Shalin: I’m busier now than when I was a bowler

PETALING JAYA: Former international Shalin Zulkifli is a bowler in demand.

Since retiring from the national team in January, Shalin has been offered a coaching job by several Middle Eastern countries. The National Sports Council (NSC) have also given her an option to work with them on the administrative side, dealing with national athletes.

And she has been invited by various groups to be panellists in their webinars and has even hosted a few talk shows.

“I’m busier now than when I was a bowler, ” Shalin quipped.

The 42-year-old Shalin left the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) national set-up last month after serving the nation for 28 years.

Shalin has not made a decision on a coaching job or her career path just yet, as she is still single-minded on playing in the Professional Women Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour in the Unites States, starting in April.

“There are few things that I’m considering. I want to help other athletes, I want to focus on sports psychology and coaching too. But I’ve to put all these on hold as I want to bowl in the professional league first, ” she said.

“I do miss competing in a bowling tournament, but unfortunately, there are no competitions for bowlers now. So, this break gives me time to plan and prepare for future.

“I’ve been bowling on my own as part of training, just to keep the momentum going before I start the pro league.”

On whether she has secured enough funding to chase her professional dream in the US, Shalin said she had only a minimal sum.

“I will be based in Las Vegas with my daughter Aleya and, fortunately, I’ve a friend there. The league runs from April to September. It will be expensive as I estimate the cost to be about RM100,000, ” said Shalin.

“I’m still looking for sponsors. The only one confirmed so far is ‘Azidi Ameran Sdn Bhd’ – that’s my husband, ” added Shalin, bursting into laughter.

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