GLASGOW: Siti Eleeni Ibrahim has had partially impaired vision since the age of 11 due to damaged optic nerves.
And life has been an uphill struggle for the Kuala Lumpur-born Siti since her eye problem in 2000.
Yet, Siti has never given up hope and likes to enjoy life.
Siti, who is undergoing a course to become a telephone operator, took up lawn bowls last year.
After just one year of training, she is in Glasgow to represent Malaysia in the Commonwealth Games para-sports category.
The lawn bowls competition for disabled athletes begins on Thursday at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre.
Siti is excited about the Games because it’s her maiden international competition.
“Although life has been a struggle for me since I almost lost my sight 14 years ago, I don’t want people to sympathise with me just because of my condition,” said Siti.
“I want to be an independent person and do things on my own.
“I’m glad that I took up lawn bowls after meeting with the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) official last year.
“I was introduced to lawn bowls and I enjoy playing it because it calls for a lot of patience.”
Siti will face Scotland’s Irene Edgar in the singles first round.
Although this is her first international outing, Siti said: “I am not nervous … instead I’m more excited about representing Malaysia at the Games.
“I want to make a mark at the Games as I want to continue donning Malaysian colours.”
Glasgow will be featuring the biggest-ever number of para-sports events in the history of the Games – a total of 22 in five sports.
The five sports are athletics, lawn bowls, swimming, power-lifting and, for the first time, track cycling.