Angus Fung Long-hei, the bowling star from G.T. Ellen Yeung College, started bowling at age nine because he liked the sound of hitting the pins.
The 16-year-old claimed the SCAA 50th Annual Bowling Championship 2016 Youth Singles title in April. He also won a gold medal at the Hong Kong Island & Kowloon Secondary Schools Competition – BOCHK Tenpin Bowling Cup in May.
Angus said timing and synchronisation were key to winning. “I focused more on the coordination between the arm swing and the footwork. If I hadn’t mastered this skill, I wouldn’t have hit the pins accurately,” he said.
He added powerful arms were essential to move and spin the ball faster. “I place great emphasis on training my upper body muscles, especially those of my bowling arm. You get tired when you hold and roll a lot of balls, so having a powerful arm helps you maintain a high-quality performance.”
But Angus confesses he always struggles with nerves when he competes. “I think I need to calm myself down by talking with my teammates, coaches or family members. I shouldn’t let my nerves affect my performance.”
Angus said he is preparing for the 42nd Hong Kong International Open Youth Singles to be held from July 9-17.
If you could have a superpower for 24 hours, what would you choose and how would you use it?
Endless energy. I would practise for 24 hours a day to try to improve my game.
Ten years into the future, you are a famous athlete. What company would you sign on as spokesperson for, and what product would you promote?
Storm, the bowler’s company. I would like to promote its bowling balls, which ensure great performance. Its sportswear is also well-made and comfortable.
What song title best describes you when you’re playing your sport?
Aaron Kwok’s Strong, because it helps develop my endurance and strength.
What food would you never give up?
Rice. It is full of carbohydrates that provide me with a lot of energy.