Bowler Safiyah hopes to make team for World Championships
KUALA LUMPUR: Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman wants 2013 to be a year of redemption in her bowling career.
After missing out on some of the major tournaments due to her thyroid problems over the last two years, the former world champion has set her sights on making a strong comeback starting with the 36th National and Interstate Championships at the Sunway Mega Lanes from March 23-30.
Safiyah, who made heads turn when she emerged as the youngest Malaysian to win the World Ranking Masters in 2009, said her health was no longer a problem.
“I did not win any titles last year but it was still all right because I was quite consistent. The worst season was in 2010,” said Safiyah, who will turn 23 next month.
There were two big tournaments that Safiyah missed in 2010. She suffered a drastic drop in form and was not picked for the Asian Games and World Championships.
Safiyah, however, did not lose heart. She bounced back to win a silver in the doubles with Jacqueline Sijore in the Asian Championships in Hong Kong last year. She also finished a creditable fourth in the KL Open.
“This year, the major event is the World Championships (in the United States from Aug 17-31). I missed the last edition due to my health condition. This time, I am going to fight for a place. Physically, I am in good shape,” said Safiyah, who is doing a multimedia course at SEGi University.
“I will be using the upcoming National Championships and the Malaysian Open in May to impress the national selectors. I also intend to defer my studies to revive my bowling career,” she added.
There is a plethora of talented women bowlers in the country. Safiyah will have to battle for a place in the six-member team to the World Championships with Esther Cheah, Shalin Zulkifli, Jacqueline, Sin Li Jane, Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi, Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Abang Jamalidon, Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani, Siti Shazwani Ahmad Suhaimi, Hee Kar Yen, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi and Sharon Koh.
“Right now, Esther, Shalin, Li Jane and Zandra are the most consistent bowlers. I have some catching up to do.
“Hopefully, I will be able to rejoin the leading pack once again,” added Safiyah, who has represented Malaysia since 2005.
- THE STAR