Bowlers’ aim is true

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER news@tepuke­times.co.nz

Prac­tice has made for a per­fect score for in­door bowlers Mei Soon and Mi Pen­ti­s­arn.

The two Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dents teamed up to win seven from seven at a re­cent preAIMS Games pairs in­door bowls tour­na­ment that fea­tured in­ter­me­di­ate schools from across the Bay of Plenty.

They are mem­bers of the eight-strong in­door bowls team that will rep­re­sent the school at the An­chor AIMS Games start­ing on Septem­ber 9.

Both Year 8 stu­dents im­me­di­ately called their par­ents with the news and Mei says it was a sur­prise to win.

Mi says she en­joys in­door bowls be­cause it is chal­leng­ing and some­thing she has to fo­cus on to play.

Teacher Phil Ap­pel­man is the team’s coach and says Mei and Mi’s suc­cess so far is down to how much they prac­tise.

“They come in be­fore school and set up the mat and then come in and put it up again at morn­ing tea, set it up at lunch time and take it down and they prac­tise af­ter school as well,” he says.

Mi is from Thai­land and Mei from Malaysia and both are in Year 8. Nei­ther had played in­door bowls un­til this year.

Mi Pen­ti­s­arn, left, and Mei Soon are the stars of Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School’s AIMS Games in­door bowls team.

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