So, when Chinese New Year comes around and she gets to be with her family, it’s really time to let down her hair and have a ball, right from reunion night a day before the new year right up to Chap Goh Meh, the 15th day celebrations.
The Asian Bowling Federation’s (ABF) No. 1 women’s bowler said every Chinese New Year was memorable to her.
“As an athlete, you treasure festivals because that is when you get to be with your loved ones,” said the 27-year-old, who won a silver (women’s team of four) and bronze (women’s doubles) in the recent SEA Games.
“As you know, we have commitments, and it can be tough to find family time in between. So, when I get time off from bowling, the family will always be my number one priority.”
The affable bowler said one thing that she always looks forward to is her grandmother’s cooking.
“Before the new year, we would do some cleaning and then comes the family reunion dinner. I look forward to it because every dish that my grandmother cooks is sure to be awesome.
“Once that is done, we pray to the God of wealth at midnight. We call it ‘Jie Cai Shen’. Then the rest of the days, we continue to have dinners with relatives.
Li Jane deserves her break. To achieve success as Asia’s No. 1 bowler, she has had to make some sacrifices over the years, missing out on family and friends.
Last year, Li Jane topped the ABF rankings with 344 points.
South Korea’s Lee Na-young finished second with 316, and Singapore’s Cherie Tan completed the podium with 295.
For the new year, her goal is to win many tournaments and retain her status as No. 1.
“I am just looking forward to a great year ahead and also constantly improving myself as an athlete or a person.”
Last year, Li Jane won the Sarawak Open and the European Bowling Tour Masters in Madrid.
She also qualified for three stepladder finals at the Thailand Open (sixth), Malaysian Open (second) and USBC Queens in the United States (second).
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