Bowling: World Open champion Joey Yeo in triumphant return to Singapore

Singaporean bowler Joey Yeo (right), who won the inaugural Bowling World Open in Japan, standing with her coach Remy Ong at Changi Airport after she returned to Singapore. PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE- She left the Republic a relative unknown and after four days of competition in Japan, Joey Yeo returned home on Monday evening as a world champion.

The 17-year-old Raffles Institution (junior college) student was still stunned by her victory in the inaugural Bowling World Open.

"It feels very surreal. The win hasn't really sunk in," she said on arrival at Changi Airport.

Joey was accompanied by national head coach Remy Ong and team-mates Javier Tan, Muhammad Jaris Goh, Bernice Lin, Geraldine Ng and Jasmine Yeong-Nathan.

Although there was no big crowd to mob the new world champion, she was still warmly received by her father, Jeffrey Yeo, and Singapore Bowling Federation (SBF) officials, who handed out bouquets for the entire team.

On the team's overall performance, Ong said: "As our (SBF) president (Jessie Phua) said, in Singapore bowling, there's no free ride. Every one has to fight for their right to play in the team and Joey's win is keeping everyone on their toes."

Joey is planning to donate a portion of her 10 million yen (S$110,052) prize money to charity but she is still undecided which charity will benefit.

She said: " I would like to donate (the money) to the needy to give them an opportunity to try out bowling."

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