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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Missy Bellinder:”Any dream is a dream worth fighting for”

 American Missy Bellinder has achieved her dream of becoming a Pro Bowler. Strange as it may seem to some, but this young lady’s ambition has always been to become a bowler. She says “most kids will respond with ‘be a doctor’, ‘be an engineer’, ‘a teacher’ etc. Hers had always been ‘be a bowler’.

Missy practically grew up at a bowling alley. Her father Frank is a long time PBA member and owns and operates a proshop. She started bowling at the age of 2+ yrs…by sitting near the foul line and pushing the ball onto the lane!

Missy turned pro in 2004 at the age of 22 yrs. The PBA Women’s series is a small tour. Currently it only lasts from October to January. Missy’s dream is for it to expand to a bigger tour.

Missy is also a member of the Men’s PBA Regionals and is the only woman with 2 Regional titles. Her favorite quote is: “Any dream is a dream worth fighting for”.

Her advice to bowling aspirants is: “Don’t be afraid to study overseas. Try new things”. A sound advice indeed, as exposure is most important for inner growth.

As for her trip to Malaysia for the Canon Malaysian Open, Missy had fun, but is disappointed that the pins didn’t co-operate when they mattered most. She failed to proceed to the finals even though she felt she bowled well…”just not my day”.

When she’s not on a bowling tour, Missy Bllinder spends her time coaching. She’s been coaching since she was 16 yrs old and loves coaching! She’s also a USBC certified Bowling Instructor.

You can check out more about Missy by visiting her website: http://www.missybellinder.com

Have a great day!

Jonathan

 

 

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