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Malaysia’s Female Bowling Icon…Shalin Zulkifli

 In Malaysia, the name Shalin Zulkifli is synonymous with Bowling. In many ways, she helped put Malaysia on the World bowling map.

 

Shalin was born in England, but brought up in Malaysia. She started bowling in 1989 when she would follow her parents to the bowling alley. To date, she has carved herself a most impressive list of achievements that include being voted Asian Bowler Of  The Year for two consecutive years in 2000 & 2001.  

 

Shalin has won gold medals in a host of impressive tournaments, including the Commonwealth Games/ ABF Tour/ Hong Kong/ Doha Asian Games/ SEA Games/ 20th Asian Championships.

 

Her most memorable moment was winning the World Tenpin Masters by defeating the then World Bowler Of  The Year, Tore Torgerson! 

 

 

In May 2008, Shalin became Malaysia’s first Probowler. This had always been a dream to her. Her next step would be to win a PBA title…ultimately achieving her dreams.

 

In the mean time, this determined and talented bowler hopes to qualify for the next PBA Tour which will start in August. Speaking to her recently, she conceded she was honored and proud to be the country’s first Probowler. She now has to go one step further…and that is to prove she belongs in the group of  top bowlers in the world.

 

Shalin was humble enough to admit that there’s still a lot of work she has to do to prepare herself to compete at the highest level of bowling. Watching the pros has opened her eyes to the stuff she needs to improve on.

 

On what tips she would offer to aspiring bowlers, Shalin has this to say:

 

Have more variations on your release and ball speed.

Don’t miss spares.

Listen to your Coach.

Never stop learning.

Must acquire more knowledge by doing your own research.

 

But the most important advice Shalin and hubby Azidi Ameran (former National Elite Squad member) are giving would be to ‘put country above yourself’.

 

You can find out more info on Shalin Zulkifli here: http://web.mac.com/shalinzulkifli/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html 

 

Till the next post,

 

Happy bowling

 

Jonathan

  

 

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Malaysian Youth wins World Ranking Masters title

2009/05/05

Bowling: Siti aims to strike it big in Las Vegas

By : Ajitpal Singh nst sports online

Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman (centre),  gets a hug from her parents Abdul Rahman Mohd Shariff (left)  and Faudziah Mokhtar after showing them her World Ranking Masters plaque. — Pic: GOH THEAN HOWE
Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman (centre), gets a hug from her parents Abdul Rahman Mohd Shariff (left) and Faudziah Mokhtar after showing them her World Ranking Masters plaque. — Pic: GOH THEAN HOWE

SITI Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman is ready to take on the world, and being the World No 1 at only 19, will put her in the right frame of mind to achieve greater things in the sport.

Siti Safiyah, who won the World Ranking Masters on Saturday, said the win has given her the self-belief and confidence to excel towards becoming a professional.

“I went to Naples to gain experience but ended up winning the world title. It is a dream come true to win a world class title at 19,” said Siti Safiyah yesterday.

She was forced to finance her Naples trip on her own after not qualifying for the tournament on merit.

“I’m aware that the pressure will now be greater to perform in tournaments. I will need to train harder under the close guidance of coach Holloway (Cheah).”
Siti Safiyah, the only child of Abdul Rahman Mohd Shariff and Faudziah Mokhtar, said her prime target would be to help Malaysia win medals in the Women’s World Championships. Malaysia will be defending their team gold medal at the world meet in Las Vegas on July 24-Aug 2.

“It is going to be tough in Las Vegas as all the top professionals will be there with a similar goal. I have been training hard for it and even skipped a semester to concentrate on the world meet,” she said.

Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) president Datuk P.S. Nathan said that Siti Safiyah is one of the three bowlers on the sure list for the world meet.

Shalin Zulkifli and Esther Cheah are the other two on the list.

“For now, I will focus on the Singapore Open (May 26-June 6) and it will be important for me to make an impression. I must do well to show that my win in the World Masters was not a fluke,” added Siti, who is pursuing a degree in Creative Mutimedia at Segi College in Subang.

The bowler skipped her third semester in April to concentrate on training but will resume her studies after the world meet.

She will use the prize money, totalling US$10,000 (RM35,600), from the World Masters to finance her studies.

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Cool Zul wins again at Malaysian Open ’09

  Zulmazran Zulkifli successfully defended his title at the 32nd Canon Malaysian International Open today. It was a closely fought battle against a most worthy opponent…Surasak Manuwang of Thailand who earlier had to put up a tough fight against Hong Kong’s Wu Siu Hong in the semi finals.

Zulmazran had earlier disposed off Malaysian youngster Kang Bo Long in the semi finals. He was speechless at his win. All he could say was “I am so happy!”

Carolyn and Zulmazran with their Championships trophies

In the Women’s division, professional bowler Carolyn Ballard from USA had a narrow win over Geraldine Ng of Singapore.

Going into the quarter finals, it looked like the pro bowlers were going to dominate the lanes. Together with Carolyn were Missy Bellinder and Wendy Macpherson of USA and Malaysia’s first pro bowler Shalin Zulkifli.

However, only Carolyn survived to proceed to the semi finals when she defeated another Singaporean Bernice Lim.

For full results, please go to the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress link at the top right column of this page or to the link to ABC to Bowling Facebook page for more photos and videos.

Happy bowling

Jonathan

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