Sunday, December 12, 2004

: Sidney wins major international award (The Sunday Mail)

(right) was honoured by the World Bowling Writers (WBW) when they awarded
him the Mort Luby Jr Distinguished Service Award for 2003.
Malaysia received a rare double honour when the the writer of this
article was awarded the Gosten Zellen Golden Quill Award for contribution
in giving the sport publicity.
Sidney was not present in Singapore as he had an important meeting in
Kuala Lumpur. The award was given for his tireless efforts in promoting
bowling worldwide.
Sidney, who began his career in bowling administration since founding
the Kuala Lumpur Tenpin Association in 1976, got involved at the national
level when he was MTBC's assistant secretary from 1978 to 1980.
He was then elected the secretary-general from 1980.
Sidney's first international award was the FIQ Silver Pin Award for
outstanding contribution in Tenpin Bowling 1999.
Sidney is best remembered for calling the media to give them the latest
results as he knew many considered bowling a parlour sport.
He still does it today and even includes pictures as well.
Today bowling is covered widely by all local major newspapers as the
conception of the game has changed and is recognised as a competitive
The increasing support includes being selected as among the eight elite
sports for Government aid.
"I didn't expect to be recognised by the WBW," said Sidney when
contacted in Kuala Lumpur.
"This is an honour which will spur me to strive harder to raise the
popularity of bowling.
"I hope to see it in the Olympics soon."
Date of birth: Jan 6, 1945
Place of birth: Kuala Lumpur
Education: Confusion Chinese Secondary School - Senior middle 3; Senior
Cambridge examination; Technical College Diploma: Architectural
Sports education: American Sports Academy Foundation graduate in sports;
Administration & management, Sport marketing, Sports science, mental
training in high performance sports.
Involvement in Malaysian Sports: Founder of Persatuan Tenpin Bowling
Kuala Lumpur (1976), Vice-president from 1978-1984, sssistant secretary
MTBC (1978-1980), Secretary-general(1980-present), Member of Olympic
Council of Malaysia since 1980, Sport manager of 1998 Commonwealth Games
(1996-1998), CEO of 2003 World Tenpin Bowling Championship
Involvement in international organisations: Secretary of WTBA Asian Zone
(Now ABF 1994-1996), Member of ABF Tournament & Technical Committee (1997-
2004), Member of FIQ Membership Committee (1995-2003), deputy secretary-
general WTBA (1999-2003), WTBA Technical Committee (1999-2003), WTBA
Tournament Committee (1999-2003), WTBA World Ranking Committee (1999-
2003), WTBA Marketing Committee (1999-2003)
Positions in international organisations: Vice-president Asian Bowling
Federation (Since 1997), vice-president Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling
Federation (Since August 2002), ABF chairman statistic & award recognition
committee since 1997, ABF Tour Ltd board member since 2004
International official in following championships
Technical delegate: East Asian Games, China (1993), Asian Youth
Championship, HK (1993), Hiroshima Asian Games, Japan (1994), East Asian
Games, South Korea (1995), AMF Bowling World Cup, Kobe (1998)
Jury of appeal: World Youth Championship, HK (1996), SEA Games, Jakarta
(1997), SEA Games, Brunei (1999), Asian Championship, Doha (2000)
Tournament Director: SEA Games, KL (1989), 1st WTTC, KL (1994), Asian
Youth Championship, KL (1996), Commonwealth Games, KL (1998)
Tournament manager: SEA Games, Penang (2001), World Championship KL
Team manager: SEA Games (1981, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1995), FIQ Asian
Championships (1980, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998), FIQ World
Championships (1983, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999), Asian Games (1986), AMF
Bowling World Cup (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
Awards received: PPN (Pingat Pangkuan Negara) from Yang Di Pertuan Agong
(1990), AMN (Pingat Ahli Mangku Negara ) from Yang Di Pertuan Agong
(1999), FIQ Silver Pin Award for outstanding contribution (1999)