Team Singapore wins 2 golds at Singapore Para Bowling International 2023; finishes 3rd out of 8 competing countries

The three day tournament was held at Temasek Club from 5 to 7 Oct.

Ong Chin Wen

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Published: 9 October 2023, 5:08 PM

Team Singapore won two golds, eight silvers and six bronze medals at Singapore Para Bowling International 2023 (SPBI) to finish third on the medal table. 

Organised by the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) and the Bowling Association for the Disabled Singapore (BADS), SPBI is a bowling tournament for international para bowlers with visual, physical and intellectual impairment. The competition ran from Oct 5 to 7 at Temasek Club. 

About 60 para bowlers from different countries participated in this competition. These include para athletes representing Australia, Czech Republic, China, Philippines, India, Hong Kong China, South Korea and Singapore. 

Team Singapore clinched 16 medals in total across 14 categories in the tournament.  

Mohamed Ismail, who competed in the Ten Pin Bowling (TPB) 3 visual impairment category, emerged as the star of the team by contributing both golds and two silver medals to Singapore’s medal tally.


In the singles categories, Team Singapore won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. 

Ismail’s first gold medal came from his first-place finish in the Singles TPB 3 (Mixed) category. 

Diane Neo won second place in the Singles TPB 4 (Women) category. Kelvin Goh also took home a silver medal in the SINGLES TPB 1 (Mixed) category. 

In the Singles TPB 4 (Men) and Singles TPB 2 (Mixed) categories, Muhammad Farhan and Muhammad Sadik placed third respectively. 

Doubles and Trios

The Singaporean para bowlers that competed in the categories for doubles and trios added one gold, two silver and two bronze medals to Singapore’s tally.

The gold came from Kelvin and Ismail, who won first place in the Doubles TPB 1 + TPB2/3 (Mixed) category.

In the Doubles TPB 4 (Mixed) category, Farhan and Eric Foo clinched the silver medal. Nixon Fan and Mohamad Rausyan finished third in the same category. 

Coming in second in the Doubles TPB 9 (Mixed) category were Chua Wee Kiat Wilson and Low Chang Hong.

In the Trios TPB 1 + B2/B3 (Mixed) category, Kelvin, Sadik and Ismail earned a bronze medal. 

All Events

Five of the para athletes representing Singapore managed to finish in top three positions in the All Events categories.

Kelvin competed in the All Event TPB 1 (Mix) and Ismail took part in the All Event TPB 3 (Mix) category. Both placed second in their respective categories. 

In the All Event TPB 2 (Mix) category, Sadik finished in third place. 

Rausyan also placed third in the All Event TPB 4 (Men) category, and Diane placed second in the All Event TPB 4 (Women) category.

South Korea emerged as the overall champions in the competition with 15 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze medals. The Czech Republic para bowling team ended the competition in second place after winning three additional gold medals on the last day of the tournament. 

In support of the Singaporean para bowlers, 100 students took part in learning journeys to SPBI. They were able to experience bowling blindfolded and seated, simulating the challenges faced by visually and physically impaired bowlers.

A friendly bowling session was also held on the final day of SPBI, where 30 children and youths with disabilities participated with their families alongside the competing para athletes.  

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