At 13, Norel Nuevo is already starting to build her name as a bowler.
Among her most recent feats is her dominance of the Luzon Open Masters monthly finals of the 3rd SM Bowling Millionaire’s Cup 2016 in May, where she defeated seasoned player Audi Castro, 235-214.
The young bowler from Quezon City earned her first finals slot by trouncing Khen Abad, 213-184, in the first semifinals. Castro booked his finals berth after posting a slim 195-194 victory over Rowena Cabas in the other semis match.
Nuevo topped the eight-game qualifying series with 1784 points followed by Castro (1720), Cabas (1699) and Abad (1694), respectively.
Her monthly Open title is a big inspiration after her loss in the Classified Masters semifinals, where she finished third.
In May 2016, Nuevo also ruled the Manila Tenpin Bowling Association Open, where she defeated third seed Patrick Nuqui.
Nuevo, a second-year high school student at Angelicum College is yet to test her mettle in international competitions.
It was her father who introduced her to the sport by enrolling her in a free bowling clinic at E-Lanes Bowling Center in Ortigas when she was just seven.
When she began competing, Nuevo was put under the tutelage of coaches Purvis Granger and Manuel Luis “Manoy” Sengson.
“We get to practice for one to two hours, five times a week but sometimes I cannot attend our training’s because of my studies,” recalled Nuevo.
Besides bowling, Nuevo is also active in various sports through her Physical Education course among them softball, swimming, volleyball and football.
She gives credit to bowling for developing her confidence amid adversities, “It [bowling]will develop your self-confidence and you would become more competitive. It also relieves my stress because of school work,” Nuevo said.
Nuevo said that she’s working on two goals: one is to become a certified public accountant and the other is to become a top Filipino bowler.
“I want to be on top if God will bless me,” she concluded.