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New coach Scott sees world class players in Brunei
Sunday, April 6, 2014

Brunei's new lawn bowls coach Tony Scott has big plans for the national team.

The Australian, who landed in the Sultanate on March 4, told The Brunei Times that he plans to get the national bowlers to be on par with the top players in the world during his two-year stay.

"I want Brunei to be up there with the powers of the game, it's as simple as that," Scott said.

"That's why I'm here. I want them to be successful and I will do everything I can to train these guys - introducing new programmes, circuit programmes and fitness - to give them the best opportunity to achieve and be in the top echelon in the world.

"What I introduced to these guys is the word that we use... the first word that I introduced is something I want you to get used to and this is what we're going to work towards, and the word is winning," said Scott.

The 56-year-old did confess that that there's still a lot to work on but remains positive.

"We still have a long way to go but I wouldn't be here if I wasn't confident that at the end of my two-year plan or hopefully earlier - with the right procedures in relation to training that I can put in place - that some of these bowlers can be competitive.

"I have no doubt now that you've got some players in this country that have that ability to be in the top echelon of players in the world ... There are three or four of them that can hold their own against anyone," he said.

Scott is all business when it comes down to training as he keeps an eagle eye on all his athletes, evaluating and keeping spreadsheet results which he then shares with them.

"I've only been here a short amount of time but from what I have seen, so far it's impressive and the thing that stands out most is their desire and how proud they are to represent their country," said Scott, who has also spent time coaching in the United States.

"To me that's a big thing. They are very proud and very committed. Since I've been here we've had training sessions four nights a week and I've worked them hard," he said.

The national trio of Abd Rahman Hj Omar, Pg Md Salleh Chuchu Pg Hj Tuah and Dk Nurul Nabillah Pg Md Salleh Chuchu won bronze during the March 28-30 1st Lion City Cup International Lawn Bowls Championship in Singapore.

"They haven't won a medal since 2008 in that event... For those guys to go to Singapore and to win a medal, for me that's the first small stepping stone in the big plan," added Scott.

Abd Rahman and Hjh Amalia Hj Metali departed the Sultanate on Friday for the April 8-16 World Indoor Singles Championships at the Warilla Bowls & Recreational Club in New South Wales, Australia.

Courtesy from Brunei Times