 24-year-old won the International Bowling Championships and the Malaysian Open last year.

She said: "I am very humbled by the award, but at the same time there are much bigger things to focus on. The Asian Games is big for us and we are training really hard for it."

Muhammad Jaris Goh was named Youth Bowler of the Year, while national head coach (centre of excellence) Henry Tan was also given an award to recognise his contribution to the sport.

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