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by james tang
Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi demonstrating the new computerised targeting system at the Gymnasium 3 of the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex.
KUALA LUMPUR: Top rifle shooter Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi was wearing a huge smile on Thursday.
The mother of one is happy because shooting has been given a big boost with the opening of a new training facility equipped with improved computerised targeting at Gymnasium 3 of the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex.
The national shooters began their first day of training at the new venue on Thursday.
And Nur Suryani hopes that the new training environment would help strengthen her preparation for the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
The new training targets are equipped with a computerised scoring system, which makes it easier for shooters to compare scores.
Olympian Nur Suryani was full of praise for the new training facility.
“It’s a nice place to train in as I have a comfortable position when aiming. The new flooring really makes it easier for me. The new electric targets are clearer and easier to see compared to the usual paper targets,” said the 31-year-old from Perak, who made her SEA Games debut in Kuala Lumpur in 2001.
“It’s good to see the improvements in our training facilities compared to years ago ... and the technology has improved.”
The veteran sharp shooter, who is a great role model for younger shooters, has been struggling to find her footing after giving birth to her first child last year.
“It’s a whole new environment for me ... with my baby and she has been a handful. So, I did struggle but I’ve managed to get some rest, thanks to my sister who has been a big help,” said the bubbly Nur Suryani, who was pregnant eight months when she competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Nur Suryani looks set to lead her team-mates into battle in Myanmar and they are hoping to shoot their way to glory.
“I won two gold medals at the last SEA Games in Palembang (2011). This time, I am competing as a mother and I am only taking part in one event (prone),” said the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
“I’ll do my best in the SEA Games and try to win ... but I won’t put any pressure on myself.”
Nur Suryani’s ultimate goal is to be at the peak of her form for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland next year.
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