Shalin keeps Li Jane rolling on


PETALING JAYA: Asia ‘s No. 1 bowler Sin Li Jane has come far in bowling because of her perseverance, passion and attitude.

And she has former teammate Shalin Zulkifli to thank for.

“Perseverance, passion and attitude are the values I’ve learned from Shalin. As you know, Shalin is a great fighter. I’ve learned that even if you fail, we can get back up and do better, ” said Li Jane.

Shalin left the national team after serving for 28 years last week.

The 29-year-old Li Jane, the current No. 1 female bowler in the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF), said she would continue Shalin’s legacy.

“At first, I felt sad that Shalin decided to leave. But we have to respect her decision, ” she said.

“Now we have to move forward. Have passion and perseverance and do our very best, like Shalin.”

Li Jane was going great guns before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

In 2019, she 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).

At the 2019 SEA Games, she won silver (women’s team of four) and bronze (women’s doubles).

Due to the new movement control order, the national bowlers will have to train from home again, but Li Jane said she is better prepared this time around.

“I still need to fine-tune on consistency and accuracy. With that in mind, I will do my homework at home and come back stronger, ” she said. “For me personally, 2020 was a great year to do some reflection on ourselves, and we had time to improve.

“I get to continue with my studies when all classes were online.

“But I’ve been missing the feeling of winning a tournament.

“Hopefully, we will be able to compete again.”

With Shalin out of the national line-up, the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress will be banking on the likes of Li Jane, Esther Cheah, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman and Natasha Roslan to form the core of the women’s bowling team for future competitions.

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