National junior bowler Jose Paolo Darroca won a silver medal in the boys’ all events class of the 17th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championship at the 60-lane South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China.
Darroca, 20, placed second with 3857 behind the 3955 of champion Billy Muhammad Islam of Indonesia. Diwan Rezaldy Syahril got the bronze with 3845.
“I didn’t expect to win a medal coming to the competition. My goal was to do my best and winning a medal would be a bonus,” said Darroca, who currently studies in the Asia and the Pacific University. “Next year will be the world youth championship in Hong Kong. I will train hard for it.”
Although the other seven Filipino junior bowlers failed to seize any medals, RP youth head coach Carlos De Leon remained satisfied of the outcome since most of the 21 countries including Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia were very competitive.
“Our players did their very best but the competition was very tough,” said De Leon, who earlier predicted that the country won’t go home empty-handed in the tournament.
Besides Darroca, other players who participated in the bi-annual tournament sanctioned by the Asian Bowling Federation and the World Tenpin Bowling Association were Enrico Lorenzo Hernandez, Ivan Dominic Malig and Jose Mari Tajo and the girls’ team composed of Madeline Mae Llamas, Jailah Mara Ramirez, Jhoana Lualhati and Christelle Peig.
In preparation for next year’s World Youth Championship, a pool will be formed soon and these bowlers will undergo rigorous training.