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More than 150 participate in 2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference

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Jointly organized by the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress (HKTBC) and the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) under the auspices of World Bowling, the 2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference on “Youth Development and Coaching”, has successfully concluded at the HKSI complex on November 20 and 21, 2018.

The Conference brought together over 20 overseas and local tenpin bowling sports practitioners and sports science professionals to share their views and experiences with more than 150 participants under one roof, on four major topics including youth coaching, psychological intervention, strength and conditioning as well as anti-doping methodology.

Concurrent workshops covering areas from taping to nutritional advices for high performance delivery and a tour to the HKSI bowling center were also conducted on the second day of the conference.


Group shots courtesy of Terrence Yaw (ABF-online.org).

The Opening Ceremony was officiated by Mrs Cherry Tse Ling Kit-ching (center) JP, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs; Mr Karl Kwok Chi-leung MH, Vice-President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC); Ms Vivien Lau Chiang-chu BBS JP, Secretary General of World Bowling; and Dr Trisha Leahy BBS, Chief Executive of the HKSI.

Speaking in the welcoming remarks on behalf of World Bowling, Ms Vivien Lau (fefth from left) said, “The conference emphasizes on development of youth and how to develop potential in youth through sport and divert them away from vices such as drugs. In the course of their playing sport, education on fair play and clean sport by staying away from using illegal means of enhancement on their sport performance is very important and vital”. She also thanked for the support from the HKSI, the speakers and moderators who took part in the Conference.

Dr Trisha Leahy (fifth from right) was very pleased that the HKSI joined hands with the HKTBC to organize this meaningful conference for creating dialogues from different sectors of the sport community, towards an ultimate goal of enhancing the overall elite training system for Hong Kong athletes.

Notables among the coaches were Philippine Sports Hall of Famer, Paeng Nepomuceno, two-time PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, Australian and PWBA standout Cara Honeychurch, world champions Biboy Rivera, Philippines, Piritta Maja, Finland, and Swede Robert Andersson, as well as USBC head coach Rod Ross and Neil Stremmel, Chair of WB Technical Committee, both USA, to mention only a few.

The Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress will host the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships which starts Nov. 23 and runs thru Dec. 5 at the SCAA bowling center.

2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference Program – “Youth Development and Coaching”

Venue of Opening Ceremony and all presentations: Lecture Theatre, Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) Main Building

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

09:20 Opening Ceremony

Topic 1: Youth Development and Coaching
10:00 – 10:45 Presentation 1: Youth Development
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Kenneth Fok, JP Vice-President of SF&OC of Hong Kong, China Member of Youth Development Commission under HKSAR Government
Moderator: Mr. Ulf Sjöblom, Chairman of WB Youth Development Committee

11:00 – 11:45 Presentation 2: Youth Coaching
Speaker: Mrs. Piritta Maja, ETBF
Moderator: Mr. Robert Andersson, Member of WB Coaching Committee

In her presentation, Piritta Maja covered topics which are very important to recognize for every coach who works with the teenagers: “talented” bowlers (or not), biological age, seeing the strengths of a player and building abilities, from concrete to more abstract bowling, psychological and physical skills.

Every coach and bowler are products of their time and environment – and different generations need to learn to communicate with each other. One part of the presentation described generation z (born after 1995 or 2000, depending on the reference) and gave some practical examples how to coach them efficiently.


11:45 – 12:30 Presentation 3: Youth Coaching
Speaker: Mr. Rod Ross (right), PABCON, Head Coach of USBC and Chair of the WB Coaching Committee
Moderator: Mr. Robert Andersson (left), Member of WB Coaching Committee

tion 9Rod Ross started with an overview of Youth Coaching and Development, talking in particular of evolution of the game and the future, especially the two-handed evolution and its trends. Ross focused on four aspects: Player Development Pipeline (including Skills, Long-Term Athletic Development, Physical, Equipment and Mental), Programs (such as Junior Team USA, Junior Gold, etc.) Training Tools (YouTube, Targeting, Specto and Classroom) and Resources.

12:30 – 13:15 Panel Forum – all speakers and moderators

Topic 2: Sports Psychology for Youth
14:15 – 15:00 Presentation 4: Resilience Building for Junior Athletes (Adversity Coping Model)
Speaker: Dr. Gangyan Si, Senior Sport Psychologist, HKSI
Moderator: Prof. Pak Kwong Chung, Professor of Department of Sport and Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University

Based on years of experience and applied finding, Dr. Si proposed to redefine “peak performance” as “effective coping with adversities”, rather than “perfect execution of everything”. He shared some bowlers’ stories to illustrate his four-stage adversity coping training model. Dr. Si also invited the attendances to participate in a famous risk-taking experiment to illustrate the model’s emphasis on the pursuit of rationality and how it can be applied in sport settings.

15:00 – 15:45 Presentation 5: Mental Toughness Training via Mindfulness for Junior Athletes
Speaker: Dr. Henry Li Sport Psychologist, HKSI
Moderator: Prof. Pak Kwong Chung, Professor of Department of Sport and Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University

Athletes with strong mental toughness would be able to concentrate on the task across situation. Dr. Li shared some findings proposing mindfulness training can enhance ones’ attentional performance in both military and sports settings. He then further shared his study of conducting the Mindfulness Acceptance Insight Commitment (MAIC) program with a group of Hong Kong bowlers. Data suggested that seven-session MAIC program helped the bowlers enhance their level of mindfulness, acceptance and performance in training. Coaches are encouraged to instill mindfulness elements into their youth and senior program.

Topic 3: Strength and Conditioning for Youth and Seniors
16:00 – 16:45 Presentation 6: Movement Assessment and Corrective Exercise in Bowling

Speaker: Mr. Hardaway Chan, Senior Scientific Conditioning Coach, HKSI
Moderator: Dr. Michael Tse, Member of HKSI Board of Director and Former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, HKSI

16:45 – 17:30 Presentation 7: Needs Analysis in Bowling and Its Implication in Strength and Conditioning Training
Speaker: Mr. Patrick Fox, Scientific Conditioning Manager, HKSI
Moderator: Dr. Michael Tse, Member of HKSI Board of Director and Former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, HKSI

Topic 4: Anti-Doping
09:30 – 10:30 Presentation 8: Prohibited Drugs and Illegal Method of Enhancing Performance of Athletes
Speaker: Dr. Julian Chang (pictured right), BBS, MH Hon. Medical Advisor of SF&OC of Hong Kong, China
Moderator: Prof. Frank HK Fu, MH, JP Chairman of Hong Kong Anti-doping Committee and Emeritus Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University


10:45 – 11:45 Presentation 9: Overview of the World Anti-Doping Programme

Speaker: Ms. Lorraine Ng (above left), Head of Hong Kong Anti-doping Committee
Moderator: Prof. Frank HK Fu, MH, JP Chairman of Hong Kong Anti-do
ping Committee and Emeritus Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University


11:45 – 12:45 Presentation 10: Technology and Bowling, Kegel LLC
Speaker: Mr. Neil Stremmel (left), Chair of WB Technical Committee and Director of Kegel Bowling Technologies and Sport Research, Kegel LLC
Moderator: Mr. Gus Falgien (right), Vice-President of Sales, Kegel LLC

In the Coaching and Technology session, Neil Stremmel discussed the new technology advancements of Specto and Torch/X. He also discussed the development of lane patterns and the new Kegel Flex lane machine – focusing on their uses for coaches from a coaching point of view. Stremmel also hosted a hands on session of Biomechanics. This session demonstrated Specto and Torch as well as the camera system installed at the HKSI bowling center.

12:45 Closing Session by Ms. Vivien Lau, Chairman of HKTBC Chairman of Hong Kong Coaching Committee

14:15 – 15:15 and 16:15 – 17:15 Five 1-hour concurrent workshops/ HKSI facility tour

1) Taping for Common Upper Limb Injuries in Tenpin Bowling
Speaker: Ms. Wing Leung, Senior Sport Physiotherapist
HKSI Venue: Function Room, L1, HKSI Main Building


2) Biomechanical Measurement on Tenpin Bowling
Speaker: Ms. Michelle Ng, Sport Biomechanics Officer
HKSI Venue: Tenpin Bowling Centre, HKSI Sports Complex

3) Relaxation and Concentration Skills
Speaker: Mr. Ning Su, Sport Psychology Officer
HKSI Venue: Room MB L2A, L2, HKSI Main Building

4) Nutrition for Performance
Speaker: Mr. Charles Chan, Sports Nutrition Officer
HKSI Venue: Room MB L2B, L2, HKSI Main Building

5) Doping Control Process & Practical Advices for Athletes and Support Personnel
Speaker: Ms. Jassy Cheung, Deputy Manager, Hong Kong Anti-doping Committee
Venue: Room MB L2C, L2, HKSI Main Building


6) HKSI Facility Tour
Gathering Point: Reception outside Lecture Theatre, HKSI Main Building

Guided by the Government’s current policy direction, and using its professional expertise in elite sport, the Hong Kong Sports Institute’s (HKSI) vision is to become the region’s elite training systems delivery leader by providing state-of-the-art, evidence-based, elite sports training and athlete support systems resulting in sustainable world-class sports results.

For more information on the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI), please click here. The HKSI is currently inviting suitable candidates for the following vacancy: Head Tenpin Bowling Coach. For details click on the HKSI Logo atop the right menu bar or click here.

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