SUBANG: National shooter Roslina Bakar proved that training without a coach was not a problem when she came alive with stronger performances on the final day of the national championships to bag two gold medals for Pahang at the Subang Range yesterday.
Roslina, who turned 30 on Saturday, scored a total of 665.4 to win the small bore rifle three position individual event. And together with Nasreena Nasruddin and Nur Ain Ibrahim took the team title with a score of 1,679.
The win was made even sweeter when the National Shooting Association of Malaysia's (NSAM) executive secretary, Jasni Shaari, confirmed yesterday that Roslina and four others – Nurul Hudda Baharin, Hasli Izwan Amir Hasan, Mohd Emran Zakaria and Mohd Sabki Mohd Din – will represent Malaysia in the SEA Games in Vietnam in December.
The Manchester Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, who is the only shooter exempted from training under national coach Saidou Isrial of Belarus, said that training without a coach had made her more determined to excel.
But she admitted that former coach Poliakov Slava of Russia had helped her out.
“The style of coaching of the current national coach does not suit me and I have opted to train on my own. However, I keep in touch with my former Russian coach through mails and he has been guiding me,” said Roslina, who had trained under Slava from 1994-1998 en route to winning her first bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
“If I am not satisfied with my performances, I will refer to him (Poliakov). I am glad I helped Pahang to win the gold medals today but I am not satisfied with my scores. I will get in touch with my former coach and iron out my weaknesses.
“I hope to be better prepared for the coming tournaments (Tun Hanif Trophy in Penang next month and SEA Games).”
Roslina said that she was glad that she changed her mind on quitting the sport following a nasty accident, which took her elder sister's life on the eve of Hari Raya last December.
“It was a car accident. My sister, who is my mental trainer, passed away and I escaped with minor injuries. I took a four-month break and nearly gave up the sport. But after coaxing from my family members and the Russian coach, I decided to stay on,” she said.
Besides the SEA Games, she is also hoping to win a place in next year's Athens Olympics. She has to do well in the Asian Championships in February next year to keep her Olympic dream alive.
Meanwhile, youngster Leong Jia Chyuan emerged as the biggest winner in the four-day national meet and the SportExcel-NSC-Milo national junior circuit, which also ended yesterday.
He pocketed another two gold medals in the sport pistol individual and team events yesterday to take his tally to five in the junior circuit. He had won six gold medals in the national meet.
With Jia Chyuan's contribution, Selangor emerged as the overall champions in both the national and junior tournaments.
In the national meet, Selangor raked in a total 12 gold, four silver and eight bronze medals. They had a haul of 10-5-3 in the junior circuit.