National lawn bowlers Norhashimah Ismail (left) and Siti Zalina Ahmad in discussion during training at the Clarkston Bowling Club in Glasgow on Sunday. - Filepic
GLASGOW: Norhashimah Ismail has not lost her appetite for honours although she has a complete collection of medals in lawn bowls.
The seasoned campaigner, who made her debut at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games with a bronze in the women's fours event, is looking forward to more challenges.
"It doesn’t matter if I have won the gold, silver or bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games … I just want to continue playing and win more honours.
“My philosophy is simple - the more you play, the better you get," said Norhashimah, who is down to play in the women's pairs and fours events.
Norhashimah won the gold in the women's triples event at the 2006 Melbourne Games and a silver in the pairs event at the New Delhi Games in 2010.
Norhashimah said that the national team are on par with the top lawn bowlers from other nations.
This, she said, is thanks to the efforts put in by the Malaysian Lawn Bowls Federation (MLBF) and the funding from the National Sports Council (NSC) for their overseas stints and training programmes.
In Glasgow, Norhashimah will team up with two-time singles gold medallist Siti Zalina Ahmad in the pairs event.
"The lawn bowls competition is very close. There is no room for slip-ups. We have come well prepared and I’m game for more honours," she said.
After back-to-back gold medals in 2002 Manchester (1-0-1) and 2006 Melbourne (2-0-0), the national team could only manage a silver and a bronze in New Delhi four years ago.