Taufik is based in Singapore and has been practicing ten-pin bowling TPB8 wheelchair category for singles and doubles since secondary school. He has participated in high level sportive events since 2006, such as the Asian Para Games and at the SEA Para Games. Read more about his training:
What is your discipline?
Taufik: I’m in the ten-pin bowling TPB8 wheelchair category for singles and doubles.
How long have you been practicing it?
Taufik: I’ve been bowling since secondary school. In 1999, disabled bowling was introduced and I’ve been bowling regularly.
What are the big events you participated in? Are currently training for?
Taufik: My first major bowling tournament was held in 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, at the Asian Para Games. I was the first Southeast Asian (SEA) competitor to win 1st Gold Medal for singles (wheelchair category). I also got silver in the doubles (wheelchair category).
Four years later 2010 in Guangzhou I won a bronze medal in the mixed doubles.
I’m looking forward to the next SEA Para Games in Kuala Lumpur in July 2017, and the Asian Para Games in Jakarta in October 2018.
How often do you train?
Taufik: Currently, I’m training two to three times a week on Monday and Friday evenings from 8.00-10.00pm, and Saturday afternoons from 3.00-6.00pm. I trained 2 hours on Monday and Friday night from 8.00-10.00pm. Training days will increase to five times a week, six months prior to major tournaments.
What is the importance of sports in your life?
Taufik: The importance in sports is to keep me fit by working out and also train me to be a more disciplined individual.
How do you manage to train with a busy schedule?
Taufik: I usually train after work, at nights, and during weekends.
What does sports represent for you?
Taufik: Ten-pin bowling is an important part of my life because it drives me to become a dedicated individual who is able to overcome any challenge to succeed.
Would you have a piece of advice to give to someone who is willing to start training?
Taufik: To focus and give 100% of your commitment and dedication.
If you had something additional to say, what would it be?
Taufik: I may not be a champion of all tournaments, but that doesn’t stop me from believing in my potential to become the best of the best.