Sixteen young keglers will be gunning for medals in the 16th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships beginning on Monday at the South China Athletic Association (SCAA) Bowling Center in Hong Kong.
Jakarta Asian School Tenpin bronze medalist Merwin Tan and veteran campaigner Ivan Malig will banner the country’s campaign in the boys’ class along with Gephil John Buyco, Louis Miguel Cantorna, Cole Austin Co, Duke Gregory Mella and Andrei Nikolai Malig.
Seeing action in the girls’ division are Regina Joy Daval-Santos, Nina De Vera, Bea Katrina Hernandez, Angela Jazmin Lazo, Noelle Joy Campos, Daphne Joy Custodio, Jelena Grace Gella and Danielle Denise Lazo.
Former world champion Biboy Rivera and national team mentor Jojo Canare will serve as coaches.
The girls’ singles is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Monday to be followed by the boys’ singles at 2 p.m.
The doubles event will be on Tuesday (July 28) while the team event is on Wednesday (July 29), all events on Thursday (July 30) and masters on Friday (July 31).
The team aims to surpass the country’s one-bronze showing courtesy of Tan in the 2013 edition held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The last time the Philippines won a gold medal in the tournament was in 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand when Marie Alexis Sy topped the girls’ singles.