PETALING JAYA: From nothing rolling in 2020 to striking gold in 2021. It’s an ambitious vision, but bowler Natasha Roslan is fired up to see it through.
The youngest among the senior women bowlers, the 24-year-old Natasha aims to be part of the Asian Championship and SEA Games teams this year and also deliver golds in both competitions.
The Asian Championship in Hong Kong is scheduled for June 3 to 13, while the SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, are from Nov 21 to Dec 2.
“Although it’s going to be another challenging year, my goals in 2021 will keep me highly motivated and working hard, ” said Natasha.
“I think I did well in the internal roll-offs last year, but I felt I could have done even better. I just need to work on my consistency in my delivery.”
In last year’s singles roll-off event, Natasha, Nur Syazwani Sahar and Esther Cheah were the top three keglers in the women’s category.
Natasha’s most notable achievement in 2019 was finishing third in her debut at the Qubica AMF World Cup bowling championships in Palembang, Indonesia.
She is drawing inspiration from retired bowling great Shalin Zulkifli to succeed in the sport.
“She is an absolute legend and a role model to all of us. Her retirement from the national team has obviously affected us but we’re going to work even harder now.”
Natasha added that she is getting used to training at home due to the movement control order.
“We have been doing it during the last MCO. We’ve come up with a variety of ways to train, so we don’t get bored.
“The year 2020 has taught me to appreciate the little things in life more and also be more thankful.
“There were no competitions and I did not get a chance to win any titles, but I hope I get to achieve my goals when the pandemic ends.”
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