“This year, I have deferred one semester so that I can completely focus on bowling,” said Li Jane, who is doing an American degree program at a local college. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: National bowler Sin Li Jane is ready to sacrifice her studies to excel in her career.
The 22-year-old has deferred her studies in Sunway College to prepare and peak at two major assignments – the Asian Championships in Bangkok in May and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in September.
Li Jane, who has made bowling a priority since breaking into the national back-up squad at the age of 14, agreed that “sacrifices are needed to achieve excellence”.
“This year, I have deferred one semester so that I can completely focus on bowling,” said Li Jane, who is doing an American degree with the college.
“There are two important tournaments for me and I want to do well in both,” said Li Jane, who was the gold medallist at the biennial Asian Championships in Hong Kong in 2012.
In her Asian Games debut in Guangzhou in 2010, she won a bronze medal in the women’s team event.
Li Jane clearly knows what sacrifices are all about, having left her hometown of Ipoh, Perak to start afresh in Kuala Lumpur. That was a life-changing moment for her as she had to leave behind home comfort and childhood friends at a very young age.
But it all proved worthwhile as, four years later, she broke into the senior team – way faster than other bowlers from the same batch.
Now, at just 22, she is considered as one of the seniors in the team. She did well last year when she emerged as the top performer at the World Championships in Nevada. She finished fifth in the All-Events and was a member of the team who won a bronze medal.
Last year, she also won the Singapore Open title and finished top in every single selection roll-off carried out by the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC).
“It is funny when I am referred to as a “senior”. I have been in the elite team for four years now and I am more experienced than some of the new bowlers, although we are about the same age range,” she said with a smile.
“There is still so much that I want to accomplish in bowling and, hopefully, it will another good year for me.”
Besides Li Jane, the others in the elite team are Esther Cheah, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi, Shalin Zulkifli, Natasha Roslan, Radin Nur Najwa Arifah Radin Dzulfakar, Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman.
Syaidatul, Natatsha and Radin are making their debut in the women’s elite squad.
“We have started training and the newcomers are adjusting well. My first international assignment will be the Brunswick Challenge in Munich next month ... I hope to get off to a good start,” said Li Jane.