PETALING JAYA: National bowler Esther Cheah (pic) is looking forward to a family reunion this Chinese New Year.
The 32-year-old needs the short break so that she can return to the bowling alley refreshed – especially after getting off to a miserable start to the season this year.
“My brother and his family will be coming down from Abu Dhabi. It’ll be fun to have everyone around this time,” said the daughter of national head coach Holloway Cheah.
“It’ll be a timely short break away from the bowling alley. I started off the year terribly.”
And when she hits the lanes again, a revived Esther hopes to erase the poor showings at the two Open tournaments in Finland and Sweden last month.
“I failed to qualify for the finals at both the European tournaments,” said Esther.
“I’ve to work harder on my weaknesses. I need to tighten up my techniques. Hopefully, all these will pay off in future tournaments.”
Podium Programme bowler Esther will be taking part in the Brunswick Euro Challenge (BEC) in Munich, Germany, from March 10-18.
“My teammates and I are trying to stay fit and injury-free for the tournaments lined up for us,” said Esther.
“I have some minor injuries but I’m working closely with my physiotherapist and trainer (from National Sports Institute) to address it. I’ve to thank them for their assistance.
“My main goal this year is to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (in Indonesia in August). As a team, we’re doing all that our coaches have instructed us to do – so that we can peak at the Asiad.”
Esther was a member of the team that won the team gold at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.
Last year, she ended her campaign by being part of the team that won a gold medal at the World Championships in Las Vegas, United States.
She’s hoping to quickly shrug off her sluggish start this season to progress steadily for the Asiad and justify her status as one of the key players in the team event together with Shalin Zulkifli, Sin Li Jane, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi and Natasha Roslan.
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