Naqib excels with parents encouragement

Wan Muhammad Naqib won 2nd place in the Men's Individual Under-14 category at the 8th Singapore Sports School-Opulent International Bowling Championships, which was held on 22- 28 June 2014. At the championship, Naqib competed with over 30 other participants from Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Australia.

Naqib with 2nd place trophy and prize

Naqib started bowling at the age of 8. "It was love bowling at first sight. My father bought me a ball when he saw my love for the game" said Naqib. Later, I was introduced to coach, Radhuan Rashid or better known as "Obi" who guided me on everything I need to know about bowling. "Since then, my love became a passion for bowling even though I played other sports, like football ".

Coach Razif

Three years later, this 11 years old talented lad was invited by Razif Abu Bakar, founder and coach of Seintak Bowling Club, to train with the Club. "When he first started with the club, he was a 'spin' bowler. After 2 months, we managed to train him to become a 'hook' bowler with more consistent curve along the lane". Not long after that, Naqib was selected to participate in the Selangor District Sports Council Bowling Championship representing Petaling Perdana", said Razif.

In 2012, Naqib won 1st place in the Selangor Schools Sports Council Bowling Championship in the Men's Individual Under-12 category followed by the Men’s Individual Under-12 champion in the Penang Festival International Bowling Championship. Later in 2013, he emerged as the Champion in the Men’s Individual Under-16 category in the Kuala Lumpur Circuit Bowling Championship.

"My exciting moment was when I played in Singapore recently. I manage to clinch 2nd place but the experience I gained from playing with top Asian players was extremely priceless. Maybe I was a little nervous the other day but the exposure in international games is very important to boost my confidence".

"I strongly believe that with regular practice and trainings under Coach Razif, I’ll be able to perfect my games. I strive to be a professional player, like Zulmazran Zulkifli and represent Malaysia" Naqib added.

Meanwhile, Coach Razif said, "Naqib has the skills and potential to be successful bowler. He is a disciplined bowler, who possess qualities of a champion. During long training hours, he would obediently follow all guidance to improve his games. I have no doubt that with his continuous family encouragement as well as his burning passion for bowling, Naqib will be a world class bowler".

Naqib is one of Perangsang Selangor’s Elite Bowling Team, currently training twice a week under the supervision of Seintak Bowling Club coaches.

Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad, through the "Selangor Sports Stimulus" (SSS) programme, has invested RM316,300 for bowling coaches, sports equipment and tournaments locally and abroad.

Since February 2014, Perangsang Selangor has spent RM777,000 for the SSS development programmes, involving 5 sports, namely bowling, swimming, badminton, cycling and football. The cycling, badminton and swimming athletes shined during the recent SUKMA in Perlis.

Biodata of Wan Muhammad Naqib
Age : 14
Date of birth : 11 October, 2000
Height : 1.61m
Weight : 44kg
Hometown : Shah Alam, Selangor
Schools : SK Bandar Anggerik (2007-2012)
SMK Seksyen 7 (2013-2014)
Hobby : Playing PS4
Likes : Spaghetti
Ambition : Professional bowler
Father : Norazizan Mohamad
Mother : Raja Noor Aspalaila Raja Muhammad
Siblings : 2 (Second)
Coach : Razif Abu Bakar
Idol : Zulmazran Zulkifli

2012 - Champion Men's Individual Under-12: Selangor Schools Sports Council Bowling Championship
2012 - Champion Men’s Individual Under-12: Penang Festival International Bowling Championship
2013 - Champion Men’s Individual Under-16: Kuala Lumpur Circuit Bowling Championship
2014 – 2nd Men’s Individual Under-14: 8th Singapore Sports School-Opulent International Bowling Championships